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About Sugarcane Ethanol

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Sugarcane ethanol is a clean and affordable renewable fuel that could help Americans cut U.S. dependence on Middle East oil, bring economic benefits and improve the environment.


Ethanol is a renewable fuel that has been mixed with gasoline in the U.S. for the past 30 years to help achieve economic, environmental and energy security goals. Ethanol is renewable because, unlike coal or oil,  it is produced from plants. Sources include crops like corn and sugarcane that can be continually harvested and re-grown.

Most gasoline sold today in the U.S. has been blended with up to 10% ethanol to help achieve:

  • Cleaner Air – Ethanol adds oxygen to gasoline fuel therefore reducing air pollution and harmful emissions in tailpipe exhaust. Compared to gasoline, sugarcane ethanol cuts greenhouse gases by at least 60%.
  • Better Performance – Ethanol is a high-octane fuel that helps prevent engine knocking and generates more power in higher compression engines. The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designated sugarcane ethanol as an Advanced Renewable Fuel - an important category of superior biofuels that will make up 21 billion gallons of America's fuel supply by 2020.
  • Reduced Oil Consumption – Ethanol reduces America’s dependence on fossil fuels and Middle East oil. Sugarcane ethanol is one more good option for diversifying energy supplies and improving U.S. energy security, so Americans are not reliant on any one source or country.

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