Facts on ethanol
Ethanol is the highest octane fuel available today. It has been successfully blended into gasoline for decades and is now in over 95% of the gallons of gasoline sold today in the U.S. Ethanol has powered NASCAR® for over 4 million miles since 2011.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Good for the Environment
Ethanol is a clean burning fuel made from renewable materials such as corn starch and now even waste materials. Studies show that ethanol significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions compared to gasoline.
Source: Energy Information Administration (EIA), Annual Energy Outlook 2013
Improves our economy and energy security
The ethanol industry has created nearly 400,000 American jobs that can't be outsourced. It has improved farm incomes. As more and more ethanol has been blended, it has also helped to reduce our imports of foreign oil.
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THE RENEWABLE FUEL STANDARD
AND WHY THE OIL INDUSTRY OPPOSES IT
The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was established by Congress under the Environmental Protection Act of 2005. Under the RFS, the Environmental Protection Agency works with refiners, renewable fuel producers and many other parties to develop and implement regulations that ensure a minimum level of renewable fuels are used for transportation in the US.
Why does the oil industry oppose the RFS?
For every gallon of renewable fuels that is blended into gasoline, it’s one less gallon of gasoline the oil industry can sell. Oil companies have increased gas prices and are raking in record profits, and they want this to continue. It’s really quite simple. It’s all about money.
Source: Company profit reports, Center for Responsive Politics, Federal Election Commission
Source: DBL Investors, What Would Jefferson Do?
Source: Open Secrets.org
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WHAT THE OIL INDUSTRY WANTS YOU TO BELIEVE...
WE’RE GOING TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT.
Higher blends of ethanol could damage autos.
The truth is that ethanol is a high-octane, clean burning fuel. As a matter of fact,
Henry Ford built his first car to run on ethanol and called ethanol "the fuel of the future."
Today in the US,
over 95% of the gallons of gasoline sold contain 10% ethanol.
In 2011, the EPA after conducting the most exhaustive fuel test in history, approved a 15% blend of ethanol for all 2001 and newer automobiles. Additionally, NASCAR® has run on Sunoco Green E15, a fuel blended with 15% ethanol, for
over 4 million miles.
Blending more ethanol will cause gas prices to increase.
Actually, ethanol reduces the price of gasoline at the pump. A recent study by the University of Wisconsin and Iowa State University
showed that gasoline would have been an average of $1.09 higher in 2011 without ethanol.
As of August 2013 wholesale ethanol prices were
less expensive than gasoline.
The ethanol industry is heavily subsidized.
The ethanol industry does not receive federal subsidies.
The tax credit for blending ethanol expired at the end of 2011. The truth is that it’s the oil industry that benefits
from billions of dollars in subsidies. According to the International Energy Agency (EIA), its “latest estimates indicate that
fossil-fuel consumption subsidies worldwide amounted to $523 billion in 2011, up from $412 billion in 2010, with subsidies to
oil products representing over half of the total."
The US ethanol industry uses 40% of the US corn crop causing food prices to increase.
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If the oil industry was concerned about your food prices they would lower
the prices of fuel because a recent World Bank study
showed that high fuel
prices are the cause of higher food prices. In actuality, the ethanol
industry only uses the starch in the corn kernel to produce ethanol and the
valuable proteins and micronutrients are returned back into the food chain.
So the net effect is that the US ethanol industry uses
of the net US corn crop for ethanol production.