Ethanol saves Americans $29.13 on average Thanksgiving trip

By Renewable Fuels Association | November 21, 2012

Ethanol is helping reduce the cost of the Thanksgiving holiday for the average American family.  More than 39 million Americans will take to the road for their Thanksgiving holiday, traveling an average distance of 588 miles, according to AAA.  That means the average American family traveling by automobile this holiday will save $29.13 on gasoline purchases because of ethanol.

In May, the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development released a  study by economists at the University of Wisconsin and Iowa State University finding that in 2011, ethanol reduced wholesale gasoline prices by $1.09 per gallon nationally. Those savings have a very real impact on the average household budget.  Ethanol reduced the average American household’s spending on gasoline by more than $1,200 last year, based on average gasoline consumption data.  Since 2000, ethanol has helped save $39.8 billion annually in excess gasoline costs—roughly $340 per household per year.

“Thanks to ethanol, hardworking American families will get a break as they drive to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with loved ones.  The average American family will save $29.13 because ethanol helps lower the price of each and every gallon of gasoline.  Ethanol and the renewable fuel standard (RFS) are also helping to reduce this country’s dependence on foreign oil, thus creating a stronger country and a stronger economy.  Ethanol is a product made by Americans for Americans and we are proud that on this most American of holidays that we can offer a solution to sky-high gas prices,” said Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association.

Dinneen continued, “Now, you will hear some squawking from livestock and poultry producers who oppose the RFS and ethanol.  Don’t let their scare tactics ruin your holiday.  The fact is turkey prices are lower this year than the last two years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.    The bottom line is ethanol production has nothing to do with the price of Thanksgiving dinner.  Food costs are driven by energy costs.  Only 14 percent of the food bill goes to raw agricultural ingredients like vegetable oils, dairy products, corn and other grains and commodities.  Meanwhile, 86 percent of your grocery bill pays for energy, processing, packaging, marketing, labor and other costs.  Don’t let Big Food fool you into believing anything different.”

To read more about Thanksgiving turkey prices and real driving forces behind food costs, click here for RFA’s white paper: “This Thanksgiving, Avoid Big Meat’s Baloney”.




7 Responses

  1. Nick



    Funny... Ethanol burns up to 30% LESS efficiently than gas... so if you're blending them, that would mean you get LESS gas mileage. In turn, you would actually have to fill up MORE, completely cancelling out the fact that "it costs less".

  2. Tootoo22



    Up to 30% less. Usually in older FFVs and gasoline engines. I get identical mileage on E10, same or better on E25-30 and about 1-2 mpg less with E85. But since you're such an economics, fuel, and chemistry expert you must know best, nick.

  3. John Martin



    Tootoo22, If you think you are getting identical mileage as gasoline on blends of up to 30% ethanol, you have performed your mileage testing incorrectly. Physics doesn't lie! A knowledgeable, not emotional person.

  4. Tootoo22



    Well, I did averages. I put in the gallons of whatever I felt like using then drove until empty. Took miles/gallons to get the average. E10 was same as E10. E25 was identical to E10. There are several studies about E25. It is the right blend of gasoline and ethanol to get equal or better mileage than E0/E10. E0, E10, E25 i get 18 mpg (96 dodge ram). E85 i get 17. So.. Unless my test was wrong...

  5. Tootoo22



    E10 was the same as E0. **

  6. George Nitta



    Aloha folks, Here in Hawaii I have tested the real E10 and got an average of 3-4 miles better then just gas. You have to check IF what you have there IS really E10 and not ethanol that is KILLED before they put it in the gas. All about money. I used my own mix of E30 in any cars 79 and older with no changes done to the engine and get really great mileage like 5-6 more miles per gallon, but remember on the OPEN road and not in stop and go. I know what the so called experts say but this is what I have found in all of my test. My ethanol is brounght in from Brazil and not from corn but sugar cane. If you check the so called E85 there it will be only E60 and not E85. Check it out before you say that ethanol is no good, it's the best fuel that I have ever run in my cars and trucks.

  7. TooToo22



    Luckily the E85 where I am from is about E70-E75 winter blend and E80-E85 regular blend! But I am in the corn belt.


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