Many fuel retailers provide a variety of octane options. When consumers choose ethanol at the pump, they are helping the environment. Unlike pure gasoline, ethanol is non-toxic and cleaner burning. Its use reduces greenhouse gases by up to 43%.
Ethanol is a renewable fuel source made from plants (most commonly corn).
Ethanol burns cleaner than petroleum-based gasoline, which means it releases fewer toxins into the air — making it safer for both the environment and the humans in it.
Ethanol burns cleaner — emitting fewer toxic emissions into the air.
In fact, the American Lung Association recommends the use of renewable fuels such as ethanol, because the toxins and particulate matter in petroleum-based gasoline poses a threat to human health.
According to a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) associated with corn-based ethanol are about 43% lower than gasoline when measured on an energy equivalent basis.
The corn used to produce ethanol is not the same corn bred for human consumption. About 99% of corn grown in Nebraska is field corn, which is primarily for livestock feed and ethanol production.
Field corn is rarely used for human food. Through processing it is transformed into fuel, meat, miilk, eggs and food ingredients.