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Published June 09, 2014, 10:13 AM

US needs to restore industry

The Environmental Protection Agency’s tier three rules reveal some very sobering news for our agricultural economy. EPA projects no growth for ethanol production or E30 use through 2030. Clearly, visionary Americans must bring back ethanol’s big winning vision that goes far beyond basically no growth, small vision E15 to that of a renewable fuel capable of breaking petroleum’s liquid fuels monopoly.

By: Orrie Swayze,

The Environmental Protection Agency’s tier three rules reveal some very sobering news for our agricultural economy. EPA projects no growth for ethanol production or E30 use through 2030. Clearly, visionary Americans must bring back ethanol’s big winning vision that goes far beyond basically no growth, small vision E15 to that of a renewable fuel capable of breaking petroleum’s liquid fuels monopoly.

Our tri-state area can bust EPA and auto manufacturers’ “deceptions” protecting petroleum’s 90 percent gasoline monopoly by simply setting new state precedents of 30 percent market share for ethanol. EPA and autos dishonestly claim flex auto parts are different from standard models and using E15 or E30 in a standard auto voids the warranty, even though it never has. The Magnuson-Moss warranty act requires manufacturers prove parts failures, though they are the same, were caused by E30’s higher ethanol content, a fraudulent task.

Historically, our no-excuse states made their big ethanol vision reality by providing cash and other incentives to plants that built a several-billion-gallon ethanol industry. Today, our consumers buy E10 up to 30 cents less per gallon than gasoline. South Dakota put the nation’s first nationally recognized fexible fuel vehicle on the road, a 1988 Corsica with E85 painted on the doors. Area states joined South Dakota to install the nation’s first blender pumps that are now used across the nation.

At blender pump locations, standard auto owners monthly choose popular E30 to travel millions of trouble-free miles. They recognize ethanol’s premium sweet spot because its lower volatility, higher octane and turbo charging effect create more power and better fuel efficiencies.

Our area achieving a 30 percent ethanol market share will also demonstrate E30 can replace benzene related octane nearly eliminating tailpipe hazardous emissions likened to secondhand smoke. Most importantly, we can be the only region to give those most vulnerable to these emissions, our children, a voice that matters.

Editor’s note: Swayze is a founding board member and past president of ProGold fructose plant in Wahpeton, N.D., South Dakota Corn Growers and South Dakota Corn Utilization Council. He is also a founding board member of the American Coalition for Ethanol.

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