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Brazil Knocking On Door Of OPEC

Brazilian President Luis Ignacio Lula de Silva believes it is time for OPEC to recognize the emerging oil impact of his nation and make it a member of the oil producing nations’ club. In 2007, a uage oil reserve was disccovered off the coast of Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro area. The find could well catapult Brazil’s oil reserve by about 40% which should make Brazil an emerging economic powerhourse. Lula wants to combine the enormous work his nation has done in ethanol production with the new oil reserves to prove Brazil is no longer a third world nation, but an important figure in modern oil production. His goal is that by 2025, ethanol will handle all internal needs of the nation for oil which leaves the newly discovered oil to be sold abroad.

Lula, in an interview with Der Spiegel, argues Europe should not get involved in ethanol production but leave that aspect of energy to Latin American and Africa. “Our production costs are unbeatable,” he argues, and it is time for Europe and American to accept the role Brazil can play in the energy crisis facing the world.

Brazil brings to oil the presence of a stable government run on democratic princples and willing to cooperate with the world.

Coming World Food Crisis Is Here!

As the price of oil zooms into new levels, post industrial societies have shifted enormous sectors of their agriculture to produce ethanol for cars. A result is increasing shortages of food and higher prices. From Bangladesh to Haiti, from Uganda to Bolivia, people are taking to the streets in protest against higher food prices. Louis Michel, the European Union’s humanitarian commssioner, said “a global food crisis is becoming apparent. We are headed toward the “perfect storm” in which drought, poor harvests, rising fuel prices, the growth of biofuels and increased pressure from a rising Chinese and Indian middle class is exerting temendous demands upon existing food resources. Last week, people rioted in Egypt over food prices and 40 people died in such outbreaks in the Cameroon in February. There have been violent demonstrations in Senegal, the Ivory Coast and Mauritania.

Wheat and corn were meant to be eaten, not driven. World leaders continually denounce the rise of terrorism while pursuing energy programs that encourage the rise of terrorism. Do industrial societies of the world expect people on the verge of starvation to show “patience” because Americans or Europeans refuse to adopt intelligent energy programs that would reduce reliance on ethanol and oil? It is time for those possessing wealth to demonstrate in the streets in favor of an end to utilization of oil as the main source of energy.