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EPA destroys grain prices

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency deceitfully created E10 blend wall destroys free enterprise's role deciding corn prices because it locks a potential new 5-billion-bushel demand for corn out of the market.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency deceitfully created E10 blend wall destroys free enterprise's role deciding corn prices because it locks a potential new 5-billion-bushel demand for corn out of the market.

Free enterprise cannot play a legitimate role in corn and auto fuels markets when EPA's dishonest policies limit ethanol's auto fuels market participation to 10 percent. Countering free enterprise principles EPA picks gasoline as auto fuels market winner by deceitfully claiming high octane E30 is illegal to use in and damages standard auto engines.

Unlike gasoline, ethanol doesn't contain or emit tail pipe known human carcinogens that prey especially on children. Therefore, it isn't Clean Air Act defined tampering or illegal, as EPA alleges, to fuel standard autos with E30 because it decreases known human carcinogenic tailpipe amd evaporative emissions 30 percent.

Importantly, auto companies urgently request EPA to raise minimum gasoline octane levels. Autos endorse ethanol's high octane E30 but ridicule low octane E15. E15 cannot provide E30's air cooling turbocharging effect and 93 "safe" octane that's required for optimized, efficient high-compression engines. Engine autos need to be competitive in international markets plus meet 2017 café standards.

South Dakota's experience is all segments of our economy (including jobs) participate in producing nearly a billion bushels of corn plus a billion gallons of ethanol annually. We all have hit EPA's fraudulent blend wall, evidenced by a dollar plus lower tumbling corn prices and necessarily all grain and ethanol prices. The economic impact of government's war on E30 use in standard autos creating the E10 blend wall will obviously extort several billion dollars annually from South Dakota's economy alone.

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Incredibly, state government, corn and ethanol organizations assure the blend wall stands firm today. They irresponsibly agree with EPA's Big Oil-sponsored fabrications that built the blend wall.

E30 is illegal to use in and damages standard auto engines.

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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