How is Ethanol Better for the Air?
Ethanol replaces toxic chemicals in gasoline that have been know to cause cancer and smog. The production and use of corn ethanol decreases greenhouse gas emissions by an amount equivalent to removing 20 million cars from the road each year!
Does Ethanol Increase the Cost of my Food?
Ethanol helps decrease fuel and transportation costs, which can be the most expensive part of food production. According to the World Bank, there is a strong correlation between oil and food prices.
Ethanol is made from field corn, not sweet corn. Sweet corn is the type of corn we are eating when we enjoy corn on the cob or grab a can of corn from the grocery store.
When a bushel of corn is used for ethanol production, the biorefineries only use the starch in the corn. The protein, fat and fiber in the corn is then used for a livestock feed that's called dried distillers grains. So each bushel of corn used for ethanol can actually be used twice!
How is Ethanol Made?
To make ethanol using a dry milling process, field corn is ground into a coarse flour-like substance. It's then mixed with water to form a mash. By adding enzymes, yeast and heat, the starchy mash converts to sugar, and then the sugar converts to alcohol. The liquid is then separated from the remaining solids. The liquid, at this point, is now called ethanol and is distilled and denaturanted to make it undrinkable. The solids become a high-protein livestock feed.
Is Ethanol Subsidized?
The corn ethanol industry does not receive federal subsidies for tax incentives.
Fuel prices are largely controlled by the countries who own the oil fields. To break into the oil monopoly, the Renewable Fuel Standard was created to increase the opportunity for renewable, American-made fuel options. While lowering our dependence on foreign oil, the Renewable Fuel Standard helps lessen gas price spikes and gives us more choices at the pump, which ultimately saves you money at the pump.
When Can I Use E15?
E15 is approved for use by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for all passenger cars, light duty trucks, and medium-duty passenger vehicles 2001 and newer.
People have already driven over 4 billion miles using E15 without a negative effect or voided warranty. Most automakers now explicitly warrant E15 for all new models.
Where Can I Buy Ethanol?
Most of the gasoline in the United States already contains 10 percent ethanol!
Use this map to find ethanol fueling stations near you.
Where is Ethanol Made?
Ethanol is made in 28 states - from California to New York.
Is Ethanol Safe for my Boat?
Regardless of the make and model, most of the recreational boats in the United States are approved to run on E10. The National Boat Racing Association (NBRA) and Crappie Masters use E10 for all of their races and fishing competitions.
Ethanol is anhydrous, meaning it doesn't contain water. If water enters the boat's tank, phase separation can occur in both pure gasoline and ethanol blends.
What does the Higher Octane do for my Car?
Higher octane levels in your fuel means more power and efficiency. Ethanol has a naturally high octane rating of 114, while pure gasoline only has an octane rating of 87.
As societal standards continue to demand more efficient cars with less greenhouse gas emissions, octane from ethanol is an environmentally-friendly and cost-saving source of power.
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