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40 Facts About Ethanol

Sometimes you stumble upon a fact that really makes you think and provides a very good, new argument to a debate. That appears to be the case today regarding the food vs. fuel debate. This morning’s CommStock report referenced a report from a Dr. Neil Harl, distinguished professor in agriculture at Iowa State, that pointed out that the debate over food versus fuel goes back far beyond ethanol. He noted that in 1920, 17% of U.S. farm acres were planted to oats that was the fuel for horses. They also consumed a lot of hay. Not until the transition to tractors did those acres produce food or feed for livestock. Even with ethanol, a much smaller acreage is being devoted to produce fuel than back then. Harl points out while ethanol costs more to produce than petroleum, it has fewer cost extremities such as the $84 bln spent by the U.S. military annually to protect oil infrastructure around the world that is not charged to the oil companies and should be.

Source:  Renewable Fuels Association

Engine Performance
Ethanol is a high-octane fuel that provides superior engine performance. Ethanol works in your car, motorcycle, boat, snowmobile or small engine.

Renewable ethanol helps to reduce harmful tailpipe emissions and greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. You can help to improve air quality and protect water supplies by using ethanol.

Energy Security
Today the U.S. imports more than half its oil, leaving American consumers at the mercy of OPEC and other oil exporting nations. Using ethanol reduces our dependence on foreign oil and enhances our energy security.


Ethanol provides a tremendous economic boost to the U.S. economy. The production and use of ethanol creates American jobs, reduces the U.S. trade deficit, and increases state and federal tax coffers.

Ethanol is a prime source of value-added income for American farmers. Ethanol benefits family farmers and rural America.

Ethanol use is cost-effective for consumers. The use of ethanol reduces gasoline prices by expanding fuel supplies and reducing fuel imports.

A record number of countries are turning to ethanol to reduce oil imports, create job in rural communities, and improve the environment. Visit the RFA website to learn more about world ethanol production and use.


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