Wabash County welcomes ethanol producers

Wabash County welcomes ethanol producers

There are 10 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Jul 4, 2007, titled Wabash County welcomes ethanol producers. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

While some areas are making ethanol producers feel unwanted, northeastern Indiana's Wabash County is rolling out the welcome mat.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at The Indianapolis Star.

Reggie

Pierceton, IN

#2 Jul 4, 2007
Indiana's total corn crop can be consumed by 14 of these plants and we have 30 in the works? We are going to regret this short sighted economic development fad as these plants become empty in a few years because of a lack of corn and the subsidy has gone away. The builders of these plants won't care as the federal subsidy will pay for these in about 3 years. 10-14 plants--okay, 30 is ridiculous.
WONDERING INDIANA

Ashburn, VA

#3 Jul 4, 2007
TRUTH IS CORRECT.
TOBY

AOL

#4 Jul 4, 2007
Truth wrote:
It takes more oil products to produce Ethanol than is saved by using ethanol. It's a sham. And, it's driving up food prices by taking corn off the food market.
As a farmer this is a boom for farmers. On the bother side of the coin this is going to be a loosing proposition for the public.There is no way you can make enough ethanol from corn to help the oil market.It has raised land prices in this area so this might be a good time to unload my 300 acres.
All this inflated corn market is going to do is drive grocery prices up.There are farmers in this area double croping corn instead of rotating to soy beans which will create a shortage of soybeans.It is a no win situation for the consumer.
On top of all this is the fact that the federal govt.is subsidizing these new refinerys in effect stabbing the consumers in the Ass on more than one front.

Since: Apr 07

Arlin, TX

#5 Jul 4, 2007
You all have hit this one right on the head. Ethanol produced only from grain corn will never produce enough volume to replace oil. At the same time, Mexico is dealing with higher priced tortillas because the corn price is so high. What if Illinois or Iowa gets a severe drought? Maybe $8 a gallon ethanol?

The real answers are not popular with environmentalist. We need plus-in hybrid getting 100mpg+ getting electricity from solar, wind, burning biomass, coal and trash but the big source is nuclear. We'd be totally energy independant if environmentalist hadn't block nuclear for the last 30 years. Think nuclear is not safe? Do yourself a favor and do some objective research. It's the BEST way to go.
truthfool

Milwaukee, WI

#6 Jul 4, 2007
Rusty Shackleford wrote:
You all have hit this one right on the head. Ethanol produced only from grain corn will never produce enough volume to replace oil. At the same time, Mexico is dealing with higher priced tortillas because the corn price is so high. What if Illinois or Iowa gets a severe drought? Maybe $8 a gallon ethanol?
The real answers are not popular with environmentalist. We need plus-in hybrid getting 100mpg+ getting electricity from solar, wind, burning biomass, coal and trash but the big source is nuclear. We'd be totally energy independant if environmentalist hadn't block nuclear for the last 30 years. Think nuclear is not safe? Do yourself a favor and do some objective research. It's the BEST way to go.
So another texan with a Nuclar option

Since: Apr 07

Arlin, TX

#7 Jul 5, 2007
truthfool wrote:
<quoted text>So another texan with a Nuclar option
ppsst....fool..... it's really embarrassing to have humor fly right over your head but ya stepping in it buddy....ips location:Indy. Who is Rusty Shackleford? Did ya see the cartoon picture? Get up to speed buddy. I'll give you a clue: King of the Hill......I've told you too much but with a name like fool, just thought you needed a liitle help.
Ethanol

Bedford, IN

#8 Jul 6, 2007
Reggie wrote:
Indiana's total corn crop can be consumed by 14 of these plants and we have 30 in the works? We are going to regret this short sighted economic development fad as these plants become empty in a few years because of a lack of corn and the subsidy has gone away. The builders of these plants won't care as the federal subsidy will pay for these in about 3 years. 10-14 plants--okay, 30 is ridiculous.
just so you know one plant needs the corn from a 25 mile area and seems kinda silly thinking that 14 plants would talk all the corn. as far as wasting all the corn , dry feed and wet cake is a bi-product and is sold to farmers for cattle or what not.
Reggie

North Webster, IN

#9 Jul 7, 2007
Ethanol wrote:
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just so you know one plant needs the corn from a 25 mile area and seems kinda silly thinking that 14 plants would talk all the corn. as far as wasting all the corn , dry feed and wet cake is a bi-product and is sold to farmers for cattle or what not.
Dear Ethanol--Do the math. Find out what Indiana's total corn crop is in bushels and divide that number by the bushel capacity of one plant producing 100 million gallons of ethanol. There just isn't enough corn in Indiana to support 30.
Ethanol

Bedford, IN

#10 Jul 8, 2007
Reggie wrote:
<quoted text>Dear Ethanol--Do the math. Find out what Indiana's total corn crop is in bushels and divide that number by the bushel capacity of one plant producing 100 million gallons of ethanol. There just isn't enough corn in Indiana to support 30.
well lets do some math shall we.... of all the corn raised only 11% is eaten by us and the rest is used for seed corn and feed for cattle. seeing a ethanol plant only takes the startch from the corn and the rest is sold back to farmers for feed with higher protien ... 30% to be exact and much sweeter than reg feed and the cattle love it..... then i dont see the problem. dont go blame higher prices of food or whatever on ethanol plants blame my man mitch and inflation. dont believe all the hype you hear put out by the oil co. if you want to depend on the opec rag heads then more power to you.... me i`d like to be part of the future. i`m not trying to start a fight here just giving the facts. thanks and have a great day

Since: Apr 07

Arlin, TX

#11 Jul 8, 2007
You all are missing the point. If we grew as much corn as possible and used as much as we could, what percent of foreign oil would we be replacing.(that's not a rhetorical question, I'd realy like to know) If it were possible to replace all of the oil with ethanol from corn, what would happen if we had a severe drought? I've heard some talk of switch grass, but I haven't heard of any real production. I've always felt that we were wasting a lot by only processing the grain when the stalk also has a very high sugar content, hence, a good source of ethanol.

My concern is being too dependant on any one souce of energy leaves us very vulnerable.

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