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Over the weekend, President Bush met again with Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, this time at Camp David instead of in Brazil. The location was different, but the topic was the same: ethanol.

As we mentioned, on Bush's trip to Brazil last week, an agreement was reached between Brazil and the U.S. to share research and development opportunities. Announcing the deal, the two presidents spoke at a biofuels plant in Guaruhos. Brazilian President Lula said the partnership"is ambitious and aimed at all aspects related to the final incorporation of the energy plan of our two countries," (emphasis added) while U.S. president Bush kept the focus on research and development (and not, say, impo

Before President Bush took part in a panel discussion on cellulosic ethanol, he looked over an IRL car that will run on pure ethanol this season. IRL is the first race series to switch to 100 percent ethanol. Producing more alternative fuels to reduce dependency on foreign oil is a priority of Bush's current energy plan.

OK, so the alternative energy part of the President's State of the Union speech went pretty much as expected tonight. He did say "global climate change", which drew plenty of applause, as did his call to reduce gasoline usage by 20 percent in the next ten years. Better fuel economy for cars and using more ethanol are the ways to do this, Bush said.

The new Democratic Congress will be sworn in tomorrow, and the annual ritual of the Presidential State of the Union speech will follow in a few weeks' time. Last year, the Decider-in-Chief said America was "addicted to oil." What will his environmental and energy message be this year?

President Bush headed over to Maryland to speak to the Seafarers Union yesterday. He had a few things to say about energy, but nothing groundbreaking. You can read the part of his speech where he addresses energy independence after the jump, but I wanted to point out an interesting shift in the rhetoric away from hydrogen or ethanol to battery-powered vehicles. The President did say we need to "be aggressive in promoting new technologies, particularly on the energy front" but the only automotive

Last week the representatives from the Indy Racing League met with President Bush at the White House, where the president heard a bit about the league's use of ethanol to race around in circles. Wait, it's ovals, right? Anyway, the IRL is using an E10 blend of gasoline and ethanol this season and will start using E100 for all races in 2007.

President Bush is in Russia, trying his best to resolve all the conflicts that have overtaken the agenda of the G8 meeting there. This morning he took four minutes to publicly meet with Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and the two spoke briefly about biofuels and the WTO. Bush said he was "interested in continuing our dialogue about alternative energy" and Lula took off from there. "Another important thing is that we see that we will open up the possibility for us to build partnersh

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