Ethanol industry back in the black after rough years

  • Article by: David Shaffer , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 14, 2014 - 8:44 AM

Lower corn prices, more driving and strong exports get credit for the turnaround.

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arspartzFeb. 13, 1410:26 PM

Most of my local stations have stopped carrying E-85. Even the locals caught on that it's a money losing deal.

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tkr380Feb. 14, 1412:10 AM

Turning Food Into Fuel, what could go wrong...

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samiamFeb. 14, 1412:35 AM

Good then stop forcing us to buy E-10 gas

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dad2fourFeb. 14, 14 6:15 AM

Forcing E15 on the folks will ensure their propped up success.

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garcialaterFeb. 14, 14 6:40 AM

Ethanol... What were we thinking? Want noticeably better gas mileage and performance? Find a non-oxygenated pump. No ethanol = much better mileage and you won't have a hand in destroying rural minnesota and it's waterways.

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tcatheartFeb. 14, 14 6:43 AM

Two thoughts…1) If ethanol wasn't propped up by federal subsidies, there is no way it would ever be in "the black". And 2) How on earth is something supposed to be considered "renewable" when it is energy negative? It takes more than a gallon of fuel to create a gallon of ethanol. Ethanol production needs to end NOW!

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thatisright1Feb. 14, 14 6:46 AM

Hmm, it is strange to see all these comments from Strib readers that are hostile to government mandates. Guess what, when you support a large and bloated government, said government will ALWAYS do something you oppose or feel is wrong. I am just going to kick back and savor these comments.

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thatisright1Feb. 14, 14 7:09 AM

@tcatheart, say what you want about ethanol, but please use facts when building your case.

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thatisright1Feb. 14, 14 7:12 AM

Pop quiz! Do any of you ethanol critics know what approximate percent of the US corn crop is used strictly for ethanol production?

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thatisright1Feb. 14, 14 7:20 AM

@garcialater, the consumption demands of dense urban counties have already substantially decreased the quality of most rural waterways. We should be focused on smart production farming where there are incentives to enroll all ditch and stream buffers into conservation programs. Most farmers would love to do this, but the it is difficult when government still wants to tax these lands at production farm rates for both annual taxes and estate taxes.

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