Minnesota farmers see 'Big Oil' behind new ethanol rule

  • Article by: Kevin Diaz , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 13, 2014 - 10:39 PM

Obama plan to lower national target for biofuels faces opposition from Minnesotans in Congress.

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oct98811Nov. 24, 13 8:36 PM

The feed issue is a complete lie. Only a small part of the corn kernel is used to make ethanol, and the remaining dried distillers grain is sold as feed. In fact, the feed has less oil making for better nutrition for livestock and poultry.

kebu80Nov. 24, 13 8:40 PM

Finally, Klobuchar and Franken make sense! Keep up the fight you two! Yes, big oil does get huge subsidies that dwarf what our farmers get. Why?

dmatz13Nov. 24, 13 8:49 PM

If E15 is ever mandated in MN, I'll drive a few extra miles and fill up across the border.

kokoonelliNov. 24, 13 8:55 PM

They all better lookout for the real future of fuel -hydrogen. Hydrogen cars are coming back in a big way. What comes out of the exhaust? Water Vapor!!!!!!!!

bgronniNov. 24, 13 9:04 PM

Ethanol is a crock. it is expensive, destroys engines, is NOT green by taking up more land for corn and using much more water than oil processing. Could not exist without subsidies. the strong farm lobby keeps the money flowing.

blorangeNov. 24, 13 9:08 PM

Biofuels are a good concept, but corn as a source plant is terrible. It only gives 10-20% more energy per greenhouse gas emission compared to straight gasoline, and that figure only accounts for pre-existing farmland. The farmers here are justifiably defensive of their income source, the question is how can we transition our agricultural sector away from corn without disrupting people's livelihood.

cman22Nov. 24, 13 9:11 PM

I think it is ironic that the anti-ethanol urban progressives have aligned themselves with Big Oil and not even realized it. It's a weird marriage. I've been complaining about that for years. Maybe the urban progressives will now understand they have actually been helping Big Oil.

francispeterNov. 24, 13 9:12 PM

It takes petroleum to grow the corn. And Round Up, and ammonia nitrate, and pesticides. Add it all up and this is about as dumb a policy as you can get from the government. Total energy return on ethanol? Is it 1 to 1? Maybe 1 gallon of fuel to 1.25 gallons of ethanol? And at what cost? Our water supply, our natural habitat, the price of basic food supplies. This was a dumb idea from the start and as the costs have become clear, it's just gotten dumb and dumber. Stop trying to pick winners and losers in the energy arena and let's get back to a sane farming practice, with families growing food for our communities.

jd55604Nov. 24, 13 9:15 PM

"But ethanol boosters say the cut could hamper investment in the next generation of cellulosic ethanol made from wood, grasses and other plant matter."........Besides scoring some public relations points; why would the corn or soybean lobbies ever try to develop non-corn or non-soybean derived ethanol?

dentesterNov. 24, 13 9:27 PM

Eliminate ALL farm subsidies. Government should not be subsidizing any private enterprise, including farming. It's crony capitalism at its worst because it's politicians trying to create a market where none would exist otherwise.


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