Summary: The Benefits Of Ethanol

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If you live in Iowa there is a large chance that you have heard of the fuel source, Ethanol. Whether you support the idea or not, it’s at nearly every gas station across the state. Ethanol burns cleaner emissions, lowers gas prices, and is a renewable source of energy. But some think it’s not worth creating Ethanol because it raises food prices, it requires too much energy to create than what is being yielded, and there are better ways to save oil. The truth is, these are partially true, but they still aren’t enough to stop Ethanol production. America should continue to produce Ethanol because until we find a greater alternative to oil, corn can still save people money.
Ethanol is the byproduct of starchy plants, such as corn or sugarcane. In order to create Ethanol, corn must be ground up into a powder or flour form, then added to water to create what is called a mash. This mash is then heated up with enzymes and yeast to create a low percentage or proof of ethanol, once the CO₂ is removed, the ethanol is then vaporized
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What many don’t actually know is that ethanol doesn’t have to be made from corn, but with cellulose, found in wood chips and more. Corn is just the most common way because nothing goes to waste. The myth that the net amount of energy required to make ethanol is more than ethanol can create was proven false in the 90’s proving that ethanol is a viable energy source. For all the tree huggers, ethanol burns cleaner than gasoline, emitting less carbon into the environment, causing less damage to the world. Ethanol boosts the economy in America, giving jobs to plant workers and keeping the money in the U.S.. With ethanol comes less reliability on foreign oil, not giving other countries leverage. In the end ethanol, is a phenomenal alternative for gas, but it won’t work forever, it just gives another source of fuel while better options are being

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