Weak turnaround this year in Minnesota's ethanol industry

  • Article by: David Shaffer , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 23, 2013 - 7:22 PM

Some of the Minnesota-affiliated ethanol producers are making profits again, but plants carrying high debt loads are struggling.

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paulskiJun. 23, 13 7:17 PM

Do we need or want ethanol. Yes. Ethanol made with food, that being corn, no.

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barney_69Jun. 23, 13 7:49 PM

So this Ponzi scheme is OK?

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furguson11Jun. 23, 1310:32 PM

I'm really not interested in gas that contains ethanol that gives me less mpg while the industry is subsidized, who's production is bad for the environment and is basically burning food.

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scissorshendJun. 24, 13 1:10 PM

Take away the taxpayer funded subsidies and let these corn fed bloaters bounce. It's not fair to taxpayers get a double whammy by having to to pay taxes and then having to pay higher prices at the pump and then agian in the food store.

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scissorshendJun. 24, 13 1:11 PM

Quadruple whammy to tax payers: Pay the subsidy taxes, pay higher prices at the pump, get less mileage and pay higher prices at the food store.

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scissorshendJun. 24, 13 1:12 PM

Whoever thought this was a good thing forgot to do the math.

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kusstJun. 24, 13 2:06 PM

history will show - now with 14 years of cooling correlating to solar activity not Co2 that this was an invented problem which was addressed with an expensive solution to a non problem which took corn out of hungry peoples bellies and which cost the taxpayers millions,poluuted more to make, to prop up an artificial industry to produce a product which gave the consumer worse performance at a higher price and forced him to use a fuel which could wreck his car. aint government intervention great?? I am sure we could give this puppet industry a buyout to ensure the union employees pension funds are propped up.

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jd14317Jun. 24, 13 5:57 PM

Oh man, I love ethanol, I can buy e-85 for $2.40 in Iowa, 2.70-2.80 in MN. and 10% blend is 3.60. Yes, I get less miles per gal., but even when the difference is 40-50 cents a gal, the cost per mile is the same or cheaper than regular gas, I burn e-20 in my truck, and the mileage is the same as e-10, and usually .10 a gal cents cheaper. I love blender pumps where I have a choice of blends and hope to see more e-15 available. E-10 will always be available for Motorcycle's and small engines and any one else who want's to enable the oil companies to run our economy. Oh one more thing, Ethanol hasn't had any subsidy's for 2-3 years, while Oil company's continue to receive them on a regular basis. They quit the blenders subsidy that was paid to the oil company's to blend the ethanol with gas 2 years ago. Only 2% of the worlds feed stock is used in the production of ethanol. The oil companies are doing a great job of telling lies about ethanol, what more would you expect of them.

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lars1074Jun. 24, 13 7:58 PM

First, there is no subsidy for ethanol. If gas costs$2.73 wholesale and ethanol costs $2.44 wholesale how does that increase the cost of gas? Brazils gas contains over 20 percent ethanol and has for decades and they drive the same kinds of cars we do with no problems. Corn is high because of weather problems. If we didn't have ethanol farmers would plant about 80 million acres of corn instead of the 95 million they have the last 2 years. If the weather would cooperate we would have a lot cheaper corn.

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lars1074Jun. 24, 13 8:00 PM

First, there is no subsidy for ethanol. If gas costs$2.73 wholesale and ethanol costs $2.44 wholesale how does that increase the cost of gas? Brazils gas contains over 20 percent ethanol and has for decades and they drive the same kinds of cars we do with no problems. Corn is high because of weather problems. If we didn't have ethanol farmers would plant about 80 million acres of corn instead of the 95 million they have the last 2 years. If the weather would cooperate we would have a lot cheaper corn.

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