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Over the last couple of decades fossil fuels are being replaces by renewable energy sources One of these renewable energy sources is ethanol Ethanol is also known as ethyl alcohol or grain alcohol a clear colorless liquid It can be created through the fermentation of starch or sugars mainly grain crops such as corn sugar cane and wheat which are all renewable sources US Department of Energy 2011 Some think that ethanol uses more energy than it produces and that there will be a shortage of corn causing the cost of food crops to skyrocket Others think that ethanol will improve our agriculture economy and our environment By increasing energy stability creating more jobs reducing greenhouse gas emissions improving cost-effective production and several more benefits In the end ethanol is an efficient fuel that will provide power to the United States Ethanol is the best fuel for the futureEthanol has numerous advantages that increase its potential as an alternative fuel for the future Ethanol benefits agriculture by the demand for grain crops which increases crop value and will help stabilize crop prices US Department of Energy 2011 This demand is created by the ethanol industry If the market for ethanol did not exist corn stocks would rise and net income to American corn farmers would be reduced by 6 billion over the next five years or about 11 percent Nebraska Ethanol Board 2011 p 81 Farming is huge for ethanol because one acre of corn can produce 300 gallons of ethanol Nebraska Ethanol Board 2011 p81 This is enough to fuel four cars for one year using a 10 percent ethanol blend Nebraska Ethanol Board 2011 p 81 Second ethanol improves the economy because it gives jobs to Americans where ethanol plants are opened It offers more than 40000 jobs creating more than 13 billion in increased household income annually and adding more than 6 billion to the American economy each year
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