. April 30, 2007 SouthAmerica: Today I went to a very interesting conference in New York City: The Sustainable Development Forum 2007 A United Nations Association - Brazil and Forum das Americas Conference Hilton, New York - April 30, 2007 Even though this was an event organized by Brazilian companies â I was invited to that event by The Bahrain Petroleum Company. Former president of Brazil Jose Sarney opened the conference â the conference also included about 10 governors from the various states in Brazil, and Paulo Bernard Silva the current Brazilian Planning Minister. In our table we had our host Sheik Salman Bin Khalifa âChairman of Bahrain Petroleum, his cousin Sheik Al-Kalifa Chairman of Bahrain Airlines, the Ambassador of Bahrain, and a representative of the government of Saudi Arabia. Sheik Salmanâs father is the Prime Minister of Bahrain, and he is also a first cousin of the Emir of Bahrain. They are interested in turning the fruit dates into ethanol. They have a large supply of dates in that area of the world. Former president Bill Clinton gave a speech during the lunch hour and he mentioned a friend of his some kind of government Minister in Ethiopia who told president Clinton recently that he want Ethiopia to develop ethanol from sugar cane and that he was using Brazil as the model for his ethanol development. When Bill Clinton was mentioning his story as a model for other people also to replicate the Brazilian model I was thinking to myself how the Ethiopian government will manage to find enough supply of an important input required for sugar cane production â WATER. The final speaker of the day was former president George H. Bush â the father of the current president. George Bush Senior did imply on his speech that global warming still open for debate. He also mentioned his son the former governor of Florida Jeb Bush and his involvement in some kind of ethanol project. The conference started at 9 AM and ended at 7 PM and during that time they had more than 30 people giving speeches about ethanol, biofuels, and the environment. One of the speakers was Dr. Frank Sherwood Rowland - he received a Nobel Prize in 1995 for his best-known work regarding the discovery that CFC contribute to Ozone depletion. .