Advancing Cooperation on Sustainable Biofuels Throughout the Americas

Posted by Richard Simmons
August 27, 2010
Officials Visit Concentrated Solar Power Plant and Research Center in Florida

About the Author: Richard Simmons is an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow in the Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs.

It's August 27, and we are en route from the USDA Agricultural Research Service Sugarcane Field Station in Canal Point, Florida, to the Florida Crystals Cogeneration Facility in Okeelanta, along with officials from Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and El Salvador. This visit is part of a Renewable Energy Meeting in South Florida, hosted by the Department of State and the Organization of American States, and part of the U.S.-Brazil Bilateral Memorandum of Understanding to Advance Cooperation on Biofuels. The arrangement makes possible the exchange of experiences between the U.S. and Brazil on sustainable biofuels and enables the exchange of information to several third-party countries in Central America and the Caribbean that have unique opportunities for the development and local use of biofuels.

Earlier, we had an excellent visit to the Florida Power and Light Plant, where the local team, led by Director John Gnecco, has begun the commissioning phase of the concentrated solar power (CSP) facility. Concentrated solar power uses specialized parabolic mirrors to focus sunlight on tubes conveying media that transfers heat. This fluid is raised to a temperature in excess of 700 degrees Fahrenheit, and used to create steam for power generation. The group I toured the facility with was extremely interested in Florida's renewable energy legislation, which uses innovative ways to encourage private sector investment. The United States benefits from harnessing the abundant Florida sunshine, and all of us -- including our Brazilian, Central American, and Caribbean friends -- benefit from seeing renewable energy in action.

You can read more about the Renewable Energy Meeting here.

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palgye
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South Korea
August 28, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Biofuel is great, but the biggest weakness of the global grain prices will likely rise to the idea. For a steady supply, such as Madagascar and the need to develop new grain belt I think. Rather than local scale and the concept of a particular country, I think. Traditional breadbasket, with the introduction of new technologies and
The management system is operated by a major way by introducing grain, feed supplies and prices do not have a negative impact on the way you think will be introduced.

Introduced a new system to be divided by continent enabled to think about the question disappeared. They think work is a new energy enemy.

palgye
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South Korea
August 28, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Dear to Secretary Hillary Clinton.

Biofuel.
-When you start, comparable to health care reform and financial reform will begin a reform, or reform, hoping to expect,

OysterCracker
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United States
August 28, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

Palgye,
Biofuel is a great idea but the government allows speculators to drive up grain prices which affects every American citizen. There should be certain things you can't commoditize and make profit on like energy, housing, food, medical care and education, basically everything and anything that touches a person's life. People can afford to stay in their homes if mortgages were reasonable. People could stay in their apartments if rent was reasonable but they aren't and that's why America has such a homeless problem because banks are allowed to ride herd on people's lives. Politicians in Washington don't understand this because they are in America's elite class. To them, a shortage is when they run out of their favorite coffee flavor. The government has no clue how much suffering there is in American society due to their misguided policies.

palgye
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South Korea
August 29, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

To, O.C. in the U.S.A.

Before saying, first thing is solar and wind.

Biofuel energy, such as the oil and gas to become part of the energy must be in proportion to 30% return on investment occurs, I think. If only the United States saenggakhap, full of American self-sufficiency in food and feed ingredients and energy used to obtain a system of Biofuel think. However, the problem is based on determining the price of grain is now the world, particularly Asia and Latin America, depending on the movement of the reflection of thought. Now you'll have to include Russia and Eastern Europe. I think the policy of the United States inside and outside the U.S. I think it's a problem I think. As a small example of the Wall-mart in the United States the price of manufactured goods sold in the U.S. does not have labor and technology, priced at a higher price for becoming a significant burden on the U.S. economy is thought to provide. Think of OC as the production of Latin America and North America, putting together the technical and spending, but if you have any problem, the grain market, the market is open than you think if someone wants to market speculation, the possibility always exists byeolhal I think. And if you do not recognize the existence of a major, approximately 5-6% of world population is exposed to more hunger to think. In addition, all agricultural and industrial prices rose, we stopped receiving all the services, some of it is also possible. Likely to cause riots in poor countries, I think. The problem is that know-how can be acquired in 2-3 years time and effort is not anything you think is needed. Everything is possible, but what the most appropriate and efficient for us to think about something I think. We are more familiar case of vehicles with gasoline and diesel engines, greatly divided, I think. Now, the policy of certain countries to all countries that you think it will affect. Moreover, the policy of the United States, a few days ago called on the United States as the Dow drops to 10,000, with the stock market downturn of the world or to defend the stock price was desperately trying to do you remember? Says laughing. No American would speak to everyone and then he called the situation, my conclusion is simple. U.S. policy today in the world so far exert a powerful influence I think. So, Biofuel of the problem is not just America's problem, I think. If you bother to find cases, most of China's soybean exports from America to China's rapidly changing situation on the American continent's energy prices are predicted to give them a serious blow.

I think the way is easy. Biofuel of the current system has failed to think. Thought you were going to criticize, but the experience of major crops and technologies, capital and other continents is always a chance of prying customers as well as provide opportunities for the public interest, government policies and objectives for present and new locations, while maintaining appropriate to grow crops, while still hungry and find a way to rescue the country, I think. Lack of professional knowledge is less the story. Now the price of feed grains and never expensive and not priced, but demand for the creation of large-scale hunger're going to make that more is expected. Grain and feed the object of speculative investment is to think not.

Thank You.

P.S
Perhaps, more demand on the explosive potential will lose many more are expected. However, the United States alone could do to survive? Forgot soaring oil prices?

OysterCracker
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United States
August 29, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

Palgye,
One thing Americans are good at is innovation. Maybe we could grow food vertically and that would leave enough horizontal land space for growing biofuel. The problem in America is that everything occurs at a snail's pace which stultifies innovation. In Hawaii, they are experimenting with biofuel made from algae which would even be more efficient than growing sugar beet or something else. In America we have all the intelligence and technology available to do almost anything but we have a very stupid political system that squashes innovation. It's an intelligence problem. Hillary is a big exception, though.
Your english has really improved. Please remember to write in short sentences so I can understand you better.

palgye
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South Korea
August 31, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

To, O.C. in the U.S.A.(Think in the shade of a tree, first.)

I completely agree with the opinion said.
- Today also saw a lot of political e-mail's subject felt that

And, we do so through the blog comments are the most likely cause gyohwanhalsu Democrats win this election because they have to think. And the cause of the victory of the people think because it was the consensus. Will have to change ...However, the November election, the citizens of any topic in one place, do you think will be an opportunity to bring? To continue the story we need a place to gather, the election would help secure the victory which is expected. I am in each region are experiencing financial problems as a matter of federal, local contact with the attitude to approach their problem as they make our problems, and political slogans will win more easily than expected.

The problem addressed by the federal government of the Commonwealth, but the problem areas that tend to pay less attention these days rarely, even in the community to rally gathered by each party to believe. They talk about the difficulties and questions, and discussing efforts to solve the small problems you can run Starting with the reality of the place in cyberspace and need a place to think. Of course, other places, but it may have been a bit fed up too politically difficult to access if you think this is strong. Teuleseoneun weakening of the overall self-confidence and vision for the direction of the difference in recovery time putting friction fashioned I think. The worry among the city time to think deeply about their worries, I think.

Right and wrong, the debate now, rather than the absolute need for citizens to approach the idea that it is appropriate to view the note.

Thank You.

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