Tuesday Truth #17: Ethanol Production Will Soon Outpace Oil Imports from Iraq

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Producing renewable sources of energy, like ethanol, here in the United States can help end our dependency on foreign oil. Here are some facts from the US Department of Energy:


  • During the first six months of 2008, US ethanol production nearly equaled oil imports from Iraq. The US produced 101 million barrels of ethanol and imported 123 million barrels of Iraqi oil.

  • Congress has directed the country to produce 36 billion gallons of renewable fuels, like ethanol, by 2022. That is more than the amount currently imported each year from Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Kuwait combined.


  • The US is already on track to meet the current mandate of 9 billion gallons of renewable energy production this year. Continuing that trend can help reduce the amount of foreign oil needing to be imported to the US from volatile regions around the world, such as the Middle East.
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