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Resolutions for a New Year With Free Trade for Ethanol

by Leticia Phillips on Jan 01, 2012

Welcome to a brand new day in a brand new year! Today, for the first time in 30 years, we awoke to a tax and tariff free trade environment for ethanol. Finally, a fresh start for clean energy competition around the world, and sugarcane ethanol producers welcome it with open arms.

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Welcome to a brand new day in a brand new year!  Today, for the first time in 30 years, we awoke to a tax and tariff free trade environment for ethanol.  Finally, a fresh start for clean energy competition around the world, and sugarcane ethanol producers welcome it with open arms.

In honor of this exciting day and in sticking with tradition, we thought we’d take a moment to share our 2012 New Year’s Resolutions and observations with you:

  1. Sugarcane ethanol is committed to helping America diversify its energy supply and reduce greenhouse gases.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency places sugarcane ethanol in an elite category of superior biofuels because it reduces carbon dioxide emissions by more than 50 percent compared to gasoline.  However, Americans used practically none of this sweeter alternative in 2011 due to the cost-prohibitive tariff.  With the trade barrier gone, look for greater access and a corresponding increase in environmental benefits starting this year.
  2. Brazil will be a good partner helping to supply America’s clean energy future.  The United States and Brazil both desire safe, secure and affordable energy.  That’s why those countries formalized their partnership through the U.S.-Brazil Strategic Energy Dialogue last March.  Removing the U.S. import tariff on ethanol is a step in the right direction, but our ultimate goal is to foster an international market for free trade of clean, renewable energy.  With leadership from both Americans and Brazilians, this dream can become a reality.
  3. The best is yet to come.  Delicious table sugar and clean ethanol are probably the best-known uses for sugarcane today.  But this versatile plant has much more to offer.  High-tech innovation has begun to unlock other useful products that are also clean and renewable – things like bioelectricity, bioplastics and renewable fuels that could replace diesel and jet fuels.

We look forward to continuing our work together in 2012 to give Americans access to clean and affordable renewable energy solutions, and we wish you all a happy, healthy and green New Year.

copyright 2010 Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association