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NCGA: Ethanol Bill Would Level the Playing Field

The National Corn Growers Association supports the Fuels Parity Act introduced in the House of Representative’s Monday.

NCGA President Tom Haag says the legislation “Recognizes the declining carbon intensity of today’s low-carbon ethanol and helps level the playing field.” Published analysis from the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory concludes corn ethanol’s carbon intensity decreased 23 percent from 2005 to 2019 due to increased corn yield, reduced fertilizer intensity and improved ethanol production efficiency, with corn ethanol now between 44 and 52 percent lower in carbon intensity than the gasoline it replaces.

Argonne’s analysis is consistent with recent research from Environmental Health and Engineering that corn ethanol today is 46 percent lower in carbon intensity than gasoline, with the potential for further reductions from additional corn feedstock and production process improvements.

Under the law, advanced biofuels must deliver a 50 percent or more reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to gasoline, a requirement today’s ethanol now meets.

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