I thought ethanol was the clean fuel

To the editor:

I attended recently on Oct. 13, at the Heartland Museum in Clarion, the public informational meeting of Summit’s Carbon Solutions LLC, on the proposed carbon dioxide pipeline that plans to tap into the ethanol plants in the Midwest and capture initially half of the CO2 emissions of the ethanol plants.

With only half of the CO2 emissions captured, there is still a lot of CO2 being emitted at the ethanol plants. New information I learned was ethanol production is not as clean as I previously believed.

Summit pointed out that 31 ethanol plants in the Midwest emit 12 million tons of carbon each year which is equivalent of emissions of 2.6 million cars.

Each separate plant emits 387,096 tons of CO2, the carbon dioxide of 83,870 cars.

Just down the road west of Clarion is the Goldfield ethanol plant which emits this amount. It is emitting more CO2 than 230 cars driving by Goldfield each day, seven days a week. One can check this information from the video on the Summit website: www.SummitCarbonSolutions.com. (use capital letters as shown in the address or it may not connect). As a former high school teacher of environmental science, I presented ethanol as a clean fuel. It is not as clean as I was lead to believe.

Bruce Voigts



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