A recent Department of Energy (DOE) study on employment in the U.S. shows that the ethanol industry employs a significantly larger share of military veterans than any other segment of the energy industry.
We’ve always loved the ethanol industry because it’s clean energy, another market for our corn, and is grown, processed, and used right here in the U.S. eliminating the need to fight wars over foreign oil. But this patriotic twist on the industry is just one more reason to gloat.
The study showed that nearly one in five ethanol industry employees is a veteran (18.9%), compared to a national average of 7% across all sectors of the workforce.
Per 100 workers, the ethanol industry employs twice as many veterans as the oil and gas sector and nearly four times as many veterans as the coal and nuclear power generation sectors. Other renewable energy sectors, including advanced biofuels, wind and solar, also employ a relatively large share of military veterans. Across all energy segments, veterans comprise 9% of the U.S. energy sector’s workforce, slightly above the national average.
If an industry that gives back to its country is an important moral guideline to you, then you’ll want to choose to fill up on ethanol. Ten percent of your fuel is already ethanol, but fifteen percent blends have been approved for cars model years 2001 and newer. Fifteen percent blends are available in various areas of the U.S., expanding every day.
An 85 percent blend of ethanol is also available all over the country for flex fuel vehicles with a yellow gas cap. For ethanol availability at the pump near you (which, is also cheaper for higher octane!), click here.
Read Rachel Gantz’s article about the DOE study here.
ICGA/ICMB Marketing Director