Clean Fuels for the Midwest

Jeremy Martin

Published Nov 12, 2019 Updated Nov 21, 2019

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Midwestern states produce most of the country’s ethanol and biodiesel, both of which can get cleaner through improved processes at production facilities and more sustainable practices on farms producing biofuel crops. At the same time, the Midwest leads the country in wind power generation, and electricity will play an important role in the future of clean transportation, and electric vehicles are getting cleaner as more renewable power replaces coal on the grid. Increasing the use of cleaner transportation fuels, including low-carbon biofuels and electricity, is a smart way to help address climate change and reduce air pollution while also spending less on oil and providing more support to local economies.

Clean fuels standards steadily expand the market for increasingly cleaner biofuels, including ethanol, biodiesel, renewable diesel, and biomethane. They support the electrification of cars, buses, and trucks. And, they encourage all fuel producers to reduce emissions from producing transportation fuels.



Martin, Jeremy. 2019. Clean Fuels for the Midwest. Cambridge, MA: Union of Concerned Scientists.

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