WASHINGTON – Today, Growth Energy’s CEO, Tom Buis, released the following statement regarding the environmental benefits of ethanol recently released by Iowa State University’s Don Hofstrand:
“The study released by Iowa State University sustains the point we at Growth Energy make – that ethanol is the only low-carbon alternative to gasoline we have today for fueling our cars and trucks. Ethanol reduces greenhouse emissions and at the same time helps create jobs and makes this country more energy independent. And as policymakers work on climate change legislation, Growth Energy will continue to make the case that low-carbon ethanol represents our best alternative to foreign oil.”
In his report, author Don Hofstrand found that ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 54 percent compared to conventional gasoline and continued innovation in the ethanol industry will only make ethanol cleaner and greener, further reducing emissions. Breakthrough technologies in both farming and ethanol production promise higher corn yields with less use of fertilizer, and more energy efficient biorefineries with lower emissions.
About Growth Energy
Growth Energy is a group committed to the promise of agriculture and growing America’s economy through cleaner, greener energy. Growth Energy members recognize America needs a new ethanol approach. Through smart policy reform and a proactive grassroots campaign, Growth Energy promotes reducing greenhouse gas emissions, expanding the use of ethanol in gasoline, decreasing our dependence on foreign oil, and creating American jobs at home. More information can be found at GrowthEnergy.org.