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Mary Schaper
Posted January 28, 2015

Energy Hypocrisy: Ethanol Isn’t a Good Fuel, But It’s Not Going Away Anytime Soon

The Guardian (Debbie Carlson): Ethanol was supposed to do a lot for the US.

It was supposed to help reduce our dependence on foreign oil. It was supposed to combat climate change. It was supposed to be a gateway for more renewable fuels technology. It was supposed to reduce gasoline prices because it was cheaper.

So when Congress mandated in 2005 that 10% of the nation’s fuel supply had to be blended with ethanol, which is derived from corn, there were some idealistic hopes that renewable fuels would wean us off fossil fuels.

It hasn’t worked that way.

The US is reducing its dependence on foreign oil, but not because of ethanol. It’s because we’re pumping more of our own oil here, thanks to fracking. It hasn’t led to more research and development of advanced biofuels. 

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Mary Schaper is a Digital Communications Manager for the American Petroleum Institute. She previously worked on Capitol Hill for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee as Digital Director and for Senator Lisa Murkowski. Before coming to D.C., she spearheaded digital strategy for Murkowski's successful Senate write-in campaign in 2010. Schaper enjoys traveling and taking in the local culture alongside her husband, their son and loyal springer spaniel.