Pretty much anyone with an eco-agenda is making their voice heard at the COP 15 United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009 in Copenhagen. Delegates from 192 countries are attending and throwing their two cents into the communal pot, including Brazil, which is in Denmark to defend ethanol. In fact, representatives from Brazil say that biofuels are "the only real alternative to fossil fuels," especially for developing countries.
For Brazil, this has been put into action. For the past 30 years, Brazil has been shifting away from gasoline to an ethanol-based transportation system and is now the world's leading maker and exporter of the biofuel. Thus far, the Brazilian authorities say, Brazil has reduced emissions by 800 million tons of CO2 thanks to ethanol. Another benefit, the delegates claim, is that ethanol micro-distilleries can help reduce poverty. Not everyone agrees with this statement.
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