March 2, 2007

SEEDING THE AXIS OF GOOD:

U.S., Brazil plan ethanol partnership (David Jackson, 3/01/07, USA TODAY

If completed, the planned deal would help increase both nations' production of ethanol, creating significant economic as well as political implications.

First, expanding world ethanol markets would help the USA and other nations reduce their dependence on foreign oil. Also, reduced demand for oil might reduce the clout of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, who has tried to use his nation's oil reserves to undercut U.S. policies in the region.


Turning Brazil into a pro-Western, second-tier global power would be second only to the relationship the President has developed with India.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 2, 2007 8:53 AM
Comments

Yes.
But did it have to be about ethanol? Ethanol makes one lousy fuel, by any criterion.

Posted by: John J. Coupal at March 3, 2007 11:37 AM
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