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Author Eaglin, Jennifer, author.

Title Sweet fuel : a political and environmental history of Brazilian ethanol / Jennifer Eaglin
Published New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2022]
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Contents Early sugar and ethanol policy, 1933-1959 -- Sugar, ethanol, and development, 1959-1975 -- Proálcool, 1975-1985 -- Lakes of sacrifice: ethanol and water pollution -- Proálcool, caneworkers, and the guariba strikes of 1984 -- Proálcool reimagined, 1985-2003
Summary "Sweet Fuel: A Political and the Environmental History of Brazilian Ethanol traces the ethanol industry from its inception under a state institution in 1933 through the height of government intervention under the national program during the dictatorship to its rebirth with the launch of the flexible fuel car in 2003. It argues that private businessmen, politicians, and rural workers leveraged nationalist interests in a domestic fuel option into one of the most advanced alternative energy initiatives in the world. The industry's connection to the popular ethanol-fueled car connected the sugar-ethanol sector to Brazilian development goals of the twentieth century, but producers and government officials ignored the disproportionate environmental and costs associated with ethanol's expansion. Focused on Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, the largest ethanol-producing region in the country, the book examines how producers' continued dumping of vinasse, a byproduct of ethanol distillation, in local waterways connected the industry to extensive water pollution while exploitative labor laws drove the program's rapid expansion over the course of the twentieth century. Rural communities' efforts to hold producers accountable for these costs contrasts with national and international praise for the industry's potential climate benefits. Sweet Fuel provides a full analysis of ethanol's long-term development to reveal the historical complexities of one of today's premiere "green energy" industries"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based upon online resource; title from PDF title page (viewed March 13, 2022)
Subject Biomass energy -- Brazil
Ethanol as fuel -- Brazil
Biomass energy.
Ethanol as fuel.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2021060582
ISBN 0197510698