Ethanol byproducts are placed back in the food chain...feed. They are called DDG’s or Distillers Dry Goods. Only the starch is used to create ethanol. The protein remains. Ergo the food(protein) is not burned.
Not a perfect and highly efficent process, but not near as evil as ethanol haters would like you to believe.
It cost me $ to fix my older car because some gas station are less than honest about their ethanol content.
It cost me more at the feedstore because corn is so friggin’ high.
It cost me $ because every 2 years I have to buy a new lawnmower, despite near OCD-like maintenance. (Never had that problem until recently.)
The MPG leaves a lot to be desired as well.
Cost, cowboy, the stuff costs me dearly.
Thanks - another fact that is always ignored. In fact I know of one company which has created new jobs by processing DDGS from an ethanol plant into a high-value hog feed that is being exported almost exclusively to China, where hog production is huge.
Unfortunately, ethanol is one of those things on FR were internet meme and the echo-chamber are seen as substitutes for independent research and analysis.