It’s that time of year again. Summer is quickly approaching and gasoline prices are once again climbing. Although gas prices are lower starting off this summer’s driving season compared to last year’s, gas prices have been on the rise. Thankfully, there is a solution to help lessen the burden on drivers’ pocket books, and that solution is American Ethanol.
The rise of gas prices in the busy summer months can
have a big impact on consumers’ summer plans. The U.S. Energy Information
Administration’s (EIA) projection for the April-through-September summer driving
season year is on average $2.45/gallon. However, AAA, has the current national
average at $2.73, which is the highest price for gasoline since December.
American Ethanol-blended fuel lowers gas prices and saves the average American
household over $1,000 on their gas bill annually.
“As Nebraskans gear up for their summer travel and recreational plans, the
choice to use American Ethanol at the pump is the easy one,” said Kim Clark,
Director of Biofuels Development at the Nebraska Corn Board. “American
Ethanol-blended fuels provide a wealth of benefits for consumers. It is
cost-effective, American-made, renewable, and better for our environment and
Compared with oil, American Ethanol-blended fuel burns cleaner and improves
air quality. When drivers use American Ethanol, they’re improving air quality
and reducing the causes of asthma, heart disease, and lung cancer not only for
themselves but also their children and grandchildren. American Ethanol lowers
the level of toxic, cancer-causing emissions in vehicle exhaust—reducing air
pollution, improving human health, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
American Ethanol also gives Nebraskans a choice when they go to fill up with
gas. Those choices aren’t limited to the lower price of their gas bill, but also
the chance to choose a domestic, clean-burning fuel that fuels our state’s
economy as well. Drivers with a flex fuel vehicle (FFV) have the choice to use
any American Ethanol fuel blend up to 85 percent ethanol (E85)—a blend of 85
percent American Ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. The EPA has also approved that
non-flex fuel vehicle owners with automobiles manufactured in model year 2001
and newer, can use E15. Additionally, small engine owners can successfully use
American Ethanol-blended fuels up to 10 percent (E10) for their marine
watercraft and small engines, such as lawn mowers.
“Consumers and professional drivers alike can appreciate the power and
performance that American Ethanol-blended fuels offer while also recognizing the
money saving benefits the fuel provides,” said Jon Holzfaster, a farmer from
Paxton, Nebraska, Director on the Nebraska Corn Board and chairman of National
Corn Growers Association’s NASCAR Advisory Committee. “NASCAR has proven the
power and durability of American Ethanol and as consumers you can witness the
health and cost savings.”