Explore the past, present, and future of ethanol fuel in: Sustainable Ethanol (ISBN: 978-0-9786293-0-4). Check out reviews at the New Great Books site and drivingethanol.org. Order your copy through online vendors such as:

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“…my very sincere congratulations and admiration. Your book is a very useful and insightful overview of a complex and promising new technology.” —Bill Kovarik, Ph.D., Radford University School of Communication. Coauthor, The Forbidden Fuel: Power Alcohol in the Twentieth Century

Setting the Record Straight about Ethanol

December 2007 — In their new book, Sustainable Ethanol, the Goettemoeller brothers clear up some misconceptions about today’s fuel ethanol industry.

Myth #1:
“Ethanol always gets worse fuel economy compared to gasoline.”
Find out about new technologies that could eliminate the ethanol fuel economy deficit in Flex-Fuel vehicles and discover why E10 (10% ethanol) actually boosts miles per gallon in some cars!

Myth #2:
“It takes more fossil energy to make a gallon of ethanol than we can replace by using that gallon.”
Find out why ethanol’s fossil energy replacement ratio is actually positive, improving rapidly, and why other metrics such as petroleum replacement ratio give a better picture of ethanol’s benefit to society.

Myth #3:
“Increasing ethanol production is making world hunger worse.”
The opposite may be true in some developing countries where farmers are better able to make a living with higher grain prices. Also, perennial crops could help restore worn-out soils while providing the raw material for cellulosic ethanol.

Myth #4:
“Ethanol can’t be shipped by pipeline.”
The obstacles to shipping ethanol by pipeline can be overcome. Find out about successful Brazilian ethanol pipelines, U.S. tests involving ethanol transport in an existing multi-product pipeline, and the possibility of dedicated ethanol pipelines in the U.S.

Myth #5:
“We can’t make enough ethanol to make a real difference.”
It will take many different technologies working together to replace imported oil. Find out why ethanol and other biofuels have the potential to make a significant difference as we move beyond corn kernels to more plentiful cellulosic energy crops and waste materials as feedstocks.

Sustainable Ethanol is available from www.ethanolbook.com, www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com, or contact Prairie Oak Publishing: prairieoakpub@gmail.com.


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Is Ethanol Good for America?

November 2007 — The age of cheap oil is over and we must find alternatives. Our energy security is at risk. Can fuel ethanol reduce our dependence on oil? A new book, Sustainable Ethanol, considers this question by exploring the past, present, and future of ethanol as a fuel.

Ethanol is a domestically produced alternative to gasoline, but is it truly renewable? Skeptics worry about the fossil fuels and corn kernels used for ethanol production. But farmers and ethanol producers are becoming more efficient and less reliant on fossil fuels. Cellulosic ethanol will accelerate this trend. At the same time, automakers are designing a new generation of hybrid and flex-fuel vehicles that will take full advantage of ethanol’s high octane for better fuel economy.

Sustainable Ethanol is about the technological advances making ethanol better for our environment and economy. It will help the reader make sense of the energy problem and the role ethanol can play in our transportation system.

Jeffrey Goettemoeller, author of Stevia Sweet Recipes: Sugar-Free—Naturally, received his degree in horticulture from Northwest Missouri State University, followed by seminary studies. Adrian Goettemoeller is a geologist and environmental scientist with degrees from Northwest Missouri State and the University of Iowa. The Goettemoeller brothers, with backgrounds in environmental remediation, philosophy, theology, and sustainable agriculture, have always been passionate about the natural world and how society might best sustain the good life over the long term. Residing in Missouri’s corn-belt, they lived through the farm crisis of the 1980’s and the birth of a thriving ethanol industry.

Sustainable Ethanol is available from Amazon.com or contact Prairie Oak Publishing: 660-528-0768 or prairieoakpub@gmail.com.


Sustainable Ethanol: Biofuels, Biorefineries, Cellulosic Biomass, Flex-Fuel Vehicles, and Sustainable Farming for Energy Independence by Jeffrey Goettemoeller and Adrian Goettemoeller. 2007, Original Edition, 6 x 9, 196 pages. ISBN 978-0-9786293-0-4. $17.00.

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Publication Information for Sustainable Ethanol

Authors: Jeffrey Goettemoeller & Adrian Goettemoeller
Publisher: Prairie Oak Publishing
Edition: 1st
ISBN: 978-0-9786293-0-4
LCCN: 2007929388
Pages: 196
Figures: 22
Binding: perfect bound paperback
Dimensions: 6 by 9 inches
Price: $17.00
Publication Date: September 2007
Retail Availability: Amazon.com, Prairie Oak Publishing, barnesandnoble.com, or ask your local book store to order it for you.
Wholesale Availability: Prairie Oak Publishing, Ingram Book Co., Baker & Taylor

Table of Contents

from Sustainable Ethanol: Biofuels, Biorefineries, Cellulosic Biomass, Flex-Fuel Vehicles, and Sustainable Farming for Energy Independence

Front Matter
1. A Brief History of Ethanol Fuel
2. Will Cheap Oil Return?
3. Economic and Security Benefits
4. Environmental Impact
5. E10, E85, and Flex-Fuel Vehicles
6. Improving Fuel Economy on Ethanol
7. Food, Farming, and Land Use
8. Ethanol Production
9. Cellulosic Ethanol
10. Energy Balance: Is Ethanol Renewable?
11. Facing our Energy Future

Ethanol Questions and Answers
Selected Resources/Bibliography



from Sustainable Ethanol

The era of cheap oil is over and America is increasingly dependent on imported energy. In our search for energy security and sustainability, is ethanol a viable option or a dead end? Is it truly renewable? Is it good for the environment? In short, is ethanol good for America? This book goes beyond the headlines in search of answers to America’s ethanol questions.

Most North American automobiles run on gasoline, and this will not change quickly. We need ethanol in the near term because it can be used with gasoline in existing vehicles. Soon, new technologies could improve the fuel economy of ethanol-powered vehicles. Ethanol could also be used in combination with electric motors, fuel cells, turbo-chargers, and hydrogen technology.
Critics of ethanol often implicate current farming methods. Today’s ethanol is mostly made from corn grown in an unsustainable manner, with large amounts of petroleum-derived fertilizers and pesticides. However, a growing number of farmers are transitioning to more sustainable practices. Higher fossil fuel prices will accelerate this trend. Farmers are getting better yields with fewer fossil fuel inputs and less soil erosion. (continued below)

Ethanol producers are using fewer fossil fuel inputs as well. Some are even using renewable “process fuels” in place of natural gas or coal. Before long, they will be making cellulosic ethanol, butanol, and biogas from prairie grasses, crop residues, and various organic waste materials. The way we make and use ethanol can be improved dramatically. We are just scratching the surface of ethanol’s potential. Ethanol is not a perfect fuel. There is no such thing. But ethanol is preferable to imported petroleum, and ethanol production is getting more efficient. This book is about the technologies making ethanol make sense. These technologies and the people behind them are why we believe ethanol is good for America. --from Sustainable Ethanol

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