If you live in Minnesota, you're fortunate to be part of one of the most progressive clean fuel programs in the country. The program began in the early 1990's in the Twin Cities metro area, and eventually expanded into a statewide policy.
Minnesota legislation now ensures that the vast majority of gasoline sold in the state contains an oxygenate, to provide for cleaner air. As the name implies, oxygenates adds oxygen to gasoline, which allows the mixture to burn more completely, thus reducing harmful tailpipe emissions and improving engine performance.
In Minnesota, the oxygenate most often used is ethanol. Oxygenates are blended with gasoline to reduce the amount of harmful carbon monoxide that is discharged from internal combustion engines, like automobiles, lawn mowers, snowmobiles and boat motors. The result of adding an oxygenate (ethanol) is cleaner air for all Minnesotans.
What is ethanol?
Ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol or grain alcohol) is a clear, colorless liquid made by fermenting and distilling material, usually some sort of plant. In the United States, corn is the most common product used to make ethanol. One bushel of corn produces 2.8 gallons of ethanol and 18 pounds of distillers’ grain, a high-protein livestock feed for our food supply. As a clean-burning and renewable fuel that is non-toxic and 100 percent biodegradable, ethanol reduces harmful air pollution and improves engine performance.
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