News and Tribune


March 21, 2007

ROSE: Ethanol agreement could have unintended consequences

Recently in the Brazilian city of Sao Paolo, a new partnership was agreed upon by President George W. Bush of the United States and President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil.

After years of a hesitant relationship, both countries have come together to promote the production and use of ethanol between themselves and the countries in between.

President Bush explained that the U.S. decision to move forward on this issue was due to the nation’s increased dependency on oil from overseas, and because it is a national security issue.

Aside from its oil dependency on the conflictive Middle East, the United States has felt the sting and barbs of the aspiring leader of left-wing Latin America, President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. President Chavez has made obvious overtures to Fidel Castro of being the one who will raise Castro’s mantel when the old leader dies.

During President Bush’s trip throughout South America, Hugo Chavez tried to ratchet anti-American sentiment from near by Argentina. In February, Venezuela and Argentina had signed a series of economic pacts, one of them being the Bank of the South. Due to its rich oil revenues, Chavez can allow himself the largesse of “aiding” other fellow Latin American countries, with an eye to gain regional power. With the Brazilian-US agreement, part of that plan was thwarted.

The alliance formed by the United States and Brazil positions Brazil as regional leader and world power. It also repositions the United States in an area where it was loosing most of its clout and to re-route relations between North and South in the Hemisphere.

But like most trade agreements, there are certain dangers ahead. This alliance will have an environmental as well as a social impact. A Brazilian engineer, Expedito Parente, was quoted as saying in a Brazilian newspaper, “We have 80 million hectares in the Amazon that are going to be converted into the Saudi Arabia of biodiesel.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Easter 2014 photos

Click on any photo to purchase it.

Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament
2013 Photos of the year

Take a look at our most memorable photos from 2013.