Category: Ethanol

Don’t be fooled by fuel system cleaner’s bogus ethanol claims

From the Merriam-Webster dictionary:

Snake Oil (noun): Something that is sold as medicine but that is not really useful or helpful in any way.

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I am not a “car guy”
Spend a few minutes browsing the auto care section at your local Wal-Mart and you’re bound to come across products that use ethanol to try and scare you into pulling out your wallet and buying them.

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EWG recycles a bunch of ethanol myths, calls it a "study"

What do you get when Big Oil and corporate activists team up to attack farmers and consumers?

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) and its new (*ahem*), “study” bashing ethanol and corn farmers.

The (*cough*) “study” comes out just as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is set to issue a final ruling on its proposal to slash the amount of homegrown ethanol blended into our fuel supply as called for in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

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MCGA’s Tasseldega Nights Brings Free Racing to Elko Speedway and Deer Creek Speedway

Tasseldega NightsThe Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is bringing free racing to Elko Speedway and Deer Creek Speedway this summer through a new ethanol-fueled promotion called “Tasseldega Nights.”

Race fans receive free admission to Elko Speedway on June 7 and Deer Creek Speedway on July 19. Once inside the track, fans will have an opportunity to win a 4-pack of tickets and pit passes to the NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug.

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Report: EPA to scale back proposed cuts to Renewable Fuel Standard

A report from Reuters citing industry sources says the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will partially backtrack on drastic cuts to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) it proposed in November.

The original RFS reduction proposal would have cut the target for the amount of ethanol blended into gasoline from 14.4 billion gallons to 13 billion gallons in 2014. The Reuters report says that the final number will likely be 13.6 billion.

From the Reuters story:

The EPA shocked biofuel supporters in November with a draft rule that slashed federal requirements for biofuel use in gasoline and diesel.

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Making diesel engines more efficient with hydrous ethanol

Inside a square room at the University of Minnesota’s new T.E. Murphy Engine Research Laboratory in Minneapolis, Will Northrop is working to refine a cleaner and more efficient diesel engine.

With funding support from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and AURI, Northrop and his team at the U of M’s Department of Mechanical Engineering are developing technology to use hydrous ethanol as the primary fuel in diesel engines.

When used in diesel engines,

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Video: A day at the Supermileage Challenge

The 26th Supermileage Challenge at Brainerd International Raceway came to an end on Wednesday. It was another successful with over 60 schools bringing more than 120 cars to the competition.

The objective of Supermileage is to design a car that gets the most miles per gallon on one gallon of fuel. The competition is sponsored in part by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and includes an E85 division as well as stock,

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26th Supermileage Challenge kicks off at Brainerd International Raceway

Even though cold temperatures and brisk winds forced people to dress like they were ice fishing, it didn’t stop over 60 schools with more than 120 cars from participating in the first day of the Supermileage Challenge on Tuesday.

For 26 years, teams of high school and middle school students have come together at Brainerd International Raceway to see how far they can go on one gallon of fuel in custom-built cars that sort of look like souped-up go-karts.

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NCGA to President Obama: Allow the bipartisan RFS to continue working

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), along with biotechnology businesses and ethanol groups, called on President Obama last week to reverse the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to slash the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

In a letter sent to the President, NCGA and the other groups cited the recently released National Climate Assessment as yet another reason to maintain a strong RFS and continue setting our goals high for blending homegrown biofuels in our gasoline.

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An update on E15 in Minnesota

Whenever Rick Bohnen talks to a customer who just filled his or her vehicle with E15 at the Penn-Minocco station in the heart of South Minneapolis, he can’t believe their enthusiasm.

“The people who buy E15 love it. They think it’s the greatest thing ever,” Bohnen said.

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association was part of a coalition that brought E15 — a blend of 15 percent homegrown ethanol and 85 percent gasoline —

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The sights and sounds of the Supermileage Challenge at Eden Prairie High School

The sounds get louder as you approach the room where Leigh Hartert oversees the Supermileage Challenge team at Eden Prairie High School.

Metal tools clanking. Power tools humming. Classmates chattering back and forth.

The smells that fill the air become stronger too. A lovely aroma of paint mixed with motor fuel that anyone who enjoys working on engines and cars can appreciate.

When you walk into the room, the sights match the sounds and smells.

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