Category: Ethanol

Ethanol racing simulator reaches new audiences

Seeing a group of farmers gather around and watch each other play a video game is quite the sight. It also means that group of farmers might be onto something when it comes to reaching younger audiences with a positive message about clean, renewable and homegrown ethanol.

Jeff Beckman from the Minnesota Farm Bureau brought his ethanol racing simulator game to the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) office on Aug. 27. Each farmer on MCGA’s Food and Bioenergy team  took a turn playing it,

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Talking ethanol at the Minnesota State Fair

The Great Minnesota Get-Together is more than just corn dogs, Midway rides and sheep judging, it’s also an opportunity to connect with visitors about the benefits of ethanol fuels. The American Lung Association in Minnesota (ALAMN) was at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair to share that message.

Those connections began on the opening day of the fair, when the ALAMN brought a flex fuel Ford Focus to the State Fair Parade. The parade,

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Talking ethanol and corn farming on KSMQ's "Farm Connections"

The crew from KSMQ’s “Farm Connections” came out to Deer Creek Speedway on July 18 to talk ethanol and corn farming during “Tasseldega Nights.”

You’ll hear from a Minnesota corn farmer, a race car driver who uses ethanol, and ethanol plant CEO and staff from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, which sponsored “Tasseldega Nights” to better connect with consumers and racing fans with a positive message about ethanol.

Thanks to KSMQ for putting together this interesting and informative series of stories on homegrown ethanol.

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Corn links: RFS, New York Times, Ice Bucket Challenge

It’s Monday, so let’s start the week off with an update on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), a New York Times farming panel that doesn’t include any farmers and a corn-themed ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Final RFS number coming soon?
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is almost a year late in announcing final numbers for the 2014 RFS, legislation that sets targets for the amount of renewable fuels like ethanol to be blended in our fuel supply.

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Huffington Post blog provides actual insight instead of rhetoric on E15

The city of Chicago is considering a proposal that would bring E15 — a blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline — to every fuel station in the city. As this proposal gains momentum, no doubt we’ll see plenty of sensationalized claims and emotional articles pushed by Big Oil companies and parroted by the mainstream media about the “dangers” of E15.

That’s why it was refreshing to read this post on E15 at the Huffington Post blog from researchers at the Argonne National Laboratory. 

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Ethanol vs. Gasoline: Video shows how ethanol burns cleaner

The Illinois Corn Growers Association has released a great new video demonstrating how ethanol burns cleaner than gasoline.

Using ethanol instead of gasoline helps reduce carbon dioxide emissions by an average of 34 percent, even when hypothetical land use emissions are factored in. In 2013, 13.3 billion gallons of ethanol were produced, reducing greenhouse gas emissions from on-road vehicles by 38 million metric tons — the equivalent of removing 8 million cars from the road.

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Debunking myths and misinformation in an old anti-E15 video from FOX News (part 3)

There’s a video floating around the web from FOX News that trashes E15 — a blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline.

Here at MinnesotaCornerstone.com, we’re used to seeing mainstream media outlets parrot Big Oil talking points and get the facts wrong about E15 and ethanol, but this particular video is so bad (it’s actually unintentionally funny), it merits its own multi-part response.

Today’s post is part 3 and the last of our multi-part response.

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Debunking myths and misinformation in an old anti-E15 video from FOX News (part 2)

There’s a video floating around the web from FOX News that trashes E15 — a blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline.

Here at MinnesotaCornerstone.com, we’re used to seeing mainstream media outlets parrot Big Oil talking points and get the facts wrong about E15 and ethanol, but this particular video is so bad (it’s actually unintentionally funny), it merits its own multi-part response.

Today’s post is part 2 of that multi-part response.

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Debunking myths and misinformation in an old anti-E15 video from FOX News

There’s a video floating around the web from FOX News that trashes E15 — a blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline.

Here at MinnesotaCornerstone.com, we’re used to seeing mainstream media outlets parrot Big Oil talking points and get the facts wrong about E15 and ethanol, but this particular video is so bad (it’s actually unintentionally funny), it merits its own multi-part response.

Even though the video is a couple years old,

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Klobuchar, Grassley call for investigation of ethanol sales restrictions

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar, a democrat from Minnesota, and Chuck Grassley, an Iowa republican, are calling for a federal investigation to determine whether Big Oil companies have engaged in practices that restrict the sales of higher blends of ethanol.

In a letter to the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, the senators wrote:

The report from the RFA (Renewable Fuels Association) found that unbranded or independent stations are roughly four to six times more likely to offer E85 and 40 times more likely to offer E15 than stations carrying a “Big Five” oil brand.

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