The tariff on imported ethanol is under pressure as the Brazilian cane ethanol sector positions itself as a potential stopgap if U.S. production falls short of federal mandates, according to this article. This comes after the Environmental Protection Agency listed cane ethanol as an "advanced biofuel," a classification that will compose nearly 60% of the 36 billion gallons federally mandated for renewable fuels by 2022. California's low-carbon fuels ruling, which views cane ethanol as cleaner than the corn-based variety, could also lower the trade barrier for Brazilian ethanol, the article adds.

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