University of Nebraska Study Reveals Hidden Costs of Oil

WASHINGTON, DC –Military activity to protect and acquire foreign oil results in higher greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with gasoline than previously thought, according to a new study by at the University of Nebraska. Richard Perrin and Adam Liska found that military acquisition of oil and spending on direct military activity result in the release of approximately 289,000 tons of carbon dioxide per billion dollars spent.

“This study underscores what America’s ethanol supporters have known all along – our continued dependence on foreign oil has a devastating impact on our environment and our economy,” said Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy. “Now more than ever, it is critical that the U.S. enact meaningful energy policy that enhances our energy independence through the increased availability and use of homegrown, renewable ethanol.”

Perrin and Liska further assert that military emissions related to oil must be included in comparisons of gasoline and ethanol in an effort to reduce GHG emissions.
The findings are published in the July-August issue of Environment Magazine and can be read here.


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