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By Robert Rapier on Oct 27, 2009 with no responses

Catching Up

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Folks, I know it has been almost a week since I posted anything new, and it will still be a couple more days. I have had a productive trip to Central America, and am at Stanford this morning to give a talk on sustainability. It will be the first time I have presented my new company’s plans in public (although that is a minor component of the presentation). I fly back to Hawaii on Wednesday, and then should start catching up on a backlog of correspondence.

The title of my presentation today is “Toward a Sustainable Bioenergy Platform.” I am well aware that the word sustainable has lost almost all of its meaning. It is like “being green.” I remember seeing an interview with a Hummer owner a couple of years ago who said he was “becoming green” by putting E85 in his Hummer. I see the same sort of logic being applied toward the concept of sustainability.

Anyway, below is the outline of the talk that I will deliver in two hours at the First Nations’ Futures Program at Stanford. I will host these slides somewhere following the presentation.

Sustainability Basics
A Higher Standard
- Case Study: Sugarcane Ethanol
Caveats
Contenders
Has Brazil Paved the Path?
- Brazil versus U.S. consumption statistics
Building a Sustainable Platform
- Merica Overview
- Strategy
Political Risk Factors
Solutions