In a recent post on the Pullins Report, Scott wrote something that I actually agree with: that ethanol plants are good news for Ohioans.

Well, some Ohioans. Specifically, those who grow corn.

Unfortunately, Scott doesn’t seem to understand the difference between Ethanol and Biodiesel, at one point labeling them both “hybrid fuels”. He also has almost all of his facts wrong.

He ends his piece like this:

So to sum up, biodiesel is vastly cheaper for consumers, it is produced here, not in the Middle East, and the vehicles that run it get vastly better gas mileage, with more horsepower. What’s not to like about Ethanol?

My intention here is not to pick on Scott Pullins- ok, well, maybe a little. 😉 But more importantly, I thought I’d correct his facts:

  • Biodiesel is a fuel for diesel engines derived from natural oils like soybean oil while ethanol is an alcohol product produced from corn. Check out treehugger.com’s article on the subject for more information.
  • Biodiesel is not cheaper for consumers. According to the Biodiesel Board: Using a 2% blend of biodiesel is estimated to increase the cost of diesel by 2 or 3
    cents per gallon
  • Most consumers don’t have access to public biodiesel fueling stations. Even truckers wishing to use a biodiesel blend are going to have a tough time unless they have a fleet contract with a distributor.
  • Ethanol does not increase gas mileage. According to fueleconomy.gov: Vehicles running ethanol blends will experience a 25% to 30% DROP in mileage.
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