Consumer Information About Motor Fuel

10% of the gasoline you buy contains the domestically produced renewable fuel ethanol. The 2005 and 2007 federal energy bills mandate U.S. gasoline blenders sell a certain amount of ethanol in the gasoline supply and that amount increases over time. The effect: we're running low on corn, which is bad news for ranchers, and anyone else who uses corn, beef, or anything that competes with corn for land -- that is, bad news for everyone except for a few folks getting rich off ethanol. Because ethanol is produced domestically, from domestically grown crops, it can be said that using ethanol reduces U.S. dependence on foreign oil and increases the nation's energy independence. This means that Connecticut uses 160 million gallons of ethanol and avoids using 160 million gallons of refined gasoline. It can also be said that ethanol is a poor energy bargain for consumers as in exchange for the $6 billion federal ethanol tax credit consumers receive a fuel that contains less energy per gallon than it takes in energy to produce that same gallon. Ethanol also contains less energy per gallon than the same amount of gasoline, hence drivers will notice slightly less "gas" mileage as ethanol use increases.

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