last night Thom brought us the story about Brazil protecting their manufacturing. I say: way to go Brazil! Woo-hoo! Thank you Brazil for another excellent example of what can be accomplished with common sense! Maybe we need a former Marxist Guerrilla to deal with all the craziness here and do the same.
Why is it that the Brazilians have more common sense and cajones than our melting pot here? In 1976 the Brazilian governance had the amazing ability to analyze the scenario and came up with a way to get off of petroleum. Currently over 90 % of their vehicles run on alcohol fuel.
There are many ways we could do it here. But don't think I am saying we do it the same stupid way we are now - there are many many other ways to go about making a renewable alternative. We need to be realistic NOW and look at what is already working in other parts of the world. Please don't regurgitate the assorted myths given to us from the American Petroleum Industry. Remember economics? They have the economics to promote many many myths of mythological proportions. At least Brazil isn't their sucker any more. We could lose our sucker status too. But before things can be different they have to be not the same. I hope things are not the same before we we run out of time to get totally trounced by oil prices and climate destruction.
Brazil vows to protect manufacturing - FT.comwww.ft.com/cms/s/0/b1d9f05a-6f8b-11e1-b368-00144feab49a.html
4 days ago – “We don't want to lose our manufacturing sector,” Guido. ... The government fears that employers will try to maintain their competitiveness by ...
Today this story is in the BBC:
Brazil to Charge Chevron Executives Over Fresh Oil Leak
Excerpt: "Brazilian prosecutors say they will bring criminal charges against 17 executives from the US oil company Chevron and drilling contractor Transocean after a new leak of crude."
Brazil is the world's second largest producer of ethanol fuel and the world's largest exporter. Together, Brazil and the United States lead the industrial production of ethanol fuel, accounting together for 87.8% of the world's production in 2010. In 2010 Brazil produced 26.2 billion litres (6.92 billion U.S. liquid gallons), representing 30.1% of the world's total ethanol used as fuel.
Brazil is considered to have the world's first sustainable biofuels economy and the biofuel industry leader, a policy model for other countries; and its sugarcane ethanol "the most successful alternative fuel to date."
Ethanol fuel in Brazil - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethanol_fuel_in_Brazil
There are no longer any light vehicles in Brazil running on pure gasoline. .... Alcohol Program -Pró-Álcool- (Portuguese: 'Programa Nacional do Álcool'), ...
- Flexible-fuel vehicle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flexible-fuel_vehicleJump to Brazil: In March 2009 Volkswagen do Brasil launched the Polo E-Flex, the first flex ... Brazilian flex cars are capable of running on just hydrated ethanol ... media to use more alcohol than gasoline in their mix only when ethanol ...
- BBC NEWS | Business | More Brazil cars run on alcoholnews.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/4602972.stmJan 11, 2006 – Brazil's carmakers sold more vehicles adapted to run on alcohol last year ... "Flex-fuel" cars attract a purchase tax of 14%, while buyers of their ...