Ethanol makers may be looking for new markets

  • Article by: DAVID SHAFFER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 23, 2013 - 8:07 PM

U.S. ethanol makers will be looking to boost exports of the fuel if the federal government, as expected, scales back the amount mandated for use in the domestic market.

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simplicity1Nov. 23, 13 8:26 PM

Hoping this is the beginning of the end for this gimmick which has done so much damage to our economy and environment.

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william16Nov. 23, 13 9:45 PM

If ethanol is so great get rid of all of the mandates and let it succeed or fail on its own merits. That's the American way.

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Herman MunsterNov. 23, 13 9:57 PM

E15 is garbage and voids the warranty of most small and marine engines. All to enrich a few farmers. LIke William said, if it is so great let it succeed without a mandate.

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Geezer1976Nov. 23, 1310:12 PM

Please explain to us how ethanol damages the environment? Solid facts only, please.

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deroneNov. 23, 1310:15 PM

Great! Big Oil wins and geez they are so environmentally friendly!! No money wasted over protecting the middle east on military.

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simplicity1Nov. 24, 1312:29 AM

Geezer1976 Many those distilleries which will soon be bankrupt are polluting the earth, water, and air. There are dozens of them. The farmers are ripping up fresh ground to grow raw materials for the distilleries. 1/2 of the US corn crop is used to make ETOH for gasahol. It has made our retail food prices tripple in ten years. It is crap that hardly burns. Only 50% the energy per unit of gasoline. Might as well pee in the tank. It is a farmer welfare gimick. BaBye ETOH!!

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pelicanpoopNov. 24, 13 2:25 AM

I live in rural Wisconsin and 100 percent unleaded gasoline is readily available at a price of 15 cents per gallon more than unleaded with ethanol. I buy the 100 percent gasoline every time! I get more miles per gallon, enough to more than offset the higher price. Win-win!

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texas_technomanNov. 24, 13 4:32 AM

It's not so much that ethanol is bad (jurys still out on that one), what's bad is we use corn to make it...let's use one of those noxious invasive weeds instead...like kudzu, switchgrass, etc.

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lars1074Nov. 24, 13 7:14 AM

I see most of you just quote the lies the oil industry puts out. NASCAR burns E15 and they have over 5 million miles driven without problems. Brazil burns over 20percent ethanol in there cars for decades. Let's put in the blender pumps where you can choose the amount of ethanol you want and see what happens, oil doesn't want that to happen. The farmer gets less than 20 percent of the food dollar, with a percent that small there are a lot of other factors in the price of food. One third of the corn used to make ethanol comes back as distillers grain which is animal feed.

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gunclingerNov. 24, 13 7:46 AM

lars1074....The guy who rebuilt the carburetors in my lawn mower and snow thrower told me not to use ethanol as it can do significant damage. He sure didn't look like an oil company stooge, but I'm sure you know better.

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