Brazil's ethanol story

Bob TippeeEditorWhile much can be said about the energy achievements of Brazil, Latin America's economic dynamo does not, with one exception, represent a model for energy policy-making in the US.At least twice in recent speeches, however, US President Barack Obama has purred approvingly about the dimension of Brazil's energy program least applicable to the US."If anyone doubts the potential of these [bio]fuels, consider Brazil," the president said in an energy-policy talk Mar. 30 at Georgetown University. "…Half of Brazil's vehicles can run on biofuels—half of their fleet of automobiles can run on biofuels instead of petroleum."In a fiscal-policy speech Ap...

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