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WI Biofuels Offer Cleaner Air and Jobs



March 2, 2010

BROOKFIELD, Wis. - Wisconsin drivers can get where they're going, and do it in a more environmentally-friendly way, by driving a flex-fuel vehicle that uses an alternate fuel such as E85. That fuel, a mixture of 85 percent ethanol with just 15 percent gasoline, is made in part from ethanol produced in Wisconsin. It can reduce ozone-forming pollutants, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and help to improve the air we breathe.

Jolene McNutt, coordinator of the clean fuel and vehicle technologies program for the American Lung Association in Wisconsin, says there are nearly 200,000 flex-fuel vehicles on Wisconsin's roads right now, and E85 is a great fuel choice for those cars and trucks.

"E85 is available right now. They can go out and purchase it at over 135 retailers throughout Wisconsin, and it's a great choice for helping reduce dependency on foreign oil."

McNutt says that, unlike many other green energy options of the future, E85 is making an impact today. It is produced from renewable feedstocks grown close to home, like corn and other grain products. Wisconsin has no oil wells, but does produce plenty of the raw materials used to make E85 and other biofuels.

There are many advantages for drivers of flex-fuel vehicles who select biofuels like E85. McNutt says there are obvious environmental benefits, and there are economic advantages as well.

"E85 use supports local communities; it provides jobs and income for Wisconsin families."

A study conducted by the American Lung Association shows more than 27 million American children age 13 and under are potentially exposed to unhealthful levels of ozone. Supporters of E85 say its use in flex-fuel vehicles can have a significant impact on making the air healthier for all of us.

For more information visit www.cleanairchoice.org

Tim Morrissey, Public News Service - WI