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In 2014, approximately six percent of U.S. ethanol production was exported, an amount of 836 million gallons. This goes by rail to our borders and then on to 51 different countries. Included in the ethics of exporting this product is the risk of rail accidents, which have been in the news this year as public awareness of this issue is rising. Other issues, of course, are groundwater contamination and overuse, loss of habitat for monarchs and birds, loss of topsoil, and over pumping of the Ogallala aquifer.
If the product is promoted on the grounds of homegrown fuel for “homeland security”, then, why export it? In exporting it we are only making our nation less secure because of all of the reasons mentioned above.
For more statistics and information about exports of ethanol production from 2014, see: http://ethanolrfa.3cdn.net/5023d829b95acb2b56_him6bq29p.pdf
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