Ethanol vs. Petroleum
Should ethanol replace oil as the primary fuel source for the
US? Ethanol burns much cleaner than oil based fuels, and gives off
relatively low amounts of harmful emissions. It is a renewable energy
source, as it is producted primarily from agricultural sources.
On the other hand, ethanol is much more expensive to produce, and has
been know to cause motor damage in older vehicles. Is ethanol worth all
of the extra expense and problems, or should the US continue to use oil
as its primary fuel? Should the federal government encourage and
subsidize the use of ethanol as a fuel?