Thursday, December 27, 2007From a press release issued by Brett Hulsey of Better Environmental Solutions:
Madison, Wisconsin — 2007 was a banner year for biofuels as state and national leaders passed initiatives to expand and invest in biofuels to reduce energy costs, dependence and air pollution. A new Better Environmental Solutions study, Ethanol: A Convenient Solution to an Inconvenient Truth, showed that ethanol is one of the best ways to cut greenhouse gases, save drivers money, reduce oil imports and air pollution.
“This Better Enviro study shows that ethanol is a convenient solution to the ‘Inconvenient Truth’ of global warming. Governor Doyle, Wisconsin and federal legislators should be commended for expanding biofuel usage and investment,” said Brett Hulsey MNS, president of Better Environmental Solutions and study author. “Ethanol is a homegrown fuel, costs less than gasoline, and moderate ethanol blends can be delivered with existing pumps and vehicles with no modification.”
The Convenient Solutions study shows that the 7 billion gallons of ethanol that U.S. drivers used in 2007 year will reduce CO2 emissions by 14 million tons, which is equivalent to taking 2.75 million cars off the road or not burning 1.45 billion gallons of gasoline.
“Ethanol lowers CO2 emissions by 20% compared to gasoline, making it one of our most effective greenhouse gas reduction programs currently in place,” said Hulsey. “The Convenient Solutions study gives us hope in this holiday season that we can tackle climate change in a cost-effective way.”
The Convenient Solutions report also found moderate ethanol blends:· Can increase mileage to help immediately address soaring gasoline prices and our record 66% oil imports in 2006.A 2007 USEPA study shows that more ethanol use is one of the quickest and most effective ways to reduce CO2 emissions from transportation, the U.S.’s single largest and fastest growing emissions sector.
· Increase auto efficiency by 1-15%, saving drivers at least $4.35 billion annually and help increase our energy security.
· Help reduce smog and soot pollution that plagues many areas of the state and country.