Center for Advanced BioEnergy Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Friday, September 16, 2011

Ethanol Elicits Mixed Emotions

Biofuels Journal

According to a new study by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers, people have mixed emotions about ethanol.

Wisconsinites support the use of ethanol blends if it keeps dollars and jobs in the US, and if it reduces air pollution.

But two-thirds of those surveyed stop supporting ethanol if they were told the fuel could harm their engine or reduce gas mileage.

"Understandably, this poll indicates mixed attitudes toward the pros and cons of ethanol," says Bret Shaw, assistant professor of life sciences communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and environmental communication specialist for UW-Extension.

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