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Published May 07, 2009, 09:00 PM

Merle Anderson, Climax, Minn., letter: Resisting ethanol does no one any favors

The fuel supply folks in Grand Forks need to step up to the plate and get some ethanol pumps installed. The region has a lot of customers who would use higher blends. There are a lot of people here who are anxious to do what’s right for America.

CLIMAX, Minn. — About 25 years ago, a gas station on Gateway Drive in Grand Forks had a big neon sign that read, “No Ethanol in Our Gas.” Well, guess what? They get the prize again because we all see a new, big electric sign that carries the message, “We Offer 100 Percent No Ethanol Gasoline.”

What is the station trying to tell us? That we need to go back to $2.50 wheat and $1.80 corn?

Or is the message that we should buy more gas? That we need to borrow the money from China so we can buy it from countries that sponsor terrorism?

Have the station owners heard that ethanol production and use creates jobs and opportunities for rural America? Ethanol production also plays a role in opening new markets for farmers, creates a new tax base, improves air quality and helps our economy.

Have they heard that our country is in a financial meltdown? Ethanol production and use will play and is already starting to play an important role in our recovery.

The fuel supply folks in Grand Forks need to step up to the plate and get some ethanol pumps installed. The region has a lot of customers who would use higher blends. There are a lot of people here who are anxious to do what’s right for America.

Also, there is a new thing in the fuel distribution industry. We call them blender pumps, and they help give customers a choice. By just a push of a button, you can choose E10, E20, E30, E50 or even E85.

East Grand Forks already has an E85 pump, or motorists could stop at the Cenex station in Fisher, Minn., the Ampride in Crookston, the Cenex blender pump in Mayville-Portland, N.D. or the two such pumps in Thief River Falls.

There also are a number of other blender pumps in the region.

Once motorists visit one of those pumps, they’ll be able to see firsthand how good it feels to do the right thing for our community and America as well.

Merle Anderson

Anderson is the founder of the American Coalition for Ethanol.

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