In China, India, Brazil and Europe, economic and environmental security concerns are giving birth to new government targets and incentives, aimed at reducing petroleum imports and increasing the consumption and production of renewable fuels. Over the next ten years, however, investors in traditional ethanol facilities will face the inevitable prospects of increased ethanol imports, non-food crops for feedstocks, and the imminent maturation of cellulosic ethanol as a competitive ethanol fuel.

"If the promises of competitive, large-scale cellulosic ethanol production are realized, and if nationalist import/export policies for biofuels are further liberalized, then the possibilities for ethanol to replace 20% of gasoline consumption in the U.S., China and India may be realized by the year 2020." -- William Thurmond, author of Ethanol 2020: A Global Market Survey