Comments on: Brazil’s oil windfall raises risk of Dutch disease Mon, 26 Sep 2016 03:26:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: SeniorMoment Sun, 03 Oct 2010 16:19:02 +0000 Brazil’s economic advance under Lulu was certainly influenced by a key decision Brazil made 30 years ago to shift vehicle use to Ethanol and more recent Brazilian choices of flexible cars that can run on on any proportion of gasoline (E20-E25 blend) and hydrous ethanol (E100). Brazil requires not less than 25% alcohol in light vehicle fuels.

To put Brazil’s decision in perspective, in spite of everything U. S. Consumers buy from China and the rest of Asia, the import of oil is over half of the U. S. trade deficit.

Americans can all hope that the push now for greater reliance on alternative fuels, including solar, wind, and even tidal power, will give the U. S. economy the same push it gave Brazil because we cannot produce enough ethanol domestically to meet our fuel needs, yet we have the greatest wind power potential.