A new report from the Argonne National Laboratory shows that over the past five years ethanol production in the United States has soared, while the already green fuel has gotten significantly friendlier to the environment. Between 2001 and 2006, American ethanol production increased 276%. At the same time, total energy use fell 21.8% and water usage fell 26.6%. Furthermore, ethanol producers are finding ways to be more ecologically sensitive with their production; 25% of ethanol producers are capturing their carbon dioxide for commercial uses like dry ice and beverage carbonation. The improving environmental record of biofuel producers stands in stark contrast to the record of petroleum industry.
A separate report from the Renewable Fuels Association quantified the total environmental impact of ethanol. It found that replacement of petroleum-based fuels with biofuels cut greenhouse gas emissions by 10 million tons in 2007 – a reduction approximately equivalent to taking the entire Milwaukee-Racine-Waukesha metro area off the road.Permalink + Share This