If feds don't, states may stop ethano...

If feds don't, states may stop ethanol subsidy

There are 3 comments on the The Billings Outpost story from Oct 12, 2013, titled If feds don't, states may stop ethanol subsidy. In it, The Billings Outpost reports that:

While recent Supreme Court rulings on voting rights and same-sex marriage have held the nation's attention, another decision slipped quietly under radar.

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Etobicoke, Canada

#1 Oct 13, 2013
Somewhat rambling and misleading rant against ethanol gasoline. It makes many stupid claims, such as the one about ethanol being negative exergy. Facts are that using ethanol isn't designed to 'produce energy'(the exergy is very modest not negative). It is designed to replace toxic and EXPENSIVE octane boosters like MTBE. And it results in cleaner engines over long periods which eliminates the 'dirty engine' that increase CO2 emissions.

I would suggest that ethanol be produced from cheap imported sugar, but that is blocked by the sugar beet farmers.

As to O-157, that is an issue of farm regulation. They are obviously using a lot of manure to fertilize the corn crop. Doesn't matter if it's distillers grains or direct cattle feed (the majority of corn is for cattle feed, not human consumption).

The idea of cutting out 40% of the corn market to lower prices is, of course, another case of 'screw you' to the farmer who would see his income plummet and probably go bankrupt. This would eventually raise prices back to the 'sustainable' level but with a LOT of collateral damage to farming. P.S. how many farmers do you see driving limousines? Let's be real..

Cypress, TX

#2 Oct 13, 2013
driving or riding limos?????

Etobicoke, Canada

#3 Oct 13, 2013
SpaceBlues wrote:
driving or riding limos?????
Good point. A lot of farmers have to 'subsidize' their income by working in town during the winter. ;-)

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