Ethanol Opponents Air Ads in Ohio

November 5, 2015 01:03 PM
Ethanol Opponents Air Ads in Ohio

Opponents of federal corn ethanol mandates are targeting Ohio in a national ad campaign.

It's part of the Smarter Fuel Future campaign joined by environmental and business groups and academics. The 30-second ad "Inconvenient Facts," purchased by the American Council for Capital Formation, argues the mandate, which requires increasing volumes of corn ethanol be blended into the U.S. gasoline supply, has hurt the environment and economy. Versions are also airing in Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

The U.S. EPA is looking to reduce required volumes, citing inadequate infrastructure to accommodate ethanol-infused gasoline. Corn growers and other supporters of the mandate say it forces oil companies to improve infrastructure at gas pumps to deliver ethanol fuel blends above the current 10 percent mix.

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Spell Check

Chappell, NE
11/8/2015 12:45 PM

  Corn prices have quickly returned to 18th century levels so obviously we are not burning enough of it. Time to convert our power plants to burn corn until the price of corn approaches a level realistic to the 21st century.

McLean, NE
11/6/2015 10:05 AM

  While the initial production methods of ethanol were a net energy loss (took more to produce than it saved) refined methods have reduced emissions and water use. Furthermore its a myth that ethanol causes engine damage. If left in contact with plastics for long periods (several months or years) it will in fact cause damage. However the only thing that separates a flex-fuel vehicle from a non flex-fuel vehicle is software in the vehicle's ECU which adjusts the fuel injection time as ethanol combusts slower than regular gasoline. This is purely a lobby for big oil companies to protect their interests. If you need more proof this is a lie, dial up the documentary called "Pump" on Netflix and decide for yourself.

John Harnish
Quarryville, PA
2/2/2016 03:39 PM

  Ethanal from corn is a terrible waste. From my experience my car gets 10 percent less mileage when I burn gas with 10 percent ethanol. It also makes my chicken feed higher. Why should livestock farmers subsidies corn farmers?


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