To the Editor:
Ethanol emits 301.1 grams of carbon dioxide per vehicle mile traveled, and gasoline emits 272.4 grams of carbon dioxide per vehicle mile traveled.
Ethanol emits more carbon dioxide into the air than gasoline. Eliminating ethanol would substantially reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Ethanol contains less energy per gallon than gasoline and gets much less mileage than gasoline. By eliminating ethanol, American drivers would receive an estimated 180 billion free miles annually.
There are no disadvantages in eliminating ethanol. Corn is best used for food. There is much harm in continuing ethanol production, which leveled off in 2011 at 6 percent of total oil demand and can never improve.
Continuing ethanol production with its Renewable Fuel Standard causes (1) Americans to give foreigners over $137 billion for nearly 3 billion barrels of foreign oil imports in 2017, (2) car makers to continue building lighter cars that are more deadly in wrecks, (3) a decrease in U.S. oil production, (4) an increase in foreign oil imports, and (5) increasing danger to national security.
Help jobs and the economy by shifting $11 billion a month from foreigners to Americans. Help national security by lowering our current 47 percent dependence on foreign oil imports.