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The American Coalition for Ethanol is excited to announce its 24th annual ACE Ethanol Conference, to be held August 22-24, 2011 at the Downtown Marriott Hotel in Des Moines, Iowa. Registration for the conference will open soon at Ethanol.org. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2011 at Ethanol. Right. Now.
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One year ago, the world watched as an environmental catastrophe unfolded in the Gulf of Mexico. This article recalls the event: "On the night of April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon, a rig operated by Transocean Ltd., burst into flames... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2011 at Ethanol. Right. Now.
This guest editorial is from Mike Jerke, General Manager of Chippewa Valley Ethanol Co. in Benson, Minnesota. It appears in the April edition of "ET Field Notes," the membership publication for members of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE). Saudi... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2011 at Ethanol. Right. Now.
As we prepare for our ACE fly-in to DC happening next week, I crunched a few numbers and found the results interesting: During March 2009, the time of our first DC fly-in, gas prices were under $2 per gallon. Today,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2011 at Ethanol. Right. Now.
The Governors' Biofuels Coalition (GBC) wrote yesterday to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asking the agency to immediately correct its reporting procedures that overstate the amount of corn used for ethanol in the U.S. "In recent months, global weather disruptions, rising... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2011 at Ethanol. Right. Now.
Thank you for pointing out my omission of that source information. We will add it to the chart. Corn supply numbers are from USDA Economic Research Service, http://www.ers.usda.gov/Data/FeedGrains/Table.asp?t=01 Ethanol production numbers are from the US Department of Energy http://www.eia.doe.gov/oil_gas/petroleum/data_publications/monthly_oxygenate_telephone_report/motr_historical.html and http://www.eia.gov/dnav/pet/hist/LeafHandler.ashx?n=PET&s=M_EPOOXE_YNP_NUS_MBBL&f=M Ethanol industry average yield from one bushel of corn is currently 2.8 gallons of ethanol and 17.5 pounds of distillers grains – distillers grains have all the fiber, fat and protein of an entire bushel of corn and are not used for ethanol. As to the other issues you mention, I chose to concentrate on the main theme of the article, not the other incorrect “common knowledge” that was thrown into the WSJ article (and that you apparently believe to be true). You did notice that they said a “growing consensus” – which is not the same as fact. The article does not say ethanol does not reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil – it says David Pimentel says it doesn’t reduce it very much. Dr. Pimentel is probably the best known ethanol critic in the world, but is also the most widely misquoted ethanol critic in the world. Read his work, and see what it really says about foreign oil – make sure you check the tables. Counting the calories in the food the corn farmer eats before he goes out the field may be a measurement of energy, but it is not oil of any kind – much less foreign oil. Did you write the Wall Street Journal and ask them for the source of their statement that “The Environmental Protection Agency has found that ethanol production has a minimal to negative impact on the environment?” I can’t help you with that one, because there is no such “finding” anywhere. The closest they ever got was to say ethanol was only 16% cleaner than gasoline, so it didn’t meet the requirement of being 20% cleaner. Then they checked their math and said that ethanol is at least 21% cleaner than gas – even when they add ridiculous assumptions that oil never has to consider. Again, thank you for your concern. Please hold ethanol’s critics to the same standard.
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The American Coalition for Ethanol’s 23rd annual conference opened today in Kansas City, with opening remarks by President Lars Herseth. Herseth is a family farmer from Houghton, South Dakota – a corn grower, livestock producer, and investor in several locally... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2010 at Ethanol. Right. Now.
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A bipartisan bill was introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth Sandlin and by Congressman Adrian Smith, the "Consumer Fuels Choice Act." The bill will improve consumer choice at the pump by providing grants for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2010 at Ethanol. Right. Now.
With ethanol trading for nearly a dollar less than gasoline at the rack, motorists can capture those savings at the pump by choosing ethanol-blended fuel. The savings over the recent Memorial Day holiday were significant. According to fuel price data*... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2010 at Ethanol. Right. Now.
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As was the case a couple weeks ago when an oil tanker was gashed open trying to take a shortcut through the Great Barrier Reef, the silence of environmental groups has been deafening following the explosion and oil spill off... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2010 at Ethanol. Right. Now.
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