Tuesday Truth #38: Ethanol Plays Important Role in Improving the Environment

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In light of tomorrow’s 39th annual Earth Day celebration, it is important to know the role that ethanol plays in improving the environment. Here are some facts:

  • Using E85, a blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline, instead of gasoline can reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 20% to 30%. CO2 is a primary contributor to global climate change.[Source: American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest, Clean Air Choice, http://www.cleanairchoice.org/fuels/e85_faq.cfm/, accessed 4/21/09]
  • Ethanol-blended fuels reduce tailpipe emissions of volatile organic compounds by at least 12% and reduce tailpipe carbon monoxide emissions by as much as 30%. [Source: Renewable Fuels Association, Ethanol Facts, http://www.ethanolrfa.org/resource/facts/environment/, accessed 4/21/09]
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