What Are Some Benefits of Biofuels?


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Some benefits of biofuels include reduced carbon emissions, improved economic stability and sustainable energy production. Biofuels also pose little threat to the environment in case of spillage and are more efficient at fueling vehicles than fossil fuels.

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B100, the pure form of biodiesel, reduces carbon emissions by around 75 percent and has no sulphur emissions. Even when blended with petroleum diesel to form B20, biodiesel reduces carbon emissions by around 15 percent. Additionally, the life cycle of biofuels is self-sustaining since plants absorb the carbon dioxide emitted during the consumption of these fuels and the energy sources of biofuels are renewable.

Biofuels improve the balance of trade of the United States' economy, as they are produced locally and save importation dollars. Furthermore, a growing biofuels industry creates employment. The economy could also be shielded from changing oil prices in the global market.

Biofuels reduce environmental pollution. Biodiesel, for instance, is classified as non-toxic by the Environmental Protection Agency. Further, it has a higher ignition point, at 350 degrees Fahrenheit compared to 43 degrees Fahrenheit for gasoline, posing less danger in case of spillage.

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