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Is EPA Doing more Harm than good?

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The reduced blending of ethanol into the nation’s fuel supply that is being mandated by the EPA will actually lead to more air pollution, according to a recent study. That’s right the EPA is actually doing more harm to the environment than good.

In a recent study by the Energy Resources Center at the University of Illinois in Chicago, A proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to change ethanol blending rules would significantly increase carbon emissions to the equivalent of adding nearly one million more passenger vehicles on the road. The findings come in the wake of proposed rules by the EPA that call for a reduction of the volume of ethanol blended in gasoline as mandated by the Renewable Fuel Standard. If the rules are adopted as proposed, a total of 17.5 billion gallons of ethanol would be blended with gasoline by 2016, 3.75 billion fewer gallons than originally mandated by Congress.

The peer-reviewed analysis was conducted using the GREET Model—Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation—according to the Illinois Corn Growers Association. As part of the analysis, carbon emissions related to the planting, growing, harvesting, transportation and production of corn into ethanol were compared to that of oil recovery and production.