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Biofuels can reduce carbon emissions 43%

February 9, 2018

Jake Gibson
University of Oregon Student

Biofuels made here in the U.S. provide Americans with many benefits outside of the cost savings we enjoy at the pump. However, thanks to the spread of misinformation by petroleum companies, most of the general public is unaware of the positive impact biofuels have on rural economies, our health and the environment. The prospect of continued success for biofuels relies on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), a government mandate which sets yearly volume requirements for biofuel production.

Since the birth of the RFS, biofuels like ethanol made from corn have replaced carcinogenic additives in our fuel that have been linked to smog. Thus, ethanol has made burning fuel a cleaner, healthier process by improving the quality of air we breathe. Studies have also shown conventional ethanol blends can reduce carbon emissions by up to 43 percent. But what’s really encouraging is the potential in advanced and cellulosic biofuels. Experts indicate these more efficient biofuel products could double the carbon reductions we already see.

Something else to consider is the role ethanol plays in America’s rural communities. The RFS provides farmers some much needed stability through incentives. Production facilities also provide thousands of quality jobs in rural communities and pump billions into local economies. All the while helping the United States become more innovative and independent when it comes to our energy sources.

Unfortunately for us, opponents of the RFS are stubborn and continuously attempt to weaken or repeal the mandate. Support in congress is needed to maintain this legislation, please contact your


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Mr. casey February 9, 2018

You see we have this big debate over cap-and-trade, when we should be looking at alternatives like bio fuels, natural gas and fracking. We don’t have to use a bigger hammer to help the earth, we need more tools. Spread the word.

Tim Smith February 14, 2018

this is the same old mantra spouted off by the left-thinking that biofuels are the be-all end-all in fuels. The gross negative economics and greater total energy cost of biofuels far and away offsets any reduction they may make by their use. this doesn’t even take into consideration the damage methanol does to internal combustion engines and the metals in the exhaust systems! OSU has become a bastion for the left-leaning environmentalists who make their living off tax payer and tax-free grants to study anything that looks environmentally warm and fuzzy to the leftist whackos!!

Tim Smith February 14, 2018

I misread U of O as OSU. No wonder he is a greeney student. Didn’t even know Oregon had a biofuels program. They need to stick to humanities!! And I am a U of O grad too!!

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