Category: Ethanol

Ethanol Update: EPA errors, infographics, failed anti-ethanol amendment, breast cancer research

It’s been a while since we published an Ethanol Update, so let’s not waste any time with small talk. Let’s get right to it:

EPA’s flawed MOVES model
The Urban Air Initiative published a great piece this week on why the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) MOVES model is flawed against ethanol. From the piece:

The MOVES 2014 Model uses input data that came from the results of something called the EPAct Study.

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5 reasons college students should love ethanol

As a corn farmer’s son from a family farm in Northwest Minnesota, we are proud to be corn farmers and proud to provide food, fiber and fuel for Minnesota. I want to focus why our corn can provide fuel for Minnesota. The corn we grow is used to make a cleaner-burning, homegrown and renewable fuel called ethanol.

I am a senior at North Dakota State University, home of the Bison, majoring in Agriculture Economics and preparing for the upcoming “real world” next spring.

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Minnesota drivers will soon have more cleaner-burning choices at the pump

Flex pumpMinnesota will soon be home to approximately 620 new flex-fuel pumps that give consumers the option of filling up with regular unleaded, or fuel blends like E15 and E85 that contain a higher percentage of homegrown ethanol.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Thursday that 21 states will receive grants through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) to add infrastructure needed to supply more renewable fuel to America’s drivers.

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VIDEO: A researcher is working on using a popular ethanol by-product in human foods

When a 56-pound bushel of corn is made into ethanol, we get nearly 3 pounds of fuel for our vehicles and 18 pounds of high-protein feed most commonly used for livestock.

Yes, you read that right: the ethanol-making process results in fuel and food. That’s why corn farmers and biofuels supporters shake their heads in exasperation when the oil industry and other ethanol detractors attempt to tear down ethanol using the long disproven food vs.

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Ethanol Update: EPA's flawed MOVE model, the RFS and E15

This week’s Ethanol Update contains tidbits on a flawed fuel testing model from the Environmental Protection Agency, the damage cutting the Renewable Fuel Standard will do to air quality, Chrysler including E15 in its vehicle warranties and a successful ethanol promotion in Minnesota small town.

Warning: Flawed EPA model could cripple higher ethanol blends
David VanderGriend, president of the Urban Air Initiative, warns that the Environmental Protection Agency’s new MOVES model is biased against ethanol and will be a major obstacle to higher ethanol blends.

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What blend wall? Minnesota drivers already use more than 10 percent ethanol

When the oil industry and the Environmental Protection Agency cite the 10 percent “blend wall” as a reason to slash the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and cut the amount of homegrown ethanol blended in our fuel supply, one can point to Minnesota as a prime example of why the “blend wall” is a myth.

Ethanol’s opponents came up with a term called the “blend wall” to describe what they say is the upper limit of ethanol consumption in the fuel marketplace.

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Ethanol Update: Removing ethanol from fuel increases toxic emissions

The official comment period to speak out against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to slash the amount of homegrown ethanol blended in our fuel supply as called for by Congress in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is now over.

But that doesn’t mean our voices should go silent. Until EPA’s numbers are finalized, continue speaking out in support of maintaining a strong RFS and keeping America’s energy policy moving forward,

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Here is MCGA's comment letter on EPA's proposal to cut the Renewable Fuel Standard

You have until midnight on Monday, July 27 (that’s today!), to officially submit your comments and tell the Environmental Protection Agency that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is working for all Americans. Click here to submit your comments.

Meanwhile, here is the official RFS comment letter from Northfield family farmer and Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) President Bruce Peterson, submitted on behalf of the MCGA’s more than 7,000 members.

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Submit your RFS comments before the July 27 deadline!

EthanolTime is running out to make your voice heard and tell the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is working for all Americans.

The EPA has proposed slashing the RFS — legislation that sets targets for the amount of clean, renewable and homegrown biofuels to blend in the U.S. fuel supply — by 4 million gallons below what Congress originally intended.

This isn’t just bad news for corn farmers and biofuels supporters,

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Setting the record on using ethanol in small engines

Written by Hoon Ge, MEG Corp

A video on the West Central Tribune’s website on July 8 titled “Why small engines go bad” contained several errors and misconceptions about the use of ethanol-blended fuel in equipment like lawn mowers and chain saws powered by small engines.

As many readers probably know, all regular unleaded fuel sold in the United States contains 10 percent ethanol. Blending ethanol in our fuel supply helps improve air quality and reduces America’s dependence on foreign oil.

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