An Alternative Fuel Source

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  • Ethanol is a renewable fuel made from corn and other plant materials.
  • Ethanol does not increase the atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, and it helps reduce greenhouse gases.
  • It is relatively non-toxic, poses little threat to groundwater sources, and it is completely biodegradable.
  • Using ethanol reduces the dependence on foreign countries for gasoline.
  • All vehicles that use gasoline are able to convert to ethanol as a fuel source.
  • Ethanol has a positive net energy balance.


  • The cost of producing ethanol is significantly higher than the cost of producing fuels from petroleum.
  • If ethanol absorbs more water, then it is contaminated as a fuel. That means ethanol has a shorter shelf and tank life than gasoline. That also means that ethanol is hard to ship through pipelines.
  • It requires a significant amount of land to produce ethanol.