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Published August 04, 2014, 09:38 AM

Tax traitors encourage false public perceptions

A practice called “inversion” is used by international oil corporations and others to avoid paying taxes in the U.S. They renounce U.S. citizenship to seek out the lowest bidder tax state to call “my country.” The president calls them unpatriotic. I call them tax traitors.

By: Orrie Swayze , Agweek

A practice called “inversion” is used by international oil corporations and others to avoid paying taxes in the U.S. They renounce U.S. citizenship to seek out the lowest bidder tax state to call “my country.” The president calls them unpatriotic. I call them tax traitors.

These foreign oil entities are the competitors to our taxpaying Midwest corn processing industry. Corn processing is the cornerstone of our job creating Midwest economy. It is embarrassingly poor business that we allow these tax traitors to financially create two mythical public perceptions.

Myths have severely curtailed projected growth of ethanol production nationally and our local corn processing. Foreign oil says it is illegal to fuel standard autos with E30. Second, it says E30 will ruin standard auto engines. Embarrassingly, our government’s Environmental Protection Agency takes these foreign oil- created myths and parrots them daily.

Yet thousands of pioneering standard auto owners weekly select E30 to travel millions of trouble-free miles. Also, referencing parts manuals, retired Lake Area Tech Auto Department head Al Kasperson (Watertown, S.D.) found the engines are identical in flex and standard autos. Reference Agweek staff writer Mikkel Pates’ 2008 interview: Watertown Retiree Studies Biofuels. There are minor computer program modifications, etc. to accommodate higher fuel flow needed for E85 and unneeded for E30. These realities should embarrass EPA and other ethanol critics.

These myth’s fear tactics fraudulently hijack at least $200 million annually from South Dakota standard auto owners alone, assuming South Dakota uses 400 million gallons of gasoline annually. At blender pumps, ethanol’s 93 octane premium E30 is at least 50 cents less than unleaded and 20 cents less than E10. Standard auto owners using E30 typically report “more power and can’t tell the difference in mpg.”

A Koch Brothers nightmare: Midwest governor and Senate candidates supporting Midwest businesses by traveling the campaign trail in standard autos powered by premium E30 and bragging about it.

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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