Energy Independence in Brazil

Thursday, June 30, 2011

"In 1974, at the time of the first oil shock, Brazil imported 80 percent of its oil and the United States imported 30 percent. By 1994, as a result of the Brazilian ethanol program on the one hand and the lack of any meaningful energy independence policy in the United States on the other, both countries imported 45 percent of their oil. Since 1993 America's dependence has grown from 45 percent to 60 percent, while Brazil's has declined from 45 percent to zero. Not only that, but in 2006 Brazil became a net energy exporter, independent in oil and earning some $600 million in foreign exchange by exporting ethanol to Sweden and Japan."

- Robert Zubrin (from his book, Energy Victory)


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