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PolitiFact Florida: Rep. Matt Gaetz cites dissident research to fight ethanol mandate



Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, argues corn-based fuel takes more energy to make than it generates. It's part of his argument to repeal Florida's ethanol mandate.

"A Cornell University research study concludes that ethanol generates a 29 percent energy loss, meaning it takes more than a gallon of gasoline to produce a gallon of ethanol," he wrote in a Pensacola News Journal op-ed.

We were curious: Has an Ivy League researcher found ethanol to be an energy loser?

We were especially curious because the U.S. Department of Energy says the majority of such studies about ethanol's "net energy balance," especially more recent ones, show the opposite. So, of course, does the renewable fuels industry. 

PolitiFact Florida checked out whether Gaetz accurately cited the study.

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 11:58am]


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