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Nebraska Ethanol's Carbon Footprint
Cornhusker Economics
  • Richard K. Perrin, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Diego Alvarez, University of Nebraska

Richard K. Perrin

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Published by the Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Copyright 2010 Regents of the University of Nebraska.

If burning a gallon of ethanol emits less greenhouse gas or GHGs (CO2, primarily), than the gasoline it replaces then it has a smaller carbon footprint than gasoline. Actually, it is the amount of fossil CO2 emitted that matters, because CO2 from fossil fuels represents "new" carbon in the atmosphere, whereas the CO2 released by corn ethanol is recycled atmospheric carbon.
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Richard K. Perrin and Diego Alvarez. "Nebraska Ethanol's Carbon Footprint" (2010)
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