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Ethanol Vote – U.S. Senate


The U.S. Senate voted to cut subsidies for ethanol last Thursday.  This has corn (primary source of ethanol in the U.S.) producers worried. The vote however, is unlikely to pass but it does display the waning lack of interest the additive has seen of late.

Ethanol is used in combination with gasoline to help reduce harmful vehicle emissions. That being said, ethanol has been found to  generate a higher pollution level than gasoline, even though it reduces harmful carbon emissions. This is primarily due to the fact that formaldehyde is released into the air through ethanol burning vehicles.
Ethanol is usually sold in two forms for vehicle consumption. Gasohol which has a 10% mixture of ethanol, and E85 which has a 85% mixture of ethanol.

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