Ethanol Falters in Brazil
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  • Robert

    This is particularly upsetting because the United States has enormous supplies of low cost natural gas that can lower our dependence on Middle East oil, jump start the American economy, attract international capital and reduce our trade deficit. Of course the Obama administration is still trying to block the obvious benefits of natural gas, all in the name of “green energy”, whatever that is. The Best & The Brightest, Version 2.0.

  • Luke Lea

    The law of unintended consequences. If we want cleaner energy here in the U.S. — to say nothing of greater energy independence — then fracking is the future.

    I read somewhere recently that many thousands of these natural gas wells have been dug with only a small handful of mishaps, most notably contamination of an aquifer used for drinking water somewhere in Pennsylvania. It was a freakish accident, but to read the NYT you would think it was the most predictable thing in the world.

    Of course the oil companies are shooting themselves in the foot by resisting requests to identify the harmless “chemicals” that they pump into the ground to fracture these gas shales because they want to protect their “trade secrets.” A stupid loosing strategy which the greens will exploit to the max. Tin ears vs. the alienists.

  • soul

    Rather disappointing to read. Of all the alternative energy sources in production that I thought had a chance, sugarcane ethanol was it.

  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    It’s not a choice between Fossil Fuels or the Enviornment, unless you buy into the Global Warming [nonsense].

  • Kris

    “Aside from serving as a mind-boggling case study of supply and demand”

    Is “mind-boggling” the next “unexpectedly”?

  • jack

    This is odd. I was in Sao Paolo, Brazil two weeks ago and pure Ethanol was about 60% of the price of gasoline at the pump. Gasoline was pushing $9.00/gallon and pure ethanol was about $6/Gallon. I would not trust the veracity of this article.

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