NPRA’s Slaughter: ‘Biofuels are not the answer’

Biofuels are not the answer to US energy supply problems, said the president of the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association at a management forum in Houston.Ethanol produced from corn is neither an economic nor energy-efficient alternative to gasoline, said Bob Slaughter, NPRA president. “If we were to seek to replace 10% of US gasoline needs with ethanol in 2020, we would have to plant all of Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana, using one sixth of the total land we currently use for crops just to grow corn for ethanol,” he said.NPRA, which represents virtually all US refiners and petrochemical manufacturers, is not opposed to the use of ethanol as an oxygenate additive to g...

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