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Letter: Good for consumers, good for the environment

I am writing in response to the Aug. 30 Monitor editorial, “Can’t we keep gas from turning to goo?”

The Renewable Fuel Standard is the single most effective energy policy in our nation’s history. It has shown its positive impact on America and individual consumers time and time again. Ethanol has decreased America’s dependence on foreign oil to 41 percent, as opposed to 48 percent without the use of ethanol. When directly compared to gasoline, ethanol reduces our greenhouse gas emissions by 40-50 percent. And when it comes to consumers, in 2011, ethanol saved drivers $1.09 per gallon at the pump. Additionally, a byproduct of ethanol is dried distillers grain with solubles, a high protein feedstock. A bushel of grain will make 2.8 gallons of ethanol and 17 pounds of high-protein animal feed that will make its way back to the farm. In 2012, ethanol created enough animal feed to produce seven hamburgers for each person worldwide. It is also important to remember that ethanol is created from feed corn and not sweet corn, which is consumed by humans.

We must fight to keep the Renewable Fuel Standard in place so we can continue decreasing our dependence on foreign oil, helping the environment, and saving consumers money at the pump.

BOB DINNEEN

Washington, D.C.

(The writer is president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association.)

Renewable ethanol can be made from other crops besides corn and be even better for the environment. Growing all this extra corn to burn in gasoline of guzzling vehicles is not really taking the high road claimed by the ethanol folks. A lot of energy is required just to grow corn and take it through all the steps to make it gasoline-ready ethanol. Further, you say that ethanol save drivers money at the pump, but what you don't say is that everybody pays the government subsidy to the ethanol industry (ADM) to make it.

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