I had an opportunity to go to Sao Jose dos Campos in Brazil to the Embraer facility recently and found that the Brazilians have come along way in becoming the leader in regional aircraft production with their 170/190 aircraft.
I also found that they were very successful in shedding foreign dependence on oil imports by the use of ethanol E85 manufactured from grain products to fuel their cars. They have been able to acheive fuel prices of less than $1/ gallon. Additionally cars are designed to handle both E85 and the traditional gas at the option of the customer. I find this quite interesting that we in the US could take this idea from Brazil and end our dependence on foreign oil. I would like to see our government give incentives to corporations to develop this technology (and will be more likely once we have a new president in 2009). What do you think? Is this an idea people would welcome? Does anyone know what the BTU value of this fuel would be and if it could substitute Jet A-1? What a great lesson from Brazil!