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  • American Lung Association Clean Air Choice: News and Information
    as provide sharp reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles Unlike many other green energy options electric vehicles solar nuclear cellulosic biofuels E85 and biodiesel are fuels that are being used by thousands of vehicles right now making an impact today Building a new fuel infrastructure Using these cleaner burning fuels today does not preclude the development of other fuels or technologies On the contrary first generation biofuels can help build an infrastructure of retail stations and vehicles that serve as the foundation for other second generation fuels such as cellulosic ethanol or biodiesel made from algae The American Lung Association of Minnesota has supported the use of E85 and biodiesel because of its proven ability to reduce harmful emissions Every day we all need clean safe air to breathe Exhaust from motor vehicles is a major source of air pollution in this region and we continue in our mission for clean air Even when gasoline prices go down many Minnesotans continue to opt for clean air solutions Organizations such as the Automotive Association of America say that we continue to drive less than we did in the past According to the Minnesota Department of Commerce gasoline sales declined by 3 percent in 2008 compared with 2007 In the Twin Cities Metro Transit bus ridership was up 6 percent Statewide E85 sales increased by nearly 5 percent and prevented an estimated 89 548 tons of lifecycle carbon dioxide emissions and other harmful pollutants from entering our air last year Biodiesel requirement to increase In May the state s biodiesel requirement increases from a 2 percent blend to a 5 percent blend of biodiesel at virtually all diesel outlets That s an important step as a majority of our food raw materials and manufactured products move on diesel fuel Moving away

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  • American Lung Association Clean Air Choice: News and Information
    of total ethanol production and will account for 75 percent by the end of 2009 Cassman added These newer biorefineries have increased energy efficiency and reduced GHG emissions through the use of improved technologies Also many are located near cattle feeding or dairy operations which allows efficient use of the co product distillers grains as cattle feed For example the distillers grains don t have to be dried to facilitate long distance travel drying uses up to 30 percent of total energy use in the ethanol plant Also contributing to corn ethanol s GHG performance are improvements in how the crop is grown including improved crop and soil management and better hybrids that help farmers achieve a steady increase in corn yields without having to increase fertilizer or energy inputs The result of these improvements The ethanol industry currently is producing a fuel that is 48 to 59 percent lower in direct effect lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline That s two to three times the reduction reported in earlier studies that did not take into account recent advances in corn ethanol production The net energy ratio which averaged 1 2 to 1 in earlier studies is 1 5 1 8 to 1 in the recent research Cassman said That means that for every unit of energy it takes to make ethanol 1 5 to 1 8 units of energy are produced as ethanol Even more striking is the corn ethanol s potential to replace oil This new study estimates that 10 19 gallons of ethanol are produced for every gallon of petroleum used in the entire corn ethanol production life cycle The range in the ethanol oil replacement value as well as the ranges measured for net energy efficiency and GHG emissions reduction are due to differences in crop

    Original URL path: http://www.cleanairchoice.org/newsarticle.cfm?ArticleID=46 (2016-04-29)
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  • American Lung Association Clean Air Choice: News and Information
    first 25 eligible stations to submit an application will be featured on the Department of Transportation s blue Gas signage located nearest their local highway exits at no cost for one year The program is part of a larger initiative targeting consumers who drive E85 compatible flex fuel vehicles FFVs both locally and while traveling across the state E85 is recognized by the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest and Wisconsin as a Clean Air Choice for its role in reducing emissions Wisconsin s blue highway signs are a blessing to travelers in search of Gas Food or Lodging but aren t available to every gas station in the state Officially called Specific Information Signs only stations located within five miles of the freeway exit open 16 hours daily 12 for conventional highways and equipped with rest rooms drinking water and a telephone are eligible for placement on the DOT signs The grant covers one year of the annual rental fee plus the initial cost to post the graphic depicting the station s logo on the sign a value of up to 530 Stations in Milwaukee County are excluded from the service The blue highway signs are a great

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  • American Lung Association Clean Air Choice: News and Information
    its beginning in 2005 said Art Bunting president of ICGA of Dwight We are lucky to have such a diligent team of individuals working beside us as we educate consumers on the benefits of bio fuels such as E85 that help reduce harmful pollutants in the air The ALAIL is involved in a variety of programs through which they promote the benefits of cleaner burning fuels and new technology to

    Original URL path: http://www.cleanairchoice.org/newsarticle.cfm?ArticleID=44 (2016-04-29)
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  • American Lung Association Clean Air Choice: News and Information
    in Inwood will reduce the price of E85 by 10 cents per gallon from 10 a m until 2 p m on Saturday November 15 The station will also celebrate its new E85 pump with a lunchtime pig roast E85 is a cleaner burning fuel designed to be used in flexible fuel vehicles To see if your vehicle can use E85 visit www CleanAirChoice org The Iowa Clean Air Choice

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  • American Lung Association Clean Air Choice: News and Information
    during the same period in 2007 In the first nine months of 2008 529 000 gallons of E85 were used to fuel the state s roughly 1 700 flexible fuel vehicles Last year at this point only 295 000 gallons of the locally produced largely renewable fuel had been used We have increased our E85 use to approximately 12 percent of our total fuel purchases said Tim Morse Chair of the SmartFleet Committee and director of Fleet and Surplus Services Minnesota Department of Administration That s very good progress toward our goal but with E85 available at more than 360 locations statewide we can do even better The report was hailed by the American Lung Association of Minnesota which supports the use of E85 A flexible fuel vehicle running on E85 instead of gasoline produces significantly less tailpipe emissions than the same vehicle using gasoline said Kelly Marczak director of the American Lung Association of Minnesota s clean fuels program To date the state fleet s use of E85 in 2008 has prevented more than 2100 tons of lifecycle carbon dioxide emissions and other harmful pollutants from entering our air simply by using E85 instead of gasoline There are an

    Original URL path: http://www.cleanairchoice.org/newsarticle.cfm?ArticleID=42 (2016-04-29)
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  • American Lung Association Clean Air Choice: News and Information
    see E85 stations grow so rapidly within the past year noted Executive Director of the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition Phil Lampert From providing technical support on site through our internet materials or over the phone the NEVC has in one way or another been involved with the establishment of every one of these facilities From the humble total of 50 E85 stations in 2001 we believe that E85 represents the only significant growth opportunity in the field of liquid fuels Currently the states with the highest number of E85 sites are Minnesota with 357 Illinois with 188 and Missouri with 112 Unfortunately seven states do not offer E85 including Maine New Hampshire Vermont Rhode Island New Jersey Alaska and Hawaii Lampert added Fuel retailers have many incentives to add this clean renewable product to their facilities The spike in E85 fueling facilities is a direct reflection of the Federal income tax credit that the NEVC and our partners worked hard to implement in 2005 Additionally the provisions of the Energy Independence and Security Act EISA of 2007 that allowed franchise operators to install E85 fueling sites are two of the most significant Federal actions that have been implemented to address

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  • American Lung Association Clean Air Choice: News and Information
    variety of standard lung function tests in 241 healthy full term infants at 5 weeks of age They also measured mother s exposure to particulate air pollution and how far they had to travel on major roads during pregnancy Particulate air pollution includes tiny particles such as soot ash dust and acid droplets Some particulate matter is naturally produced but much of it comes from sources such as smokestacks or

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