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  • American Lung Association Clean Air Choice: News and Information
    ethanol with just 15 percent gasoline is made in part from ethanol produced in Wisconsin It can reduce ozone forming pollutants lower greenhouse gas emissions and help to improve the air we breathe Jolene McNutt coordinator of the clean fuel and vehicle technologies program for the American Lung Association in Wisconsin says there are nearly 200 000 flex fuel vehicles on Wisconsin s roads right now and E85 is a great fuel choice for those cars and trucks E85 is available right now They can go out and purchase it at over 135 retailers throughout Wisconsin and it s a great choice for helping reduce dependency on foreign oil McNutt says that unlike many other green energy options of the future E85 is making an impact today It is produced from renewable feedstocks grown close to home like corn and other grain products Wisconsin has no oil wells but does produce plenty of the raw materials used to make E85 and other biofuels There are many advantages for drivers of flex fuel vehicles who select biofuels like E85 McNutt says there are obvious environmental benefits and there are economic advantages as well E85 use supports local communities it provides jobs

    Original URL path: http://www.cleanairchoice.org/newsarticle.cfm?ArticleID=56 (2016-04-29)
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  • American Lung Association Clean Air Choice: News and Information
    running on E85 ethanol with more than 4 million vehicles on the road today Like ethanol biodiesel is a domestically produced renewable fuel made primarily of plant matter mostly soybean oil In pure form biodiesel lowers carbon dioxide emissions The 2007 federal energy bill mandates increased biodiesel production and more states and municipalities are requiring it said Robinson Biodiesel production is growing and GM is excited and ready to satisfy demand with our new B20 capable Duramax 6 6L engine Estimates by National Biodiesel Board indicate about 700 million gallons of the fuel were produced in 2008 up from about 500 000 gallons in 1999 Market fluctuations caused production to decrease in 2009 but it is expected to rise with more mandates and the availability of approved vehicles such as the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra heavy duty trucks Validated and approved fuel Extensive testing and validation was performed on the Duramax 6 6L using B20 that meets ASTM International s standard D7467 which covers biodiesel blends between B6 and B20 True biodiesel is created through transesterfication and that s what the Duramax 6 6L is designed to use said Coleman Jones GM biofuels implementation manager Strict testing and validation was performed to ensure the new engine is B20 capable however approved biodiesel is the only way to guarantee engine performance and longevity The Duramax diesel is covered by GM s five year 100 000 mile powertrain warranty To make the Duramax 6 6L and its fuel system compatible with B20 GM upgraded some seals and gasket materials to withstand the ester content of biodiesel and included an upgraded fuel filter that includes a coalescing element It improves the separation of water that may be present in the fuel because biodiesel can attract and absorb water Also additional heating

    Original URL path: http://www.cleanairchoice.org/newsarticle.cfm?ArticleID=55 (2016-04-29)
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  • American Lung Association Clean Air Choice: News and Information
    were paid for in part with a 99 000 grant of of federal stimulus money awarded to the American Lung Association In October 2009 the American Lung Association awarded FWCS and Cummins Crosspoint 99 000 to install Cummins Diesel Oxidation Catalysts on 90 FWCS buses in an effort to reduce emissions Each day a fleet of 300 buses takes more than 21 000 FWCS students to and from school The cleaner exhaust system is estimated to benefit about 2 100 students who suffer from asthma Cleaner air benefits everyone but it is especially important for our students with breathing issues such as those with asthma and other medically fragile children said Mary Hess health services specialists Every step we can take to reduce pollutants in the air is a positive step FWCS said the objective of the grant from the ALA was to prevent the emission of nitrogen oxides fine particles soot and toxins that are emitted in diesel exhaust Nitrogen oxides are precursors of ozone and when breathed can lodge deep in the lungs FWCS said it wants to make sure pollution from diesel vehicles is reduced to prevent health complications for everyone especially children The more buses that

    Original URL path: http://www.cleanairchoice.org/newsarticle.cfm?ArticleID=54 (2016-04-29)
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  • American Lung Association Clean Air Choice: News and Information
    to fame the station is thought to be the northernmost of the more than 2 000 E85 retailers in the United States the southernmost is in Miami Blender pumps can offer gasoline blended with varying amounts of cleaner burning ethanol from the 10 percent E10 blend all vehicles can use to higher blends E20 E30 E50 and E85 that can be used only by flex fuel vehicles The Farmers Union Oil is celebrating its new fuel options with Christmas Tree discounts beginning Wednesday December 9th and culminating with Full Service Friday on December 12 Motorists who buy eight gallons or more of the following fuels receive discounts off the price of the live Christmas trees sold at the station E85 8 50 discount E50 5 discount E30 3 discount E20 2 discount and E10 1 discount Using E85 instead of gasoline in a flex fuel vehicle can reduce as much as four tons of lifecycle greenhouse gases and other air pollutants annually according to the American Lung Association in Minnesota which administers a state program to help offset the costs of adding blender E85 or biodiesel pumps at retail fuel stations The Environmental Protection Agency yesterday declared greenhouse gases a

    Original URL path: http://www.cleanairchoice.org/newsarticle.cfm?ArticleID=53 (2016-04-29)
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  • American Lung Association Clean Air Choice: News and Information
    illuminate the U S Capitol lawn is greener than ever this year thanks to help from the National Biodiesel Foundation and others The tree made its way from its home in Arizona to Washington D C powered by cleaner burning biodiesel Working with the State of Arizona Southwest Industrial Rigging and the Tucson Regional Clean Cities Coalition and generous sponsors NBF helped the tree s host state make real their dream of a cleaner trip for the Christmas tree The route was specially tailored to allow for easy refueling with biodiesel blends and public education along the way about the benefits of biodiesel This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase how biodiesel is a green sustainable part of the solution to meeting America s energy needs said National Biodiesel Foundation Executive Director Tom Verry The tree was cut from the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest who led the overall Christmas tree program this year with support from many partners and sponsors The official lighting ceremony will take place December 8 and the public can view the tree on the West Front of the Capitol grounds through January 1 2010 This is the first time Arizona has contributed the Capitol Christmas Tree

    Original URL path: http://www.cleanairchoice.org/newsarticle.cfm?ArticleID=52 (2016-04-29)
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  • American Lung Association Clean Air Choice: News and Information
    a 1 billion project to protect the environment and create more power at three urban plants The main features of the remodel are two huge generators burning natural gas We ve got two of these systems going on explained Xcel president Judy Proferl Then we pump the steam over to the old part of the building And in kind of the ultimate of recycling projects we kept the old steam generator over there and make electricity on that second cycle So in effect you get two bites of apple said Shelby Absolutely agreed Proferl It s tremendously more efficient than either just burning gas for electricity or burning coal for electricity You re capturing the waste and making it into more power The results have proven better for the environment than expected The plant has reduced sulfur dioxide nitrogen oxide mercury and particulates all by nearly 100 percent according to Proferl Carbon has been reduced by 40 percent And at the same time we ve increased the power output of this plant by 80 megawatts which is enough to power about 10 000 homes added Proferl The plant s reduction in carbon dioxide is according to Proferl the equivalent of taking 600 000 cars off the road Original projections predicted payers would face about 3 50 extra per month though that s been reduced Customers are now looking at about 2 73 extra That will continue to come down as parts of the plant depreciate said Proferl The 2 73 was really the high water mark on the rate change Perhaps the best part of the change will be seen in the neighborhood around the Riverside plant which will receive no further noisy trains delivering coal and no more dirty dust You could call it a token of appreciation for

    Original URL path: http://www.cleanairchoice.org/newsarticle.cfm?ArticleID=50 (2016-04-29)
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  • American Lung Association Clean Air Choice: News and Information
    R SD are all co sponsoring the Open Fuel Standards Act introduced this week in the Senate A similar bill was introduced in the House last month Versions of the Open Fuel Standard Act introduced in the 110th Congress drew substantial bipartisan support The Open Fuel Standards Act is an important step toward making our nation energy independent said Sen Brownback in introducing the legislation Giving drivers more choices at

    Original URL path: http://www.cleanairchoice.org/newsarticle.cfm?ArticleID=49 (2016-04-29)
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  • American Lung Association Clean Air Choice: News and Information
    based on historical data without taking into account learning experiences and the potential gains that can be expected as industries develop The GHG emissions reductions in 2015 from corn ethanol would qualify as advanced biofuels under proposed US regulations The paper found that GHG reductions have grown from approximately 26 in 1995 to over 39 today while projected GHG reductions from ethanol will reach nearly 55 in 2015 with the advent of new technology process efficiencies and improved yields Global Renewable Fuels Alliance spokesperson Bliss Baker welcomed this international research effort as further evidence of the importance of renewable fuels like ethanol in meeting global energy and environmental challenges The report clearly illustrates the ever improving environmental performance of ethanol compared to gasoline Baker said This report demonstrates that governments must develop energy policies that take into account the increasing efficiency of global ethanol production and do not rely on out of date data and out dated straw man arguments The research also found ethanol s energy balance continues to improve as well For 2005 grain ethanol s energy balance ratio was estimated at 1 1 42 meaning every unit of energy used to produce ethanol returned 1 42 units of usable energy to the consumer By 2015 the energy balance ratio is expected to be 1 1 93 a 55 increase in energy efficiency in just 10 years Both the GHG performance and energy balance of ethanol will continue to improve standing in stark contrast to the profile of gasoline and petroleum which will get worse The rapid development of new technologies will make existing ethanol production as well as next generation biofuels increasingly beneficial to global energy and environmental goals Baker said The bottom line is simple renewable fuels like ethanol are a simple and effective alternative to

    Original URL path: http://www.cleanairchoice.org/newsarticle.cfm?ArticleID=48 (2016-04-29)
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