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Why Ethanol Is Worse Than Oil as a Fuel Source

Corn Ethanol

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  • The U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard, which requires oil companies to increase ethanol in gasoline, was based on the assumption that biofuels are carbon neutral
  • New research shows biofuels such as corn ethanol are not carbon neutral; they’re associated with a net increase in carbon dioxide emissions — even worse than gasoline
  • Corn and soy crops planted to produce biofuels only offset 37 percent of carbon dioxide emissions produced by burning biofuels

By Dr. Mercola

The use of biofuels like ethanol in the U.S. has expanded over the last decade under the assumption that they're better for the environment than gasoline. A new study by professor John DeCicco, Ph.D., at the University of Michigan, and colleagues is the latest to suggest that such assumptions are categorically false.


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