Benefits of Ethanol
Ethanol is good for America!
With benefits for America’s agriculture, economy, environment, and energy independence, ethanol is redefining our nation’s energy profile. Ethanol is a clean burning, high octane fuel produced domestically primarily from corn. Blending ethanol with gasoline decreases the fuel’s cost, increases its octane rating and decreases harmful emissions. Ethanol is a real win-win for America – reducing Americans’ costs, reducing emissions and reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil.
Ethanol is inherently cleaner than gasoline. It emits less hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and hydrogen. Ethanol Blends have been proven to dramatically reduce tailpipe carbon monoxide emissions. Additionally, Ethanol blended fuels reduce tailpipe emissions of volatile organic compounds which readily form ozone in our atmosphere.
Sixty five percent of our fuel is imported into the United States. In an unstable world, maintaining an uninterrupted flow of oil from the Middle East is a growing concern. Reducing our dependence on foreign oil is a national security issue. American made ethanol provides additional and renewable fuel supplies to help the cause. Due to ethanol’s high octane content, for every barrel of ethanol produced, 1.2 barrels of petroleum are displaced at the refinery.
Producing ethanol in the United States creates jobs, stimulates the economy and lowers taxes by processing renewable resources into clean burning fuel. The agricultural community directly benefits from higher revenues received for their crops. But its effects extend far beyond rural America and agriculture influencing the technology, manufacturing, transportation, and construction sectors of our economy.