Ethanol Fuel Revitalizes Farming Industry
When the Renewable Fuel Standard was passed in on August 8th, 2005, it was a landmark piece of bipartisan legislation and the first of its kind.
A decade later, the RFS has made fuel cheaper and cleaner and helped the farming community find its niche in an age where farming is less-than-profitable.
Farmers across the nation rejoiced on August 8th, 2015 when the RFS finally turned ten years old. At the Rally for Rural America in Kansas City, several workers in the agricultural industry weighed in on the positive impact which the policy has had on both the consumer and producer side of ethanol fuel. The excess supply of farmers' corn product can be utilized to create ethanol, a fuel for cars and small engine devices, as a complement to traditional petroleum. This ethanol is then blended into gasoline fuel at a low cost to consumers. Farmer Kelly Nieuwenhuis had this to say about the changes RFS has brought to the farming community:
"To be honest with you, farming was really hard and not real profitable until we got ethanol rolling... so it's basically a win-win deal. We're not taking food off the table if we're making ethanol out if it, and it's doing well for rural America."
Below is a video created by Fuels America, which covers the Kansas City celebration of the RFS' ten year anniversary:
The push for ethanol fuel has generated nearly a million jobs in the American economy which can't be outsourced and has pumped about $185 million into the nation's GDP. Because ethanol can be produced domestically from cradle to grave, its increased production and use at gas stations and in power equipment reduces America's dependence on foreign oil.</p><p>Perhaps ethanol's primary advantage over petroleum and other sources of fuel is that it's a sustainable and renewable alternative to drawing from oil reserves, which are projected to be depleted within the next 40 years. There has, however, been some concern regarding the viability of ethanol fuel when blended in larger proportions with petroleum in gasoline. Ethanol, when used in higher blends, can cause wear and damage on power equipment and small engines. The EPA has not been stringent on branding pumps with warning levels to inform consumers of the percentage of ethanol in gasoline blends, but companies are currently developing a form of ethanol fuel that don't carry the adverse effects which damage small engines in order to make high blend ethanol fuel a potential replacement for traditional oil. Though there has been some congressional debate over the labeling of ethanol blends, ethanol continues to grow as a clean and cheap alternative fuel and has given much-needed livelihood to the agricultural community. </p></body></html>