Brazil pioneers energy independence with ethanol

For years now — and throughout this years U.S. presidential campaign — Americans have been debating how to achieve energy independence. Brazil is the second largest producer of ethanol after the U.S., which uses corn rather than sugarcane. Even though the global financial crisis has hit the Brazilian ethanol industry hard, global demand for sugarcane-based ethanol is growing. Brazil expects to harvest 12 percent more cane than last year and plans to increase exports by 25 percent.

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