Ethanol takes a thrashing in Minnesota

  • Article by: DAVID SHAFFER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 21, 2012 - 9:35 PM

High corn costs and low prices doubly crush state's producers.

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bobsuruncle1Sep. 21, 12 8:31 PM

Wrecks car engines, wastes taxpayers money as a subsidy, and Americans don't need Ethanol in their tanks.

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beaglemomSep. 21, 12 8:46 PM

Until there are no hungry people we should NEVER use food for fuel. This is a science fair project that has gone too far. Just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should!

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birdpeepSep. 21, 12 9:03 PM

Corn is very energy intensive to turn into ehanol in the first place. Notice the artivle mentioned the price of natural gas is relevant to the price of production? It takes more btus ot energy to produce ethanol from corn than you get out of it whe you figure ALL of the energy needed to grow it, fertilize it, transport it, dry it and ferment it into fuel. Some day yo'll hear the real truth about this scam. I'm just not sure when.

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scottsdadSep. 21, 12 9:10 PM

Corn prices will go down, they always do. When E85 is a buck a gallon cheaper, it will become popular again, because you save $20 bucks on every tank full. Figure it out. Ethanol is perfectly good fuel, it does NOT wreck car engines, and is AMERICAN MADE, and don't let anybody tell you any different! One more thing for the haters: your mileage may vary, AND IT WILL, so save your breath.

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scottsdadSep. 21, 12 9:20 PM

Not a valid argument, birdpeep. Ehanol can be made from lots of different plants, there are no costly spills, and oil wells dry up. Ethanol is ad infinitum, and most importantly, AMERICAN MADE

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george13Sep. 21, 12 9:22 PM

It's time to stop beating this dead horse. Producing ethanol is a net loss of energy, there is no debate.

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rhanSep. 21, 12 9:30 PM

This whole corn to ethanol scam was designed to make money for the producers - its a horrible economic decision for the country and makes no sense outside of the profits for a few companies.

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flyslotterSep. 21, 12 9:39 PM

The debatable science aside, ethanol never had any real market traction. The only reason ethanol got as far as it did was because it was heavily taxpayer subsidized. Now that the blending credits have ended, you see where ethanol is. High corn prices are only icing on the cake.

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cmhoffman1Sep. 21, 12 9:44 PM

I HATE ETHANOL. I DO NOT WANT TO VOTE FOR POLITICIANS WHO FAVOR IT. THEY ARE DUMB AND/OR BOUGHT AND PAID FOR. Yes, I put that in caps on purpose...

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beavis38Sep. 21, 12 9:53 PM

Here is the deal. No subsidies and no mandated blends. Let the market decide its fate. I do not like the stuff myself and would not burn it but MN forces you to for your cars. In my bike and small engines I use the non ethonal blend which is not legal to burn in cars in MN. Idiodic law.

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