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The US ambassador to Brazil reportedly asked Brazilian officials to help Trump’s reelection

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The US ambassador to Brazil reportedly asked Brazilian officials to help Trump’s reelection

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6.3k points · 4 days ago
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I’m Brazilian and don’t understand it. We were asked to lower our tariffs on ethanol so we could buy more of it from Iowa, but Iowa’s ethanol is corn-based while ours is from sugarcane, which is much superior (cheaper to produce, 7 times more energy efficient and requires half the land for the same amount of fuel). Why would we buy it from the United States, that has a much less efficient (and consequently pricier per litre) source? We are by far the world’s biggest producers of sugarcane, I’m honestly surprised we even need to import ethanol. Colombia and Mexico also produce a lot of it and are much closer.

Worst is I have zero doubt our president will agree. He is a Trump boot licker. Fuck them both.

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2.1k points · 4 days ago

外围体育投注Why would we buy it from the United States, that has a much less efficient (and consequently pricier per litre) source?

外围体育投注As a "favor". Because our government loves doing "favors" for the US, like when we lowered taxes on US wheat to help destroy wheat production in RS.

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225 points · 4 days ago

I think you’ll be surprised to know that, indeed, Brazil is importing ethanol from the US:

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230 points · 4 days ago

外围体育投注I have no idea how Brazil got involved, but the basic problem is that the US produces more corn than anyone could every need, and corn producers have a ridiculous amount of political influence, which they use to create new markets for their product. It's incredibly shady, but it has been done openly for decades, because bribery is legal in the US.

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6 points · 4 days ago

Even Japan's PM Shinzo Abe is doing the same thing. Buying a heck of a lot of corn from the US that they don't need, just to appease Trump.

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5 points · 3 days ago

Off topic but freshly squeezed sugar cane juice was like the best drink I've ever had.


外围体育投注I had it in Brasil!

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10 points · 4 days ago

Corn has a weird political power in the US. The state of Iowa is a backward, unremarkable place, aside from the fact that they have a lot of corn, and always host the first Presidential primary election. This means that presidential candidates always pander to Iowa above all other states in hopes of securing an early lead in the primary voting. So both political parties support massive corn subsidies.

We don't even have a use for all this corn. So we also subsidize ethanol production so we can add it to our gasoline. Ethanol does nothing to improve the gasoline, other than to make it cheaper at the pump. Which is insane, because corn ethanol actually consumes more fossil fuel energy to produce than the energy content of the ethanol produced. But we taxpayers subsidize it so much that it costs very little for fuel producers to add it to gasoline and then sell it back to us.

外围体育投注Of course, with COVID, people aren't driving as much, so we need someone else to buy it so craven politicians can keep giving taxpayer dollars to Iowa to produce more of it.

So anyway, don't complain -- just enjoy the cheap ethanol that the American taxpayers already paid for.

level 2
7 points · 4 days ago

外围体育投注Because corn production in the US is subsidized.

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3 points · 4 days ago

外围体育投注Everyone was talking about Mike Pompeo’s trip to Iowa being about a potential presidential run but I think I was also about this.

level 2
3 points · 4 days ago

Why?

外围体育投注Look at Bolsonaro's bank account, that is why.

level 2
3 points · 4 days ago

The US subsidizes US farmers to make US ethanol competitive. On equal ground Brazil would never buy US ethanol but because of the subsidizes, it will because the price is competitive.

level 2
3 points · 4 days ago

I agree I live in the U.S. both leaders suck from this person’s perspective as well

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609 points · 4 days ago

So EVERYBODY gets to participate in our elections? That's just a hyperdemocracy!

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86 points · 4 days ago

外围体育投注Hyperdemocracy What a word roflmao

level 2
9 points · 4 days ago

外围体育投注The US is officially the world government??

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