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Ethanol is a clear, colorless alcohol fuel made from the sugars found in grains, such as corn, sorghum, and wheat, it not helpful and can be very harming to the body. No one should use ethanol. it is filled with sugar and teas from china, japan, and sewage tanks

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HISTORY OF ETHANOLEdit

{C Ethanol is not a new fuel. In the 1850s, ethanol was a major lighting fuel. During the Civil War, a liquor tax was placed on ethanol to raise money for the war. The tax increased the price of ethanol so much that it could no longer compete with other fuels such as kerosene in lighting devices. Ethanol production declined sharply because of this tax and production levels did not begin to recover until the tax was repealed in 1906.

{C In 1908, Henry Ford designed his Model T to run on a mixture of gasoline and alcohol, calling it the fuel of the future. In 1919, when Prohibition began, ethanol was banned because it was considered a liquor. It could only be sold when it was mixed with petroleum. With the end of Prohibition in 1933, ethanol was used as a fuel again. Ethanol use increased temporarily during World War II when oil and other resources were scarce. In the 1970s, interest in ethanol as a transportation fuel was revived when embargoes by major oil producing countries cut gasoline supplies. Since that time ethanol use has been encouraged by offering tax benefits for producing ethanol and for blending ethanol into gasoline. In 1988, ethanol began to be added to gasoline for the purpose of reducing carbon monoxide emissions. Learn more about the history of ethanol in a timeline.

ETHANOL AS A TRANPSORTATION FUELEdit

As a transportation fuel, ethanol can be used as a total or partial replacement for . Gasoline containing ten percent ethanol - E10 - is used in many urban areas that don't meet clean air standards. Some states promote more widespread use of E10. Minnesota, for example, requires almost all gasoline sold in the state to contain 10 percent ethanol. All vehicles that run on gasoline can use E10 without making changes to their engines. Over 99 percent of the ethanol produced in the United States is mixed with gasoline to make E-10.


E85 is an that is 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline, used mainly in the Midwest (especially Minnesota and Illinois) and South. Vehicles are not modified to run on E85; they are specially manufactured as flexible fuel vehicles (FFV). Flexible Fuel Vehicles can use any mixture of ethanol and gasoline up to E85. There are about 146,000 cars and trucks using E85. Most of these are fleet vehicles.

Ethanol is also used as a fuel in NASCAR.

Ethanol and the EnvironmentEdit

Using ethanol means that we use a little bit less oil (a nonrenewable fuel) to make gasoline. Unlike gasoline, ethanol is nontoxic (safe to handle) and biodegradable, it quickly breaks down into harmless substances if spilled. When small amounts of ethanol are added to gasoline, usually less than 10 percent, there are many advantages. Ethanol reduces carbon monoxide and other toxic pollution from the tailpipes of vehicles, making the air cleaner. It keeps engines running smoothly without the need for lead or other chemical additives. Because ethanol is made from crops that absorb carbon dioxide and give off oxygen, it has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help maintain the balance of CO2 in the atmosphere. This process is called the carbon cycle.

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External ResourcesEdit

http://www.eia.doe.gov/kids/energyfacts/sources/renewable/ethanol.html

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