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Old 06-09-2008, 03:40 PM
 
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Also at the risk of offending, I'm going to suggest your sources not be limited to Wikipedia. I'd be interested in learning more about Brazil's program but, after all, anybody can edit a Wiki.

Used Wiki simply because it was the first source when I googled looking for a site. There are hundreds of sites with information on Brazil's ethanol program, and I hesitated at first when I used it as a source, thinking someone might bust my chops. Shoulda trusted the gut in this case!!
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Old 06-09-2008, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Drury Lane
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Used Wiki simply because it was the first source when I googled looking for a site. There are hundreds of sites with information on Brazil's ethanol program, and I hesitated at first when I used it as a source, thinking someone might bust my chops. Shoulda trusted the gut in this case!!
Please bust mine if you see me using it for a topic even if it's something uninteresting like weird roadside attractions or the names of counties in North and South Carolina.
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Old 06-09-2008, 03:47 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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Here is article released just six hours ago on Brazil's ethanol program:

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COSTA RICA, Brazil _ The other side of ethanol, vilified as a cause of soaring food prices and hunger, can be seen in Brazil, where farmers are pushing down energy costs _ both at the pump and the electricity meter.

Twenty thousand acres of sugar cane are sprouting through the red soil around this small town, destined for fuel tanks across the world. It's the start of a $2.7 billion ethanol project put together by Brazil Renewable Energy Co., or Brenco, a private venture financed by U.S. and Brazilian investors.

They plan to export a billion gallons of ethanol a year by 2015 _ enough fuel to offset demand for 65,000 barrels a day of oil.

Brazil Seeing Sweet Profit From Sugar Cane-Based Ethanol - Business - redOrbit

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This article takes a look at Brazil's ethanol production, but please note: it uses 2006 gas figures. At the time this was published, a gal/ethanol in Brazil cost $1. and our gas was at $1.50 (the article says).

As Brazil Fills Up on Ethanol, It Weans Off Energy Imports (http://yaleglobal.yale.edu/display.article?id=6817 - broken link)

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Interesting overview of ethanol and its social impact, from Swedish perspective:

http://www.gronabilister.se/file.php...0511084611.pdf

This should give anyone interested some insight into Brazil's ethanol program, including pros and cons . . .
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Old 06-09-2008, 03:58 PM
 
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Another consideration, is that ethanol can actually be used in even higher concentrations than the 85% we use now. As I understand it, the sole reason for adding gasoline to the mixture is to prevent the ethanol's being used for human consumption.
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Old 06-09-2008, 03:59 PM
 
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Now if you want to think about something scary, just think what would happen if OPEC stopped pegging the price of oil in dollars & switched over to Euros.
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Old 06-09-2008, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Huntersville
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Now if you want to think about something scary, just think what would happen if OPEC stopped pegging the price of oil in dollars & switched over to Euros.

Never will happen. The Euro is praying our dollar gains strength otherwise the Euro will only become weaker! I'll find the article later.
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Old 06-09-2008, 05:01 PM
 
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Our incredibly weak dollar is the main reason gas is so high. I expect after nov, gas prices will drop some though. They are really gouging us right now, cause they know their party will soon be over.
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Old 06-09-2008, 05:04 PM
 
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Never will happen. The Euro is praying our dollar gains strength otherwise the Euro will only become weaker! I'll find the article later.
Thanks! I'd be interested in reading it.
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Old 06-09-2008, 05:09 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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Charlotte driving habits have not change and will not change as a result of this spike.
Set your cruise control to 58 or 60 (mph) on I 77 from I 77 & I 85 to to the I 485 ramps and notice how many cars that will pass you especially large pickup trucks and SUV'S
(the speed limit in this section is 55 mph)
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Old 06-09-2008, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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Default Try Share the Ride NC for car pools

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There should be a website for carpooling match ups. Does anyone know of such a website? Want me to start one????
Share the Ride NC is a site where you can register & hook up car pools as well as van pools. I'm on there, hoping to find 2 others who want to car pool from Gastonia to Uptown.

CATS is so low on resources right now that they're not starting anymore van pools, but you can get on a waiting list. Maybe car pool until you can make a CATS van pool happen?
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