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In order to make ethanol from plant material the process requires energy to distill the ethanol. In the US this is usually provided by natural gas (although a new plant has opened that uses coal!).

There is also some question as to whether corn-based ethanol yields more energy than it takes to produce it.

My question: What is Brazil using as fuel for its ethanol production? Has ethanol shifted the balance to renewables or is it just a slight of hand like in the US?

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by rdf (robert.feinman@gmail.com) on Thu Mar 30th, 2006 at 06:22:56 PM EST

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