1. The BRIC countries will use more energy than the developed countries by 2030. Belgium tries to prepare for the future with ridiculous projects like the biodiesel plant in Gent. Everyone knows by know that biodiesel from poppyseed oil is energy negative. Why else would biodiesel in Europe and the US be more expensive than petrol? The US is subsidizing biodiesel production with billions of dollars. Flexengines became a success in Brazil because 'alcool' at the pump is cheaper than 'gasolina'; as simpel as that. No way Europe or the US will be able to compete with the ethanol of Brazil.

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  2. Today Brazil clocked on more than 5 million cars driving with flex engines. Most car manufacturers have a local plant in Brazil. I explained already why. Most of these cars are produced with flex engines, which run both on ethanol and gasoline. People like having a backup of gasoline; in some rare remote places, they don't have ethanol pumps. But in most states all the pumps have both ethanol and gasoline. I drove for two years with a Peugeot with flex engine; a big pleasure, especially for your wallet. Contrary to the US, the Brazilian government doesn't subsidize the production of ethanol though. The production of the Brazilian ethanol from sugarcane has a much positiver yield than the yield from mais in the US, and much more productive than the production of biodiesel from poppyseed flowers in Europe. The latter even has a net negative energy yield. Only in Europe.
    PS 1,69 R$ = 0,62 € per liter ethanol alcool. The price of a liter of gasoline is currently 0,917 € in Brazil.

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