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Running Head:  Ethanol, is it the right answer? 1 Ethanol, is it the right answer? Andrew McCleskey Grantham University GS104 Introduction to Environmental Science March 15, 2011
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Ethanol, is it the right answer? 2 What is Ethanol? Ethanol is a volatile, flammable, colorless liquid. It is a powerful psychoactive drug and one of the oldest recreational drugs. Best known as the type of alcohol found in alcoholic beverages, it is also used in thermometers, as a solvent, and as an alcohol fuel. In common usage, it is often referred to simply as alcohol or spirits. Ethanol can be an alternative to fossil fuels to power our vehicle and machinery we use on a daily basis. One of the major pros for using ethanol for transportation fuel is that it is a renewable resource. We will never run out of ethanol. Ethanol has unlimited benefits, which includes its ability to be renewed and its simple production process including plants. It also provides high octane at a low cost as an alternative to harmful fuel additives, and it also doesn’t increase greenhouse effect. Ethanol blends radically and reduces production of hydrocarbons, a major contributor to the depletion of the ozone layer. (OneStopMotors, 2007) Brazil is one of the largest consumers of ethanol fuel. Brazilians have already seen the
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