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ETHANOL ACROSS AMERICA is a unique grassroots education campaign of the Clean Fuels Foundation. It is a partnership between industry and government leaders that are committed to advancing the production and use of renewable transportation fuels that can reduce oil imports, emissions and stimulate the economy.  The goal is to sustain a comprehensive education and outreach program to help consumers learn more about how crude oil imports and use impact their lives and the benefits of developing and using alternative fuels.

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Information and knowledge will increase consumer confidence necessary to sustain renewable fuel/biofuel/ethanol production and use, thereby paving the way for the growth in domestic fuels that will help our economy, protect our environment, create jobs, and reduce America’s dangerous dependence on foreign oil.

WHY ETHANOL? The Facts About OilThe Ethanol Across American education campaign receives support from its board of advisors, and other leaders that actively support the development of alternative fuel fuels. The Ethanol Across America education campaign also works cooperatively with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Energy, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Its bipartisan Congressional Board of Advisors is co-chaired by Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN, Ranking member of the Foreign Relations committee, and the Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry committee) and Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE, Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry, and Armed Services committees).  The Co-Chairs of the Board of Advisors are joined by their colleagues Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD, Energy & Natural Resources committee), and Congressmen Lee Terry (R-NE, Energy & Commerce committee), Jay Inslee (D-WA, Energy & Commerce and Natural Resources committee), and William Delahunt (D-MA, Foreign Affairs committee).



"We can get fuel from fruit, from the sumac by the roadside, or from apples, weeds, sawdust, almost anything. There is enough alcohol in one years' yield of an acre of potatoes to cultivate that field for a hundred years. And it remains for someone to find how this fuel can be produced commercially-better fuel at a cheaper price than we now know."

— Henry Ford, 1929

With encouragement from voters the federal government has played a key role in developing programs that have supported the goals of the majority of Americans. The space program, Manhattan Project, building interstate highway systems, education about smoking and drug use, medicine and disease research, and seatbelt and drunken driving education campaigns are all similar examples to the U.S. fuel ethanol program and what the Ethanol Across American education campaign is trying to accomplish. Laws have been passed to help develop and accelerate the development of alternative fuels like fuel ethanol. While many other alternative fuels and vehicles are in the development stage and will eventually help our country, ethanol is currently the only commercial scale alternative fuel that is within reach of the average American and is making a difference in supplies and gasoline prices today. The Clean Fuels Foundation and the Ethanol Across America education campaign do not lobby to change laws, it is a program to educate people about laws that have already been passed by Congress and signed by the president.

Eight years later, fuel ethanol is made from corn in the Midwest. Soon, forestry wastes in the northeast, switchgrass and rice straw in California, sugar cane in Louisiana, Hawaii, and Florida, and garbage from everyone will all help America wean its addiction from oil. These new and emerging cellulose production technologies, some under construction today, will build new potential for producing our own fuel – but we still need to use less.

New automotive technologies such as hybrids, electric plug ins, smaller more efficient cars are all helping America use less gasoline everyday – but we still need to try and find ways to replace it. Today, there are seven million Flexible Fuel Vehicles on the road that can use any combination of gasoline or alcohol, and another million are going to come out of showrooms this year.  Learn more about how we support the development of these vehicles and the use of higher blends of ethanol at

It is going to take everything we have to help reduce our oil imports and help our economy.  The likely first step is to continue developing what is working with the least disruption to the refueling system, consumer willingness for change and the technology and feedstocks we have available today.

If we succeed today.  Tomorrow will look even brighter.



Business and personal tax flow back to the very communities where we live, helping to provide good schools, better services, and keeping our young people from having to leave their home towns.

Why renewable transportation fuels like ethanol? Because it works.  Ethanol provides energy, environmental and economic security for all Americans

Energy Security

Did you know that every time our country processes a bushel of corn into ethanol, ethanol plants produce food and fuel for America? In many states where ethanol plants are located, they already produce enough motor fuel to help meet the majority of their own fuel needs. The #2 yellow feed corn remains in the food chain as animal feed, since only the starch content has been converted. Why corn now? Year after year corn is a renewable resource, as are a host of agricultural products and wastes. And the more ethanol we produce, the more we can begin to reverse the tide of imported oil that is approaching 70% and threatens the very security of this nation. Despite the propaganda you may have read or heard, ethanol has a positive energy balance and also produces a strategically important commodity from our natural recourses like agricultural products and natural gas.

Economic Security

In the small towns and rural communities where ethanol plants are being built, we have seen the benefits first handnew jobs at good wages. Business and personal taxes flow back to the very communities where you may live, helping to provide good schools, better services, and keeping our young people from having to leave their home towns.

Environmental Security

In addition to energy security and economic development benefits, ethanol is a clean burning fuel that can have a significant impact on air quality. Ethanol has in large part helped eliminate carbon monoxide emissions throughout urban areas in the United States. America's car companies are producing millions of vehicles capable of operating on 85% volume ethanol blends that can dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The use of cellulosic biomass as a feedstock for ethanol production creates even more CO2 reductions, and research programs at the U.S. Departments of Energy and Agriculture could bring the costs of converting those materials into ethanol to competitive levels in the near future.

Why? Ask yourself why not?



Half of that energy used is just for transportation and 98% of that energy is from oil.

Now. The United States uses more energy than any nation on earth. Half of that energy used is just for transportation and 98% of that energy is from oil. Most of our oil is imported, putting Americans at risk of supply disruptions and spiraling prices while costing the economy billions of dollars.

US dependence on imported oil is at an all time high and government forecasts expect it to soon reach 70%. As we become more and more dependent on volatile foreign countries for our energy we get nothing in return, creating a mounting trade deficit built on the hard earned dollars of US workers. Many Americans no longer believe this trend is irreversible and importing oil from places like the Middle East is just the way it used to be.  We can slow that flow of foreign oil with a truly American solution: clean, renewable fuels like ethanol from our abundant agricultural resources like corn, agricultural wastes, trash, new energy crops and waste from forests.  We can, and we are doing something right now!

What are you doing to help?



"And its not just farmers — urban waste, forestry wastes and products, specialty energy crops and many other materials can be converted to ethanol and also to a wide range of biobased products everywhere, all across America."

All across America there are individuals, civic and industry leaders, environmental groups and automobile manufacturers that are reaching a tipping point, a true consensus of common ground by trying to advance the use of clean, domestic and renewable fuels to protect our environment and economy. Ethanol blended gasoline is currently sold in nearly every state and is used as an alternative fuel in numerous state and federal government fleets. But after all that work and success it only represents about 2% of motor fuels used.

The potential for new jobs and to alleviate our pollution and trade problems are tremendous and can impact Americans everywhere – and everyday.

Despite the dramatic growth of the ethanol industry over the past two decades, we are just scratching the surface of our potential in this area.  The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 included provisions to triple the nation’s ethanol production and accelerate the demand for new advanced biofuels and technologies to use cellulosic feedstocks.  At the local, the majority of Americans, which is all we need in a democracy, are concerned about our country, our economy, our environment, and our energy and national security.  Ask your local suppliers if they can support you and their country, and support their community by making these fuels available. Help spread the word to your elected officials, your neighbors, and your children. We can make more clean, renewable energy, right here, in America — if you take action.

The U.S. agriculture industry is America's blessing, but the American farmer is in a constant struggle for not just profitability, but even for survival. Yet American agriculture holds the key to future success while meeting a wide range of public policy goals through the production of fuel ethanol and other fuels. And its not just farmers — urban waste, forestry wastes and products, specialty energy crops and many other materials can be converted to ethanol and also to a wide range of biobased products everywhere, all across America.

The U.S. ethanol program is supporting farmers across the country to help them build ethanol plants to meet the challenges facing America in dealing with our dependence on imported oil and our struggling economy. Ethanol Across America is going to help mobilize existing support and bring on new supporters to take control of our energy future by providing objective and peer reviewed information. Through this website you can become informed. You can take action. You can make a difference.

An ambitious program? You bet it is, and good things don't come easy. But with the kinds of benefits ethanol offers, we need to all work together to support ethanol programs and revitalize the economy everywhere and lead the way so we can develop newer technologies to transfer the rest of the world – which is in the same predicament.

Let's continue to put American dollars back into America by reducing oil imports and creating jobs with renewable transportation fuels.

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New White Paper Identifies Opportunities for Increased Ethanol Demand Growing Beyond the RFS Keys on Regulatory Relief

Washington, DC, Jan 15, 2016: Despite the effectiveness of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in providing an entry ramp to the fuel market, the potential for corn ethanol to contribute to meeting a range of public policy objectives has only scratched the surface, according to a new White Paper released here today.

In order for corn ethanol production and use to move beyond the limits imposed by the RFS, the key is regulatory relief, writes the author of the paper, David Vander Griend, founder and CEO of ICM Inc, and president of the Urban Air Initiative.

The 15 billion gallon per year corn cap under the RFS is only relevant to the issuance of RINS (renewable credits) says VanderGriend and there is a huge market opportunity beyond the RFS. Specifically, he identifies the following as critical building blocks, all of which are within the ability of the US EPA to address:

  • Correcting the MOVES model and the lifecycle analysis of corn ethanol
  • Removing unnecessary vapor pressure restrictions that limit higher blend volumes
  • Raising minimum octane levels in gasoline while enforcing limits on toxic aromatics
  • Streamlining the process for the certifications of higher blends like E30
  • Reinstating flex fuel vehicle credits

Click here for the full press release.

Click here to download a copy of the White Paper.

New Issue Brief Looks at Improving Air Quality Through Transportation Fuels

Petroleum refiners synthesize toxic substances called aromatics from crude oil in order to increase gasoline octane levels and profits. These aromatics and their combustion by-products have been classified as Hazardous Air Pollutants by the EPA and linked to a myriad of cancers, heart disease, and other ailments. Originally thought of as a replacement for lead, a known poison, aromatics may be much worse. Cleaner, healthier alternatives are available for octane and this Issue Brief examines the history of our transition from lead to aromatics and how it is imperative that we improve fuel quality and protect public health.

Click here for Issue Brief.

New White Paper Highlights Corn Ethanol's Decreasing Carbon Intensity

Energy Use Down, Yields Up Resulting in Significant Reductions Since 2008

Washington, DC, Jan 6, 2015: Innovations in conversion technology and energy use at ethanol facilities, coupled with enhanced efficiency fertilizers and corn production management have resulted in corn ethanol being significantly shortchanged in its value to reduce carbon emissions, according to a new White Paper released here today.

The paper was written by Ron Alverson, a South Dakota corn and soybean farmer with a background in Agronomy/Soil Science and produced through the Clean Fuels Development Coalition's Ethanol Across America education campaign. Mr. Alverson provides a detailed analysis of recent changes to the life cycle carbon intensity of midwest corn ethanol as calculated by the U.S Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory. The tool created by Argonne is called the GREET (Greenhouse gasses, Regulated Emissions and Energy Transportation) model and has been significantly updated since its first iteration in 2008. However, the paper noted that the low carbon fuel regulators at the federal and state level have failed to recognize the new realities of what should now be considered an advanced biofuel.

Read the White Paper here.

Ethanol Lowers the Price of Gasoline

Ethanol Lowers the Price of Gasoline

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this picture tells quite a story. One of the many myths the petroleum industry and the poultry and feeder industries perpetuate is that ethanol is more expensive than oil/gasoline. This picture was taken at a gas pump in South Carolina in late August and shows that gasoline without ethanol is 66 cents more expensive than the very same gasoline that contains ethanol. This is an apples to apples comparison in that they are both regular 87 octane. And, this cannot be dismissed as being a Midwest phenomenon that is only cheaper because it is in the heart of corn country.

Ethanol blended fuels represent value to the consumer while reducing the negative health impacts from the toxic compounds in gasoline.

Ethanol Highlighted Among the Alternative Fuels In Georgia Road Rally

Clean Fuels Foundation, Growth Energy Partner to Expand Consumer Awareness for Higher Ethanol Blends

Atlanta, GA, June 23, 2014: As part of its ongoing educational programs, Ethanol Across America, in cooperation with the The FlexFuel Awareness Campaign kicked off week two of the Georgia Alternative Fuel Road Rally this week following successful awareness events in Atlanta, Augusta, Warner Robbins, and Savannah on the first leg of the tour. The Clean Fuels Foundation, Growth Energy, and a number of agriculture and ethanol supporters are among the sponsors of the tour which is designed to increase consumer and fleet operator awareness for alternative fuels.

The FlexFuel Awareness Campaign is focusing on the message that high level ethanol blends and FFVs are an option for private and government fleets and that they can be very competitive among the family of legally defined alternative fuels.

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New White Paper Warns of Gasoline’s Growing Health Risks

Gasoline Exhaust is Linked to Serious Health Problems

Gasoline exhaust is a much greater source of toxic emissions than previously reported, and lethal, ultra-fine particulates are not being adequately regulated and controlled according to a new White Paper in the EAA White Paper series.

The paper was written by David E. Hallberg, the founder and first president of the Renewable Fuels Association. Hallberg writes that the petroleum industry is refining gasoline with high levels of toxic aromatics that combust into benzene and other carcinogenic pollutants. This gasoline that is reaching consumers represents a serious health threat but cost effective alternatives are available.

“At a time when the petroleum industry is spending millions to discredit clean octane products that can be used to protect public health, EPA needs to re-assess their protocols and recognize this growing threat”, said Hallberg. He added that mid-Level ethanol blends can provide significantly greater emission health, and economic benefits than EPA models indicate.

For a copy of the new White Paper, click here…

New White Paper Challenges EPA Modeling of Ethanol Emissions

Washington, D.C., August 26, 2013: Mid-Level Ethanol Blends can provide significantly greater emission and health benefits than US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) models indicate, according to a new White Paper written by Steve VanderGriend of the Urban Air Initiative.

Mr. VanderGriend writes that ethanol's chemical property has a beneficial distillation point that makes it almost impossible for it to cause the kinds of increases EPA claims. In fact, he argues, it is the highly toxic aromatics added to gasoline in the EPA testing procedures that cause significant increases in criteria emissions. He makes the case that ethanol is a superior blending agent that can replace toxic components of gasoline used for octane. Ethanol provides clean octane that, when properly blended, would create value for blends well beyond 10% volume.

The EPA findings relate to the Renewable Fuel Standard and a specific model developed by the Agency required in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

To Download a copy of the white Paper click here (PDF 1.2MB)

New White Paper Makes the Case for Feedstock Flexibility for Advanced Biofuels.

Philip Madson, President of KATZEN International, has authored a new Ethanol Across America White Paper that makes a compelling case for removing barriers to the production of Advanced Biofuels by allowing a wider range of feedstocks.

In the quest for 2nd generation fuels, Madson lays out a pathway for what he terms as "Gen 1.5" that would remove the cellulose mandate and unleash a wave of technology and feedstocks that would make the 16 billion gallons currently limited to cellulosic feedstocks a more attainable goal.

Click here to download the White Paper

The Clean Fuels Foundation is one of the partners in a new grant awarded to the Nebraska Ethanol Industry Coalition to increase awareness relating to FlexFuel Vehicles, high level ethanol blends, and FlexFuel pumps. The project will utilize elements of the FlexFuel Vehicle Awareness Campaign as they work with other industry and government partners.

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New White Paper Addresses Problems with Carbon Modeling and ILUC Penalty

A new Ethanol Across America White paper reveals that the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard unfairly penalizes domestic ethanol and could effectively ban Midwest product from that market over the next several years.

Bill Roddy, Director of Environmental Compliance with ERI Solutions, and the former Director of Kern Air Pollution Control District in California, warns of dire consequences resulting from indirect land use change (ILUC) penalties incorporated into both federal and California modeling. Carbon Modeling and ILUC—Separating Fact From Fiction is a new White Paper authored by Roddy in which he explains the process under which ethanol must meet a “carbon intensity” standard. According to Mr. Roddy, California has adopted a model that assumes a far greater penalty for ILUC than is reasonable. In fact he argues no crops grown in the United States have been displaced to the point they must now be grown in other countries and there should be no penalty at all.

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CFDC to work with Foundation, Autos on FFV/Motor Vehicle Administration Project

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New White Paper Lays out Path Forward for Cellulose

Wes Bolsen of CFDC member company Coskata offers some common sense suggestions on how the biofuels and cellulose sectors can move forward in the latest in the Ethanol Across America White Paper Series.

With significant volumes of cellulosic ethanol required under the Renewable Fuel Standard, the US has the opportunity, means, and motive to produce these fuels. This paper makes the case for the US to stay the course and reap the benefits of producing homegrown biofuels.

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New Guide to E85, Blender Pumps Available

The Clean Fuels Foundation announced it has published a new document supporting current efforts to expand refueling infrastructure for high level ethanol blends.

E85 and Blender Pumps: A Resource Guide to Ethanol Refueling Infrastructure was developed in cooperation with the Nebraska Ethanol Board, the US Department of Agriculture, and the FlexFuel Vehicle Awareness Campaign. The guide was created to help fuel marketers and other interested parties learn more about options available to them to market ethanol blends.

The guide provides technical details regarding dispensers and vehicles as well as information covering such areas as financial assistance, construction, and permitting .

Copies of the Guide may be obtained by contacting the Clean Fuels Foundation at, the Nebraska Ethanol Board at, or downloading a copy here.

Energy Security: The US is More Dependent and Vulnerable than Ever

Washington, DC: March 2, 2011: The Ethanol Across America education campaign released the latest in its series of Issue Briefs today on Energy Security which illustrates the many negative impacts of continued dependence on imported oil. U.S. Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN), co-chairman of the Ethanol Across America Campaign, said “For many years as a member and former Chairman of both the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Agriculture Committee I have argued that America’s insatiable appetite for oil places our country in a precarious situation of reliability on regions of the world that have become increasingly hostile to us.” Senator Lugar noted that “Increasing the development and production of renewable fuels such as ethanol will help ensure national and economic security and gas price stability. With high oil prices, ethanol production becomes even more important and farmers will add to our nation’s security while helping our communities prosper.” Among the key points raised in the brief are the following: - In 2010, the U.S. spent $28 billion per month on foreign oil—a massive transfer of wealth during a period of economic hardship - In January of 2011—traditionally one of the lowest demand months of the year, we spent more than $35 billion. - Reliance on foreign oil has cost us more than $7 trillion over the past 30 years - America spends $137 Billion annually defending Persian gulf oil, adding more than $1 per gallon to gas prices - Oil imports undermine energy security by delaying investment in the development of alternatives.

Click here to view the new Issue Brief

Save the Date!! The Annual Ethanol Marketing Forum in Omaha April 7-8.

The Ethanol Across America Education Campaign will again be partnering with the Nebraska Ethanol Board for the 6th annual Ethanol Marketing Forum to be held at the Magnolia Hotel in Omaha on April 7-8. This intimate gathering has been a sellout every year and features experts from the Nebraska ethanol industry as well as national leaders such as last year's keynote speaker, USDA UnderSecretary Dallas Tonsager. The unique format of beginning in the afternoon of April 7th and concluding by the afternoon of April 8th includes an evening reception and allows easy travel in and out of Omaha. For more information log on to or call the NEB at 402-471-2941.

New Issue Brief Highlights Positive Economic Impacts of Ethanol Production

The Ethanol Across America education campaign released the latest in its series of Issue Briefs today on the Economic Impacts of Ethanol Production that illustrates the significant benefits of ethanol production to the U.S. economy.

The Brief examines the impacts of several fuel ethanol facilities in states including Nebraska, Indiana, Iowa, and South Dakota and shows how these domestic biorefineries are helping the economy. Read the full press release.

Click here to view the new Issue Brief

USDA Joins FlexFuel Vehicle Awareness Effort

The Clean Fuels Foundation announced today that they are working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to expand public awareness on fueling options available to owners of flexible fuel vehicles (FFV). The FFV awareness effort is targeting several areas across the country to increase the use of ethanol blends in FlexFuel vehicles. "Breaking through the blend wall begins with the 8 million FlexFuel vehicles on the road today, and reaching these drivers to make sure they know they can use ethanol blends up to 85%,” said Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager. Tonsager also noted FFVs of any age can use E15 or any other gasoline ethanol blend up to E85 and can take advantage of favorable market pricing on these blends when offered.

The US Environmental Protection Agency is also supporting the effort, and EPA spokesman Paul Argyropolous said "More frequent use of higher blends of ethanol in FlexFuel vehicles is one avenue that can further support meeting the volume requirements of the renewable fuel standard, which in turn results in additional greenhouse gas reductions. When fully implemented, the program will reduce GHG emissions equivalent to taking 27 million cars off the road," he said. “This awareness effort is another avenue which federal and private interests can work together to attain these goals.” More than 30 major companies and organizations have endorsed the campaign at the national and state level. For further information read the full press release, visit

Recognition of Ethanol’s Health Benefits

C. Boyden Gray, one of the architects of the historic 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments that established the nation's reformulated gasoline program, called for increased regulation of air toxics by the Environmental Protection Agency and in so doing, increasing the market for ethanol. Writing in an Ethanol Across America White Paper, Mr. Gray notes that ethanol's high octane value allows it to replace a number of harmful components of gasoline and saves tens of thousands of lives annually. He further states that increasing the use of ethanol would result in less toxic aromatics being used in gasoline and a direct reduction in fine particle, or particulate matter (PM) pollution. Mr. Gray calls on EPA to use their existing authority for stricter enforcement of toxic aromatics which can achieve comparable reductions to current measures imposed on stationary sources for a fraction of the cost. Copies can be downloaded from the Ethanol Across America website here.

New Ethanol Fact Book now available

The Flagship publication of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition and the Ethanol Across America program for nearly 15 years has been the Ethanol Fact Book. This unique document provides hundreds of sourced facts relating to ethanol and addresses issues regarding the ethanol tax incentive, energy security and oil import reductions, economic impacts and benefits to the U.S. Treasury, greenhouse gas reduction and environmental benefits, and advancements in cellulose conversion technologies. In addition, developments in flexible fuel vehicle production and high level blends are addressed.

U.S. Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) Co-Chair of the Ethanol Across America campaign said, "As Congress continues its work on an energy bill it is essential that it will continue to support and enhance our nation’s use of renewable fuels. Ethanol supports our efforts to create jobs, stimulate the economy, reduce the use of oil, and improve the environment. Through the Ethanol Across America education program, we are getting the facts out and believe when people understand the wide range of benefits ethanol provides they will continue to support it. The Clean Fuels Development Coalition has done a tremendous job in educating the public about this issue through this fact book.”

U.S. Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN), co-chair of the Ethanol Across America campaign, said, "Energy is a vitally strategic national security issue for our country. The real cost of petroleum includes the use of our military to defend shipping lanes and maintain geopolitical stability in oil producing regions. Increasing the development and production of renewable fuels such as ethanol will help ensure national and economic security. As the Ethanol Fact Book illustrates, with high oil prices ethanol production becomes even more important and farmers growing corn, and other energy crops, will add to our nation’s energy security while helping our communities prosper."

You can download the Ethanol Fact Book or contact us at to receive a copy.

Ethanol Teams with Veterans to Highlight Energy Security on Memorial Day

The Ethanol Across America education campaign, the Clean Fuels Development Coalition, and the FlexFuel Vehicle (FFV) Club once again teamed with the Volunteers of Underage Military Service (VUMS) to form a procession of ethanol and hyThree New Publications Available from Ethanol Across America. Click here for PDF…

New Issue Brief on Cellulosic Biofuels

According to a new report issued by the Ethanol Across America education campaign, there are more than two dozen different companies engaged in nearly 100 projects to produce cellulosic biofuels, with encouraging signs that federal requirements for these fuels can be met.

Converting Cellulose Into Ethanol and Other Biofuels
is the latest in the highly successful Issue Brief series produced by the Ethanol Across America campaign and was released recently at the Infocast Cellulosic Biofuels Summit 2009. The brief, includes an Introduction from Ethanol Across America Advisory Committee members U.S. Senators Ben Nelson (D-NE), Richard Lugar (R-IN), and Tim Johnson (D-SD). The brief examines different paths to commercialization of cellulose as well as the companies employing them. The brief also looks at realistic feedstock availability based on studies from the Federal Biomass Technical Advisory Committee and the Sandia National Lab which both conclude that there are no .insurmountable barriers to producing significant volumes of biofuels from cellulose.  (see full story, download report)

New Issue Brief on Environmental Impacts of Ethanol Production

The Environmental Impacts of Ethanol Production, another new Issue Brief , tackles some tough issues and common questions about ethanol. Ethanol Across America Director Douglas A. Durante said the focus on the environment and the urgency to go green makes this is a timely publication. "As ethanol production increases in response to the Renewable Fuel Standard, it is important that people understand the environmental impacts of ethanol, and this Issue Brief should serve that purpose very well. With reduced emissions, low energy use, minimal water consumption, increasingly efficient farming practices, and a resulting low impact on land use, we have a good story to tell."

The direct and indirect land use issue has been particularly visible of late due to proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations and Durante said the new White Paper also released here this week is a complimentary piece to the brief. Click here for Brief (PDF 364 K)

Rethinking the Value of Corn Ethanol Co-Products in Lifecycle Assessments, Dave Vander Griend, President, ICM

Farmer productivity has already outpaced the demand for feedgrains needed for the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Biofuel critics leap to the conclusion that farmers must be using more land — pristine, conservation land —even our national forests! And if this is indeed the case, farmers must not only be reducing our food supply but generating carbon emissions in the process. The chorus of critics and detractors —people apparently opposed to the greater choice and control that a competitive biofuels market offers — grew louder and falsely faulted the ethanol industry for increasing CO2, generating greenhouse gases (GHG) and contributing to climate change.

On top of this, the “food and fuel” debate reached near hysteria toward the end of 2007, throughout 2008 and well into 2009. Ethanol was targeted as the culprit for rising food prices, with little attention paid to the facts (such as the significant impact of petroleum-based energy costs at every stage of food production and distribution) — or to what is really happening in American agriculture today.

Click to download the White Paper (PDF 964K)

Energy Security Senate Briefing Hosted by EAA Co-Chairman Senator Dick Lugar

The Ethanol Across America education campaign saluted the anniversary of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by hosting a briefing on energy security held in the Hart Senate Office building two years after the signing of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA).

Senator Lugar, (R-IN), Co-chairman of the Ethanol Across America Advisory Committee and an original sponsor of the RFS, hosted the briefing.  Former Director of Central Intelligence James Woolsey, Anne Korin, author of Energy Security Challenges For The 21st Century, and others discussed national/energy security issues, the role biofuels can play, and advances in food and fuel production technologies. Click to view

Ethanol Minute Radio Returns to the Air

Could Reach 53 Million Listeners with Information About Ethanol

The Ethanol Minute is a national radio show broadcasting interviews with experts from all walks of life including elected officials, celebrities, energy and environmental experts, and businessmen and women.  An estimated 400 stations throughout the country carry the broadcasts to over 53 million listeners. The 2010 Broadcast season kicks off with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.  Other guests and spokespeople include Secretary Vilsacks predecessor at USDA, Secretary Ed Schafer who Calls for Grocery Manufacturers to Stop Blaming Biofuels and Provide Relief to American Consumers Click here to listen.:,  Senator Richard Lugar, ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and one of the Senate's strongest voices for Energy Security, Click here to listen;  former US Senator and United Nations Climate authority Tim Wirth,  and many others.

Listen to all of the Ethanol Minute Radio broadcasts

Clean Fuels Foundation Spearheads National FFV Awareness Campaign

National FFV Awareness Project To Mobilize Support for Increased Ethanol Usage

As part of a series of events across the country celebrating Earth Day, the Ethanol Across America education campaign announced today its support of the National Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) Awareness Project in cooperation with the FlexFuel Vehicle Club of America.  The FlexFuel Vehicle Club was founded to build a national support base of FFV owners and other related stakeholders.  The goal of the project is to accelerate and support existing consumer education efforts to increase ethanol demand through the sale of high level blends of ethanol to meet the nation’s renewable fuel standard. Click here for press release (PDF 106K)

Tired of Just Complaining? Join the Club – the Flexible Fuel Vehicle Club of America

Ethanol Across America education campaign helped launch the Flex Fuel Vehicle Club of America (Flex Fuel Vehicle Club) at the Renewable Energy Expo on Capitol Hill. The FFV Club is a web-based, membership driven, very unique new community-of-interest. The FFV Club will corral, nurture, harness, and activate the power of millions of existing and future FFV owners. For more information go to

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Ethanol 3rd Largest Contributor to Nation’s Gasoline Supply

The Clean Fuels Foundation’s Ethanol Across America education campaign released part of an internal study that places the U.S. fuel ethanol industry as the third largest contributor to the U.S. gasoline supply – surpassing Iraq and several other OPEC countries.Click here for the Press Release

The Ethanol Fact Book Provides an Overview of the Economic, Environmental and Energy Security Benefits of Ethanol

2007 Edition of the Ethanol Fact Book
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Economic Impact of Ethanol Production

This report, sponsored by CFDC and released by the Ethanol Across America Education Campaign, illustrates how U.S. ethanol production facilities are generating hundreds of millions of dollars to local, state, and federal governments through direct and indirect economic generation. "When indirect and induced jobs are considered, along with capital spending and investment, the ethanol industry is adding more than $40 billion of gross output to the U.S. economy," said U.S. Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) Co-Chairman of the Ethanol Across America campaign.

Ethanol's Negative Energy Balance Myth: Case Closed

According to a new Net Energy Balance of Ethanol Production study released by the Ethanol Across America (EAA) education campaign, the energy efficiency of ethanol plants is steadily improving, with modern ethanol plants using 20% less energy than just four years ago. "The facts speak for themselves in that today's ethanol plants are producing more energy in the form of domestic transportation fuels and using considerably less energy to do so. Energy audits, independent studies, and government research all confirm that ethanol is a net energy producer and that we are constantly improving technology." said EAA Advisory Board Member Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD).

Click here for copies of the Press Release & Net Energy Balance of Ethanol Production Study

The Ethanol Across America education campaign releases The Impact of Ethanol Production on Food, Fuel and Feed.

This report was designed to help the media and public understand the real impact of the U.S. fuel ethanol program on food prices and help combat the paid negative media campaign being waged against ethanol by the Grocery Manufacturers Association.Copy of the Press Release. Download Copy of the Report here

Alternative Fuels Key to a Rural Renaissance: USDA Under Secretary Tom Dorr

The outlook for rural America has never been brighter; we are at the nexus of a rural renaissance. Renewable energy, especially ethanol, is the cause. Ethanol & Rural Development (PDF 148K)

Thinking About Building an Ethanol Plant? Do Your Homework First!

Ethanol Plant Guide (PDF 836K)

Congressmen Join Senators Nelson and Lugar on Ethanol Across America Advisory Board

The Ethanol Across America Education Campaign administered through CFDC’s Clean Fuels Foundation, is honored to have Congressman Lee Terry (R-NE), Congressman Jay Inslee (D-WA) join co-chairs Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) on the advisory board .  U.S. Senator Dick Lugar (R-IN), Co-Chairman of the Ethanol Across America education campaign, continued to sound the alarm over U.S. dependence on imported oil this month as he called on the next President to commit to elevating energy security to the status of a core national goal in a major speech at Purdue University Calumet. Click here for more.

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