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President Obama Praises Sugarcane Ethanol

by Joel Velasco on Jul 13, 2010

In a meeting yesterday with President Fernandez of the Dominican Republic, President Obama discussed working together to expand trade opportunities, particularly in the area of clean energy. Obama specifically praised sugarcane ethanol, citing its success story in Brazil and potential for the hemisphere. We hope it’s a sign that the Administration is ready to remove existing trade barriers that favor oil from our enemies over clean alternatives from our long standing allies.

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In a meeting yesterday with President Fernandez of the Dominican Republic, President Obama discussed working together to expand trade opportunities, particularly in the area of clean energy.  Obama specifically praised sugarcane ethanol, citing its success story in Brazil and great potential for the hemisphere. Watch the video below or read the President's full remarks here.

Yesterday also brought an important announcement from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, who yet again proposed substantial cuts to the nationwide mandate for cellulosic biofuels for 2011. With cellulosics accounting for just hundredths of a percent of the total fuel share in America, we’re reminded that advanced biofuels like sugarcane ethanol can play an enormous role in achieving the goals set forth by the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Meeting these targets requires putting every option on the table, and sugarcane ethanol from Brazil is one great option. President Obama’s message is encouraging, and we hope it’s a sign that the Administration is ready to remove existing trade barriers that favor oil from our enemies over clean alternatives from our long standing allies.

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