Category: Ethanol

Klobuchar, Franken and other leaders rally support for the RFS

Whether they’re in the White House meeting with President Obama or at the Bushmills Ethanol plant in Atwater, Minn. meeting with farmers, Minnesota’s top elected leaders are fighting hard to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

“This proposal is wrong for our state and it’s wrong for America,” U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar told a room full of farmers and renewable fuels supporters on Monday at the Guardian Energy ethanol plant in Janesville, Minn.

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Is your "Don't mess with the RFS" letter in this stack of thousands?

EPA RFS Letters MinnesotaWhen the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it’s proposal to gut the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and slash the amount of the ethanol blended in gasoline, Minnesota corn farmers got angry.

And started writing letters. Thousands of letters, actually, with more coming in every day.

The letters (some are pictured above, stacked high) tell EPA “Don’t mess with the RFS” and should start arriving on EPA’s doorstep next week.

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Restaurant industry enjoys record profits while trying to tear down the Renewable Fuel Standard

While the restaurant industry continues pedaling myths about ethanol and lobbying Congress to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), it’s raking in record profits.

According to a National Restaurant Association forecast, sales will jump 3.6 percent in 2014 to a record $683.4 billion. This will be the fifth consecutive year of growth for the restaurant industry.

Restaurants are enjoying these record profits despite making sky-is-falling claims about ethanol driving up food costs and hurting their bottom lines.

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Another successful MN Ag EXPO comes to a close

Another year, another successful MN Ag EXPO has come and gone. Here are 900 words and a few pictures to try and bring you up to speed on what went down at EXPO Jan. 8-9 at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato.

If you’re not satisfied with our summary, then come out and see MN Ag EXPO for yourself in 2015! It’s free to attend. It’s awesome. And you’ll be a better farmer by the time you leave.

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The Star Tribune publishes another anti-ethanol editorial

As the fight to save the Renewable Fuel Standard continues, another anti-ethanol editorial has appeared in the Star Tribune.

Supporters of renewable fuels are used to seeing anti-ethanol pieces in the Star Tribune, but that doesn’t make it any less frustrating — especially when they continue to contain the same old myths and Big Oil talking points scare tactics.

This latest editorial claims that “Americans subsidize ethanol through tax breaks,” and when “corn is diverted into making ethanol,

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Corn Links: Catching up after the holidays

If you were too busy opening presents or ringing in the new year over the last week to keep up with the latest news from the world of corn farming and agriculture, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here is what you missed, and a few things you should look forward to:

  • In an op-ed published in newspapers throughout Minnesota, Sen. Amy Klobuchar called a proposal to slash the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) “the equivalent of a football coach benching the quarterback midway through a winning season.”

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Ethanol is not subsidized by taxpayers

“The only problem I have with ethanol is that it’s subsidized by the government!”

“Why take the people’s tax money and hand it to a few corporate faremers (sic) & refiners?” 

“Let’ look at the damage caused by subsidizing ethanol.”

These are actual reader comments on recent newspaper stories that focus on ethanol. If the topic of ethanol comes up among friends or family members,

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Congressman Tim Walz: "The RFS is working, and the EPA needs to get out of the way"

With damaging cuts to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) looming, Congressman Tim Walz visited POET Biorefining in Lake Crystal on Monday morning to talk about ethanol’s impact on the area’s economy.

POET employs about 44 people in the Lake Crystal area, consumes 20 million bushels of corn and produces 56 million gallons of ethanol annually. Those numbers will shrink if the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the oil industry gets its way and slashes the amount of ethanol blended in gasoline by 1.4 billion gallons in 2014.

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Energy Balance? The scale tips heavily in ethanol's favor

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The secret to ethanol’s phenomenal energy return — 2.34 BTUs out for every 1 BTU of fossil energy input — begins with the corn plant’s excellence as a solar capture medium, says Randall Doyal, CEO of Al-Corn Energy in Claremont, Minn.

“What people don’t understand is that we are not creating new energy when we make ethanol. We’re capturing solar energy,” Doyal said. “There are always people who want to tell you how great voltaics and other solar energy capture devices are,

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Message to EPA: "Don't Mess with the RFS"

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) heard from renewable fuels supporters — and a few Big Oil mouthpieces — on Thursday during a public hearing on the agency’s proposal to slash the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and cut the amount of ethanol blended into gasoline by 1.4 billion gallons in 2014.

“The EPA is now caving in to the demands of Big Oil, who has always resisted renewable fuels – from the very beginning,”

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