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BRAZIL'S PRESIDENT FINDS ETHANOL A HARD SELL IN CENTRAL AMERICA

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Title: BRAZIL'S PRESIDENT FINDS ETHANOL A HARD SELL IN CENTRAL AMERICA
Author: NotiCen
Subject(s): Lula da Silva
biofuel
energy
matrix
Mexico
Honduras
Nicaragua
Jamaica
Panama
Daniel Ortega
food
cane
grains
food
alternative
sources
renewable
hydroelectric
power plant
Zelaya
free-trade agreement
FTA
Sistema de Integracion Centro Americana
SICA
sugarcane
sustainable
development
Canal
Martin Torrijos
memorandum of understanding
Hugo Chavez
MERCOSUR-SICA
agreement
Alternativa Bolivariana para los pueblos de America
ALBA
Abstract: Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva visited four Central American nations in a tour of northern Latin America that began in Mexico. It was, for the most part, a "biofuels diplomacy" trip that was played in the media as pitting Lula's ethanol against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's oil. By most accounts, oil won. Brazil is heavily invested in ethanol, and Lula has promoted the stuff as the future great source of the planet's energy and of the region's well-being.He met the greatest resistance to his message in Nicaragua, where President Daniel Ortega conditioned the expansion of ethanol production on not "jeopardizing the environment or encouraging monoculture." Ortega came down hard on ethanol made from corn, calling it "a crime and an attack on the rights to food of the Latin American and Caribbean peoples."
Date: 2007-08-16
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/11649

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