Category: Ethanol

10 reasons why you should tell EPA to leave the Renewable Fuel Standard alone

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed slashing the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) and reducing the amount of ethanol we blend with our gasoline by 1.4 billion gallons in 2014. If implemented, this misguided proposal would raise gas prices and seriously damage the rural economy.

Thankfully, there is still time to put a stop to this proposal. Click here to tell the EPA that the RFS is working as it was intended and that there is no need to change it.

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Proposed RFS reduction threatens a vital animal feed: Distillers Grains

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

With a bushel of corn — 56 pounds — an ethanol plant produces 2.8 gallons of cleaner burning fuel and 17 pounds of high quality animal feed.

With cuts looming to the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) – legislation that sets targets for the amount of corn ethanol blended with regular gasoline — farmers who feed DDGS rations to livestock are worried about this great source of protein and energy drying up.

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Poultry industry clucks about the RFS while raking in record profits

Million $ TurkeyAs the poultry industry demands a repeal of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), poultry corporations are making more money than they ever have before.

Tyson Foods Inc. reported sales of $34.4 billion in fiscal year 2013 and a share price of $2.22. “2013 was the best year in company history in terms of record sales and earnings per share,” Donnie Smith, Tyson’s president and chief executive officer, said in a statement.

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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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