In biofuels circles, especially within the walls of the U.S. ethanol industry, Brazil has long been seen as a competitor for America's corn-based fuel. Industry representatives have gone so far as to label Brazil's ethanol industry as a threat to domestic production and U.S. energy independence. In 2011, however, this couldn't be further from the case: data from the U.S. Energy Information Association (EIA) shows Brazil actually propelled the United States to record ethanol exports last year.
U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence O'Neill, hearing the case in a Fresno courtroom, blocked California’s low-carbon fuel rules.
There may be a new player in the U.S. ethanol market. With oil prices soaring this week and the uncertainty over ethanol and farm subsidies, plans to build the nation's first sugar beet bio-fuels processing plant in North Dakota will be unveiled at statewide press conferences in Fargo, Jamestown and Bismarck on Monday on Monday, Dec. 13.
Standing in solidarity, a group of U.S. Democrat and Republican (GOP) senators have signed a letter calling for the expiration of ethanol subsidies during this Congress.