ETHANOL ACROSS AMERICA is a unique grassroots education campaign of the Clean Fuels Foundation. It is a partnership between industry and government leaders that are committed to advancing the production and use of renewable transportation fuels that can reduce oil imports, emissions and stimulate the economy. The goal is to sustain a comprehensive education and outreach program to help consumers learn more about how crude oil imports and use impact their lives and the benefits of developing and using alternative fuels.
Information and knowledge will increase consumer confidence necessary to sustain renewable fuel/biofuel/ethanol production and use, thereby paving the way for the growth in domestic fuels that will help our economy, protect our environment, create jobs, and reduce America’s dangerous dependence on foreign oil.
WHY ETHANOL? The Facts About OilThe Ethanol Across American education campaign receives support from its board of advisors, and other leaders that actively support the development of alternative fuel fuels. The Ethanol Across America education campaign also works cooperatively with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Energy, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Its bipartisan Congressional Board of Advisors is co-chaired by Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN, Ranking member of the Foreign Relations committee, and the Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry committee) and Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE, Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry, and Armed Services committees). The Co-Chairs of the Board of Advisors are joined by their colleagues Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD, Energy & Natural Resources committee), and Congressmen Lee Terry (R-NE, Energy & Commerce committee), Jay Inslee (D-WA, Energy & Commerce and Natural Resources committee), and William Delahunt (D-MA, Foreign Affairs committee).
WHAT WE DO
“We can get fuel from fruit, from the sumac by the roadside, or from apples, weeds, sawdust, almost anything. There is enough alcohol in one years’ yield of an acre of potatoes to cultivate that field for a hundred years. And it remains for someone to find how this fuel can be produced commercially-better fuel at a cheaper price than we now know.”
— Henry Ford, 1929
With encouragement from voters the federal government has played a key role in developing programs that have supported the goals of the majority of Americans. The space program, Manhattan Project, building interstate highway systems, education about smoking and drug use, medicine and disease research, and seatbelt and drunken driving education campaigns are all similar examples to the U.S. fuel ethanol program and what the Ethanol Across American education campaign is trying to accomplish. Laws have been passed to help develop and accelerate the development of alternative fuels like fuel ethanol. While many other alternative fuels and vehicles are in the development stage and will eventually help our country, ethanol is currently the only commercial scale alternative fuel that is within reach of the average American and is making a difference in supplies and gasoline prices today. The Clean Fuels Foundation and the Ethanol Across America education campaign do not lobby to change laws, it is a program to educate people about laws that have already been passed by Congress and signed by the president.
Eight years later, fuel ethanol is made from corn in the Midwest. Soon, forestry wastes in the northeast, switchgrass and rice straw in California, sugar cane in Louisiana, Hawaii, and Florida, and garbage from everyone will all help America wean its addiction from oil. These new and emerging cellulose production technologies, some under construction today, will build new potential for producing our own fuel – but we still need to use less.
New automotive technologies such as hybrids, electric plug ins, smaller more efficient cars are all helping America use less gasoline everyday – but we still need to try and find ways to replace it. Today, there are seven million Flexible Fuel Vehicles on the road that can use any combination of gasoline or alcohol, and another million are going to come out of showrooms this year. Learn more about how we support the development of these vehicles and the use of higher blends of ethanol at www.flexiblefuelvehicleclub.org
It is going to take everything we have to help reduce our oil imports and help our economy. The likely first step is to continue developing what is working with the least disruption to the refueling system, consumer willingness for change and the technology and feedstocks we have available today.
If we succeed today. Tomorrow will look even brighter.
Why do what we do? – noble americas south bend ethanol
Why renewable transportation fuels like ethanol? Because it works. Ethanol provides energy, environmental and economic security for all Americans
Did you know that every time our country processes a bushel of corn into ethanol, ethanol plants produce food and fuel for America? In many states where ethanol plants are located, they already produce enough motor fuel to help meet the majority of their own fuel needs. The #2 yellow feed corn remains in the food chain as animal feed, since only the starch content has been converted. Why corn now? Year after year corn is a renewable resource, as are a host of agricultural products and wastes. And the more ethanol we produce, the more we can begin to reverse the tide of imported oil that is approaching 70% and threatens the very security of this nation. Despite the propaganda you may have read or heard, ethanol has a positive energy balance and also produces a strategically important commodity from our natural recourses like agricultural products and natural gas.
In the small towns and rural communities where ethanol plants are being built, we have seen the benefits first hand — new jobs at good wages. Business and personal taxes flow back to the very communities where you may live, helping to provide good schools, better services, and keeping our young people from having to leave their home towns.
In addition to energy security and economic development benefits, ethanol is a clean burning fuel that can have a significant impact on air quality. Ethanol has in large part helped eliminate carbon monoxide emissions throughout urban areas in the United States. America’s car companies are producing millions of vehicles capable of operating on 85% volume ethanol blends that can dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The use of cellulosic biomass as a feedstock for ethanol production creates even more CO2 reductions, and research programs at the U.S. Departments of Energy and Agriculture could bring the costs of converting those materials into ethanol to competitive levels in the near future.
Why? Ask yourself why not?