RFA video lays out 40 facts about ethanol

The RFA has packed 40 facts about ethanol into a video that ought to be shared with your Congressional delegation.
By Susanne Retka Schill | March 04, 2013

RFA has a new video, “40 Facts about Ethanol,”  posted to YouTube. The video had nearly hit a thousand views, not bad for being just five days old.

“This video proves once and for all that today’s ethanol is not your father’s ethanol. The ethanol industry has made impressive strides in the last 30 years in production volumes, foreign oil displacement, production efficiencies, co-products, job creation, and cellulose and advanced ethanol market entry,” RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen says in the organization’s news release announcing the video.

The familiar facts are there, plus one that is new to me: ethanol production has grown 3700 percent over the past 30 years. That’s a rather impressive number that also suggests that once cellulosic ethanol gets past its infancy stage, it could, indeed become a much bigger source of renewable fuel.

There’s several facts about ethanol and imported oil, about ethanol’s improvement in energy and water use, about distillers grains and more. Indeed, if you knew nothing about ethanol, the 40 facts would be a bit overwhelming. Every once in a while, I found myself admiring the graphical animation more than focusing on the fact. At 4:40, the video is short enough to be watched again, though.

The RFA offers a link to the sources for each of the facts, which adds to their credibility.  A quick scan shows the big majority of sources for the information are the EIA, USDA, DOE and university researchers. A handful of statements have no sources and just a handful are from RFA-funded work.

Send the link to your Congressional delegation, and don’t forget to include the link to the source list. In this environment where so much information about ethanol is biased, showing solid sources is important.