An Alternative Fuel Source
Fueling up with corn and plants!
- 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.