Ethanol's carbon footprint tag unfair – US automaker GM

24 February 2009 19:40  [Source: ICIS news]

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (ICIS news)--Claims that ethanol pollutes just as much as regular gasoline were unfair and a "clear benefit" from the corn-based biofuel existed, a representative of US vehicle maker General Motors (GM) said on Tuesday.

"It is not appropriate to treat ethanol as gasoline," said Mark Maher, executive director of GM's powertrain engineering department.

Emissions were likely to be even lower with second-generation ethanol, Maher told the National Ethanol Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

The debate over ethanol’s carbon footprint is likely to intensify in coming months as the US begins to consider new legislation to address climate change.

Jim Ford, vice president of the American Petroleum Institute (API), said the oil industry was also keeping a close eye on developments in Washington.

"We are in this together," Ford told the conference. "What affects you will also affect us."

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