Due to concerns with global climate change, Brazil's long and diversified experience with biofuels has captured the attention of policymakers worldwide. Yet, little is known about the history and scale of the Brazilian biofuels program in the United States. This comment provides an introduction to the history of Brazil's biofuels program and refers to the basic statutes that set it in place. Due to the unavailability of these enactments in English, an appendix provides the relevant portions of these statutes both in Portuguese and in the author's English translation.


Biofuels, legislation, ethanol, biodiesel, energy policy

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Syracuse Journal of International Law & Commerce

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35 Syracuse Journal of International Law & Commerce 293 (2008)


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