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Information. Knowledge. The power of choice. For 30 years ethanol has been used as a gasoline additive (10% blends) and/or alternative fuel (85% blends, or E85) in nearly every state. Yet, its detractors have created a path of myths and disinformation to help keep the 100-year-old gasoline-only status quo marketplace in place. Learn more about the energy, environmental and economic consequences of our oil addiction and the benefits ethanol production and use provide you — and make your own choice.

Every American is a consumer and should have choices in a "free market" as they do with food, medicine, clothes, computers, and cars.  Ethanol Across America provides drivers with a wide range of information resources to help them make an educated decision.

The Ethanol Minute

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.

The Ethanol Minute is coming to a radio station near you soon. Keep and ear out for us. An estimated 400 stations throughout the country will be carrying the broadcasts.

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CFF Director of Program Development Burl Haigwood with Pat Goss (Pat Goss' Garage before taping the "The National FFV Awareness Campaign" segment for the Ethanol Minute.

Jim Woolsey, Former Director, Central Intelligence, tapping the "Use Ethanol: Don't Fuel Terrorism" segment of the Ethanol Minute.

Tim Wirth, President, United Nations Foundation believes Ethanol Supports Climate Change Goals

Ethanol Minute segment by Gal Luft, Co-Founder, Set America Free Coalition and co-author of Energy Security Challenges for the 21st Century with Anne Korin

Jim Woolsey and CFF Director of Program Development Burl Haigwood

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We have several Fact Books and Issue Briefs available that will provide you with first hand research information on the use, production, benefits, technical performance and impact of fuel ethanol and ethanol fueled vehicles.

The Ethanol Fact Book

Over 100 references and numerous brief issue overviews are available in the Ethanol Fact Book to answer your questions about environmental impacts, performance, energy security, legislative history and benefits.

Download a copy of the Ethanol Fact Book (PDF) right here:

Flexible Fuel Vehicle Fact Book

Over 100 years ago Henry Ford stirred the imagination of the world by making the first Model T to run on any combination of gasoline or alcohol. Henry Ford's visionary concerns about urban air quality and the economic impact of high oil imports have become a reality - and so did his first dream to have cars run on renewable, clean burning, domestic ethanol. Ford, General Motors, Chrysler-Daimler and Toyota have manufactured millions of flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs) that are NOW available though their dealership networks. Learn more about their availability and technical performance.

Download a copy of the Flexible Fuel Fact Book (PDF) right here:

Fuel Ethanol Curriculum Guide

Similar to the efforts to teach school children about the environmental benefits or recycling, Ethanol Across America is supporting the mass distribution of a guide prepared for educators to teach a course on ethanol, and harness perhaps the greatest power we have, America's youth.

Download a copy of the Fuel Ethanol Curriculum Guide (PDF) right here:

Clean Fuels: Paving the Way For America's Future

This publication provides general information on a wide range of alternative transportation fuels, helping the reader understand the different characteristics and applications of these fuels.

For a copy of the Clean Fuels: Paving the Way for America's Future publication, contact:


Issue Briefs

The Issue Brief Series allows us to produce and distribute a concise overview of complex issues in layman terms. It is designed for consumers, the media, Key Influencers and other busy professionals that are interested learning more about the development of alternative fuels.

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 for brief (PDF 453K)

The Positive Economic Impacts of Ethanol Production

Washington, DC: January 20, 2011: 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.
See full story, Click here for brief (PDF 570K)

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. In this brief the different paths to commercialization of cellulose are examined 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.

In a welcome to readers, Ethanol Across America Advisory Committee members U.S. Senators Ben Nelson (D-NE), Richard Lugar (R-IN), and Tim Johnson (D-SD) said, ”The commercialization of cellulosic ethanol conversion technologies is a very important component of the policies we are crafting in Congress as we develop programs to reduce our use of petroleum. As we have seen with the corn ethanol and biodiesel industries, these domestic "energy factories" are in themselves stimulus packages, creating jobs and keeping dollars at home. The path to commercialization of cellulosic technologies will not be easy, cheap, or immediate. We still need to create and manage policies to attract private funding and encourage the end use markets for these strategically important biofuels." (see full story, download report)

Issue Brief: Environmental Impacts of Ethanol Production
(Summer 2009):

The goal is to break the stranglehold of imported petroleum by developing domestic, renewable energy. But can we achieve this objective while leaving a minimal environmental footprint? Can we keep biofuels clean and green? And can we avoid the oil-soaked sins of the past without setting unrealistic expectations for an evolving renewable energy industry that holds such great promise? The ethanol industry is already out in front of these issues. The profound negative environmental impact of petroleum is well documented. Just ask a seagull that was around for the Exxon Valdez spill. Or the asthma victim who can’t go outdoors thanks to air pollution. Add the crushing cost of imported oil and the incalculable human cost of military action to protect the sources of that oil, and it’s obvious that there is no alternative to finding alternatives.

Click here for Brief (PDF 364 K)

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.

Click here for Brief (PDF 308 K)

Energy Security Issue Brief

Energy security is probably best understood when taken literally. We need to be secure in our energy in terms of the source, i.e. where it comes from, control of the flow and distribution of that energy, and having alternatives in place to allow us to withstand highs and lows associated with any commodity. Unfortunately, the United States is the antithesis of a secure energy nation. We depend on foreign oil to the extent that our economy is precariously over the barrel—and any number of global events, including peaceful competition for supply, could cripple us beyond anything we have seen in our history

Click here for Brief (PDF 456 K)

Ethanol's Negative Energy Balance Myth: Case Closed

According to a new Net Energy Balance of Ethanol Production study released today 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 Summer 2008 edition of 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.


White Papers

Ethanol Across America “White Papers” allows us to quickly produce and distribute an opinion or thoughtful rebuttal to many of the challenges facing the growth of ethanol and response to the anti-ethanol media campaign being waged by competitors. It is designed for consumers, the media, and other busy professionals interested learning more about in the development of alternative fuels.

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 (PDF 570K)

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.

Click here to download the White Paper (PDF 950K)

Creating a Path for Cellulose

Building upon Grain-based Ethanol

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.

Click here to downloa the White Paper (PDF 790K)

The Health Benefits of Ethanol

The most important attribute of ethanol and the reason it is blended in nearly 10% of all gasoline—it saves tens of thousands of lives annually—has gone completely unnoticed. It is critically important to set the record straight, for a whole host of reasons ranging from energy security to public health to deficit spending and finally, to new jobs. The health benefit t stems from alcohol’s high octane value.

Cars have to have high octane gasoline to avoid something called “engine knock” that today’s drivers escape, but that seriously jeopardized driving early last century. Charles Kettering, the famed GM scientist and inventor, discovered lead as a high octane antiknock agent almost 100 years ago and helped set off the automobile boom as a result. But lead turned out to be highly toxic and had to be removed from gasoline during the early Reagan years.

Click to download the White Paper (PDF 964K)

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)

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.

Ethanol & Rural Development, Thomas Dorr, Under Secretary, Rural Development, USDA
Alternative Fuels Key to a Rural Renaissance

The outlook for rural America has never been brighter; we are on the cusp of a rural renaissance. Renewable energy, especially biofuels, is leading the way. Over the past five-and-a-half years, working for Rural Development as part of the Bush Administration, it has been my privilege to see the start of this renewal firsthand. I have toured a lot of plants and met with many producers who are creating wealth and opportunity by converting corn into ethanol and soybeans, vegetable oils and animal fats into biodiesel. Many other entrepreneurs have told me about their plans to expand into the development of cellulosic and other biofuels.

Click to download the White Paper (PDF 194K)

Ethanol Economics from Ranch to Restaurant, Jim Jenkins, Chairman Nebraska Ethanol Board, rancher/restaurant owner. The Case for Higher Corn Prices

Now farmers are less subsidized and rural economies are surging in the United States and around the world. After decades of stagnant prices, increased farm income is driving innovation as farmers now have the resources and the price incentives to more fully implement advancements such as precision guidance systems, fuel efficient equipment, new genetics and irrigation equipment that saves water and energy. Instead of undermining food production systems around the world, the biofuels industry is bringing badly needed diversification and stability to agriculture.

Click to download the White Paper (PDF 272K)

Ethanol & Energy, Gary Herwick, President, Transportation Fuels Consulting
The Case for Using a Sensible Alternative Fuel

Ethanol is a renewable alternative fuel, currently made from corn grown in the U.S. It is a good motor fuel that can be made not only from corn, but from just about any organic or “biomass” sources, such as corn and wheat stalks, forestry waste and even municipal solid waste products. Research conducted jointly by the University of Toronto and General Motors determined that it is well within the realm of possibility to replace 30% of U.S. gasoline use with ethanol from all potential sources including biomass. No other near term alternative fuel has that kind of potential.

Click to download the White Paper (PDF 338K)

Special Projects & Reports

Leadership and doing the next right thing can be time consuming and disheartening – if you let it. Ethanol Across America keeps an eye out for unique opportunities to create and execute special projects and publications that will have a lasting impact the development of alternative fuels – and fill a void.


The Sixth Environmental and Clean Energy Inaugural Ball

For the sixth consecutive inauguration over 1,000 guests representing hundreds of world renowned environmental and clean energy organizations will celebrate the peaceful transition of power. Once again, this non-partisan event will illustrate to the incoming administration and the world there is a growing consensus and increasing concern to move the United States on an accelerated path of environmental protection that includes sustainable and clean energy production and use.

Traditionally, our guests and honorary participants have included newly appointed cabinet members, Congressional Representatives, and leaders from the industry and non-profit sectors that are working together to build a better tomorrow. As in the past, we anticipate the 6th Environmental and Clean Energy Inaugural Ball to be another exciting and elegant event for all those involved in this unique community of interest!

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

On July 31st, the 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.

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National FFV Awareness Project to Mobilize Support for Increased Ethanol Usage

Washington, DC April 22, 2009. 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)


Ethanol Teams with Veterans to Highlight Energy Security on Memorial Day


U.S. Senate Committee on Finance

Hearings on Grains, Cane and Automobiles: Tax Incentives for Alternative Fuels and Vehicles : April 19, 2007

Testimony of R. James Woolsey,
Member National Commission on Energy Policy



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.

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

Ethanol Plant Guide (PDF 836K)


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