This is simply Big Oil trying to keep market share. I would really like to know the financial interests held by the author and any of the contributors as I feel it is relevant to the perceived/projected bias within the article.
Look up "Brazil oil" on google and have a look at how a COUNTRY has dealt with its energy needs (too many articles to post here). None of this whining whinging about ethanol eating away at you engines (simple manufacturing changes can fix that), they simply said the only way to energy independence is to make your own. Brazil has mandated ethanol mix fuels and some US companies actually make vehicles that run on 85% ethanol for their market. It can be done quite simply and with minimal cost.
Would you rather rely on Brazil for ethanol, or the middle east for oil? IMHO the sooner the US is out TOTALLY from the middle east the better the world will be. There would be no need to support any factions/counties in disputes with other countries just to secure supply of oil for the US. There will be less money in the middle east to support terrorism.
Bit of a spiel on ethanol production in Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethanol_fuel noting the increasing use of cellulose ethanol (NOT made from foodstock but from the starchy components of the cell walls of wood or other side products of food production.)
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