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WI Could Breathe Easier With Biofuels

May 20, 2010

MADISON, Wis. - The huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a symptom of the way we currently distribute and use energy in Wisconsin, but it's not the only symptom. The burning of fossil fuel also has a major impact on the air we breathe, according to the American Lung Association in Wisconsin. The group is advocating the use of cleaner burning, renewable fuels such as E-85 and biodiesel.

Bob Moffitt of the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest says each car that switches to E-85 fuel has a great impact.

"It will prevent about four tons of emissions from going into the air, every year. That's just one vehicle."

In the case of biodiesel, particulate emissions are greatly reduced and any diesel vehicle can use it without engine modifications, Moffitt says. Biofuels are produced from natural, renewable resources - such as corn and soybeans that are grown in Wisconsin - and don't have to be pumped from the ocean floor and transported great distances.

Moffitt says biofuels burn cleaner and reduce the need to drill in difficult and environmentally sensitive areas.

"It's a local fuel; we don't have to transport it a long way. It's relatively easy to produce both E-85 and biodiesel."

Currently, nearly 200,000 flex-fuel vehicles owned in Wisconsin are capable of running on E-85.

Additional information about E-85 and biodiesel is available at www.CleanAirChoice.org.

Glen Gardner, Public News Service - WI