by The Daily Republic
March 21, 2013 at 5:56 pm in The Daily Republic
Production of corn-based ethanol is currently using 40 percent of the U.S. corn crop.
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First off, ethanol receives ZERO direct subsidies. Please share this fact with your friends and neighbors who continue to believe otherwise.
Secondly, according to USDA’s most recent January 2013 figures, ethanol will only consume 30% of the U.S. corn crop. The big thing people need to keep in mind is that 1/3 of of the corn used in ethanol comes back to the feed supply as distillers grain, a high-protein livestock feed that is widely used around the globe and preferred by livestock feeders because it is more efficient than that of regular number 2 corn.
Most ethanol plants are now also extracting corn oil in the ethanol process which can be used in the production of biodiesel.
When talking about the Renewable Fuel Standard, its progress speaks for itself. Since its implementation, the United States has reduced its dependence on foreign oil by around 19%!
Price wise, a study out of Iowa State from earlier this year revealed that U.S. ethanol saved the average midwestern driver $1.69 per gallon at the pump. The study also showed that ethanol saved the average American family $1,200 per year.
When speaking about pollution, there is clear data from the EPA that corn ethanol when compared to regular gasoline reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 52%, among many other carcinogenic emissions we face as a result of burning oil.
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