Category: Ethanol

Big Oil's ultimate goal: Get rid of the RFS

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed slashing the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) and lowering 2014 ethanol blending targets by 1.4 billion gallons last Friday.

Of course, Big Oil companies and their allies praised the proposal. Even though the EPA’s decision is a step backward for American consumers, it’s a major step forward for the oil industry as it strives to strengthen its monopoly on the transportation fuels market.

Oil companies smell blood in the water.

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Minnesota Corn Growers extremely disappointed in EPA proposal to cut ethanol blending goals

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is extremely disappointed in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to lower ethanol blending goals for 2014 set in the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). The RFS is reducing our dependence on foreign oil and lowering prices at the pump. In other words, said MCGA President Ryan Buck, it’s working exactly as it was intended and there is no need to change it.

“By calling for a reduction in the amount of ethanol we blend with gasoline,

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Minnesota corn farmers #FactCheck Associated Press ethanol attack piece

Sometimes when a media outlet chooses sensationalism and talking points over journalism and insight, pushback is necessary. Minnesota corn farmers stepped up and reached out to correct misinformation and untruths contained in an ethanol attack piece published by the Associated Press on Tuesday.

Responding directly to media hatchet jobs isn’t always necessary — often it’s best to let agenda-driven stories like this one flame out on their own — but the AP piece got so much wrong (claims such as farmers “plowing up pristine prairies,”

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Associated Press story plows under the facts about ethanol

Do you enjoy writing filled with hyperbole? How about “reporting” that cites long-dispelled myths as fact and uses professional talking heads as sources? Is lazy journalism that aims to manufacture controversy (think Skip Bayless at ESPN or one of the many loudmouths that pollute the talk radio airwaves) your thing?

Then an upcoming story from the Associated Press (AP) about so-called “dirty” ethanol is right up your alley. The story is embargoed until Nov.

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Never read the comments (especially when the topic is ethanol)

Those who venture into the comments section of a newspaper website rarely emerge unscathed. Newspaper comments sections are a jungle of misinformation, nastiness, name-calling and anonymous people behind a keyboard who know very little and pretend (often angrily) that they know a lot.

All of that is ratcheted up by a factor of 10 when you wade into the comments section of a story about ethanol. There’s a reason we should all live by the following motto: Never read the comments.

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E15 in Minnesota: Media coverage of the E15 rollout at Penn Minnoco in south Minneapolis

Did you miss the news that E15 is now available in Minnesota? Have you been hiding under a rock?

If you have been under a rock, please come out and catch up on the great news Minnesota motorists received this week. The higher ethanol blends E15 and E30 are now available in Minnesota — giving drivers more choices at the pump and a lower cost and renewable alternative to unleaded gasoline.

Here is a summary of all the media coverage from this week:

Television News

KSTP Channel 5 (Tuesday,

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Corn farmers help bring E15 and E30 to Minnesota

It’s official: E15 and E30 are now available in Minnesota, giving drivers more choices beyond regular gasoline when it’s time to fuel their vehicles.

With TV cameras rolling and a steady stream of customers pulling in to fill up their tanks at Penn Minnoco off Penn Ave. in south Minneapolis, the ribbon was cut Wednesday morning on four new flex fuel pumps that dispense E15 (a blend of 15 percent ethanol, 5 percent more than what is blended in all Minnesota unleaded gasoline),

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New Interactive Map Highlights Local Impact of Corn in Minnesota

A new interactive online map created by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) highlights the local impact made by corn farming throughout Minnesota’s 87 counties.

With a single click, users can access data that breaks down corn production by county along with county-by-county information on corn crop value, stations that sell ethanol-blended fuel, ethanol plants, grain elevators and MCGA members.

The online tool can be accessed at www.mncorn.org/farm-policy/county-stats,

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Minnesota Biofuels Month: Video addresses myths about ethanol

We’re entering the final week of Biofuels Month here in Minnesota. If you are not doing so already, be sure to like the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) Facebook page and follow MCGA on Twitter for daily factoids and tidbits about clean, renewable and homegrown ethanol.

While perusing social media today, I came across the below video about ethanol and the myths that surround it. The video is well worth your time.

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Governor Dayton: October is Biofuels Month in Minnesota

What does trick-or-treating, leaves changing colors, the World Series, the start of the NHL season and Biofuels Month have in common? They’re all happening this October.

Governor Mark Dayton has declared October Biofuels Month in Minnesota. It’s an opportunity to celebrate and recognize the important role biofuels such as clean, renewable and homegrown ethanol play in building Minnesota’s economy and reducing our impact on the environment and the air we breathe.

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