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The Mess in the Gulf

What about the Environment?

"We have to get off of all fossil fuels, because the Earth’s temperature is going beyond the tipping point” – Dan Kozan, Owner, Solarus Energy Group, West Palm Beach, FL

Drilling for oil is a dirty business. Drilling in the Gulf of Mexico puts America’s rich natural resources, and the over  $2 trillion they contribute to the nation’s economy, at great risk. Spills happen and it’s not just the recent Deepwater Horizon incident. There have been numerous spills resulting from hurricanes and human error. We just weren’t paying attention. Even when there are no accidents, the byproducts of drilling are dumped over the side of drilling rigs along with other materials. And then there is that elephant in the room—greenhouse gas production. We risk the environment as we develop fossil fuels then we risk the environment as we use them. Greenhouse gases are known to reduce air quality and the life-giving ozone that protects our planet.

We need American Biofuels now. 

American Biofuels burn cleaner than gasoline resulting in fewer greenhouse emissions, and they degrade in the environment—they don’t degrade the environment.  Cellulosic ethanol has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by a whopping 86 percent according to a 2005 study by the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory.

American Biofuels are sustainable.

We can produce biofuels from grain, cellulose and even from sorted municipal garbage! Ethanol is much friendlier to the environment than fossil fuels for a number of good, scientific reasons. Current ethanol production uses field corn, indigestible to humans in its raw form.  The production process produces fuel and protein rich livestock feed products (DGS). Future ethanol production will be produced increasingly from crop residues, forestry residues and energy crops such as switchgrass. 

switchgrassSwitchgrass is a native perennial grass that requires 25 percent of the water and fertilization of row crops, and offers a net energy gain of 343 percent.  Cellulosic ethanol can offer up to ten times the energy used for its production.  Recent advancements in farming methods and energy conversion technology dramatically lessen the demand for water in ethanol production—a technical advance that makes American Biofuels even more desirable.

Ethanol used as fuel recycles carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The plants used to make ethanol absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.  Most of this gas is stored in the ground by the plants. This is called sequesteration. Once the ethanol is burned, less carbon dioxide is released into the air than was absorbed by the feedstock, reducing greenhouse gases.  Additionally, Ethanol fuel reduces the emissions of carbon monoxide and other cancer causing chemicals and air pollutants.

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