Ethanol Makes More Sense Today Than Ever

In Activism, E85, Environmental, Ethanol by Mark

Like a good magician practicing sleight of hand Big Oil and other ethanol critics like the Grocery Manufacturers Association wave one hand around with a flourish to get our attention, while the other lifts our wallet.  Thus the steady drumbeat of ethanol costs more, even though in a normal economy it costs less than gas; ethanol is energy deficient, even …

Nebraska Corn Growers Give Consumers Ethanol Choices

In E85, Ethanol, State Groups by Cindy

Motorists in Grand Island, Nebraska now have a range of choices at the pump when it comes to ethanol blended gasoline, thanks to help from the Nebraska Corn Board. Six ethanol blender pumps were unveiled last week providing flexible-fuel vehicle owners with the option of using E85, E30, E20 or the traditional E10 blend of gasoline. “If you drive a …

Illinois Corn Sponsors Clean Snowmobile Team

In E85, government, State Groups by Cindy

The Illinois Corn Marketing Board will be sponsoring the Northern Illinois University (NIU) Clean Snowmobile Team in the upcoming 2009 Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE) Clean Snowmobile Challenge, which has a focus on ethanol fuel. The challenge this year will be held March 16-21, at Michigan Technical University in Houghton, Michigan with the theme being “Flex Fuel”. Last year the …

Wisconsin Corn Celebrates New E85 Station

In E85, State Groups by Cindy

The Beaver Dam United Cooperative Cenex Convenience Store is giving away free gift cards this Saturday with qualified purchases of 85 percent ethanol fuel as part of a statewide celebration recognizing ethanol’s contribution to the state’s economy and improved air quality. During the Beaver Dam event, the first 85 Flex Fuel Vehicle (FFV) owners who purchase 8.5 gallons or more …

Mandating Flex-Fuel Vehicles is a Good Plan

In E85, Ethanol by Cindy

The idea of a mandate that all vehicles sold in the United States is gaining some traction, mainly due to the efforts of author and aerospace scientist Robert Zubrin and his book “Energy Victory.” Zubrin contends that by mandating that all new vehicles sold in the U.S. be flex fuel we would effectively break the economic stranglehold the oil cartel …

FlexFuel Ferrari

In E85, Ethanol, State Groups by Cindy

It’s all about being flexible at the 2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit – flexible fuel, that is. Take Ferrari, for example. The Associated Press picked up on the story that Ferrari is experimenting with ethanol to help its luxury sports cars produce lower emissions and improve fuel economy. Ferrari said Monday it developed an engine for …

Book Discusses Sustainability of Ethanol

In E85, Ethanol, Sustainability by Ken

Every now and then someone sends us at NCGA a book to read … and every now and then we actually get the chance to review it. A few weeks ago, we received Sustainable Ethanol, by the brothers Jeffrey and Adrian Goettemoeller. Ethanol will be big news in the years ahead, and this book helps lay out arguments why it …

Anti-ethanol baton passes to USA Today

In Current News, E85, Ethanol by Ken

The well-oiled anti-ethanol lobby apparently called the editors of USA Today and told them it was their turn today to jump on the attack, with a story on a weeks-old RAND Corporation report questioning the cost benefits of E85 fuel. A few points to consider: First, the science and technology behind biofuels and other alternatives is constantly shifting and improving, …

Corn Guy.tv

In Activism, E85 by Chuck

Those folks in Minnesota are getting serious about their corn (guy). America, meet a new superhero: Corn Guy, now seen on his own website: www.cornguy.tv. The Minnesota E85 Team asked Chuck Olsen, a well-known filmmaker and video blogger (“vlogger”) from Minneapolis to create the Corn Guy series as part of its viral video campaign. These are a series of short, …

Working For Cleaner Air in Minnesota

In E85, Environmental by Chuck

The American Lung Association of Minnesota has a YouTube video about their “Path to Cleaner Air” exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair. It focuses on how “Biofuels like E85 (ethanol) and biodiesel are making Minnesota’s air cleaner and greener.” Thanks to Bob Moffitt, Communications Director, Clean Fuels & Vehicle Technologies Program, American Lung Association of Upper Midwest, for bringing it …