By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – An agreement between the Brazilian government and the country’s automotive and sugar-ethanol industry will increase the blend of ethanol in gasoline from 25 percent to 27 percent starting February 15th. The final proposal, however, still needs to be authorized by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

The meeting held Monday (February 2nd) in Brasília, led by President Rousseff’s Chief of Staff, Aloisio Mercadante, was a positive sign for UNICA (Sugarcane Industry Union). According to news agency Agencia Estado, UNICA’s President, Elizabeth Farina said that the measures were . . .

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