In the United States, gasohol refers to nonleaded gasoline that contains 10 percent ethanol. The principal advantages of alcohol fuels, ethanol and methanol, are: they will allow marginal agricultural lands to be brought into production. One of the major impediments to acceptance of alcohol fuel has been economics; but with crude oil prices increasing constantly, it has suddenly become an economically viable alternative to petroleum. Despite its known advantages, the Federal Government has not promoted alcohol fuel research; and energy proposals have only briefly mentioned the alcohol potential. Recommended funding for research into various aspects of alcohol fuels has improved from $5.1 million in 1976 to about $20 million in 1978. The Department of Agriculture, however, has made no positive contribution toward helping the farmers unload their agricultural surplus or to help find alternate use for excess crops. Industry specialists claim that there is a net energy deficit in production of alcohol from vegetable sources and that there is the question or respective costs of producing ethanol and methanol from vegetable matter, cellulose and waste, and from petroleum-derived sources.

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  • Authors:
    • Miskell, J T
  • Publication Date: 1979

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  • Accession Number: 00319414
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Staff Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 15 1981 12:00AM