On Thursday, May 19, Governor Pete Ricketts highlighted Renewable Fuels Month in Nebraska and the importance of biofuels to Nebraska by kicking off a unique ethanol promotion at Sapp Brothers in Omaha. The Governor previously designated May as Renewable Fuels Month in Nebraska by signing a proclamation.
“With renewable fuels, we’re not only adding value to the crops we grow, but also expanding America’s domestic fuel supply while creating quality jobs all across our state,” Governor Ricketts said. “Renewable fuels have a positive influence on our economic landscape in Nebraska. By filling up with biofuels, you support Nebraska’s farm families and generate as much as $3 million in tax revenue for our rural communities.”
Nebraska’s economic prosperity is closely tied to agriculture, the state’s number one industry. Nebraska ranks second national for ethanol production, which consumed 43 percent of the state’s corn crop in 2014 according to the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.
Both American Ethanol and soy biodiesel are clean-burning, renewable fuels made from homegrown Nebraska commodities. These fuels and co-products greatly contribute to Nebraska’s economic vitality and make an impact across the entire country. More than 1,500 people in rural Nebraska and more than 850,000 people nationwide are employed in the renewable fuels industry, according to a 2014 economic impact study released by Fuels America.
In addition to financial benefits, biodiesel and American Ethanol also provide many environmental and consumer benefits. According to the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest, some 70 percent of harmful air pollution is attributable to mobile sources such as passenger vehicles, trucks, buses, and construction equipment. Biodiesel reduces hydrocarbon emissions by 67 percent. Similarly, American Ethanol is a non-toxic, clean-burning fuel that dramatically reduces the level of toxics added to gasoline, including proven and suspected carcinogens such as benzene, toluene, and xylene.
"When it comes to air quality, renewable biofuels such as American Ethanol and biodiesel burn cleaner and help make our air healthier,” Governor Ricketts noted. “Renewable Fuels Month is a great way to bring awareness to the wide range of benefits biofuels provide. Nebraska-produced biofuels are cost-effective, American-made, renewable, and better for our environment.”
In recognition of Renewable Fuels Month, Nebraska’s corn and soybean farmers announced they would give drivers in the Omaha metro cause to celebrate. Renewable biofuels were offered at a steep discount from 4-7 p.m. at Sapp Bros. located at I-80 Exit 440 in Nebraska.
More photos of Renewable Fuels Month celebrations can be found here.