Ethanol and Liquid Fuels Key to Cutting Carbon Now
If one thing is clear right now, it’s that a majority of people believe electric vehicles are going to soon take over and solve the emission and carbon crisis facing the world. This became increasingly clear when California’s Governor recently signed an executive order that all new passenger vehicles must be zero-emission by 2035, essentially phasing out the internal combustion engine, gasoline and ethanol.
While electric vehicles are a valuable tool for reducing emissions, there is no easy or quick way to replace the more than 250 million cars on the road today just in the United States. Transitioning to electric will be long and expensive. And while it’s a key part of future transportation, ethanol is too. In fact, ethanol and gasoline together can make an immediate difference at reducing carbon emissions, benefitting cars on the road today and utilizing the infrastructure already in place. This is why the Urban Air Initiative believes that we need to work with all liquid fuels stakeholders to ensure liquid fuels are not dismissed as part of the solution. Our recent 95 Ron webinar was part of this effort.
In addition, for the last year, UAI has been a part of a coalition following what’s happening at the state level when it comes to the electric vehicle infrastructure. UAI is the only ethanol interest involved in this group along with several other liquid fuel transportation stakeholders. The information allows the stakeholders to stay informed and get involved when it is warranted. This group recognizes that liquid fuels are a key part of the future and have laid the foundation on the value of working together.
The headlines are going to continue to favor electric until the liquid fuels industry provides a different story angle, that internal combustion engines are not going away anytime soon and a low carbon, high octane fuel is a solution we don’t have to wait for.