Ethanol Critic’s Argument Relies on Faulty Information
by Kevin Skunes (InForum) In response to Ross Nelson’s “Ethanol? I’ll supply the shovels” column on Nov. 27, we should take a look at these issues using current and correct information.
…Corn-based ethanol is a viable energy source and can replace a significant portion of the 16 percent crude oil we get from the Mideast.
…Cellulosic ethanol is becoming more efficient to produce as different enzymes are discovered. There is also abundant wheat straw and corn stover in our area to use as stock for cellulosic ethanol.
…A recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture said corn-based ethanol has a net energy ratio of 2.3 to 1, meaning for every one unit of energy it takes to make ethanol, 2.3 units of energy are produced as ethanol.
…The EPA did a two-year study in which non-flex fuel vehicles, 2001 and newer used E15 and the study showed there was no damage to the cars. In fact, 2001 and newer vehicles that are approved for E-15 usage comprise 62 percent of the U.S. Fleet and consume 84 percent of the nation’s fuel supply.
…The North Dakota Corn Utilization Council, along with former governor, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., Gov. Jack Dalrymple, and the N.D. Department of Commerce are working together to get 400 flex fuel pumps across the state. To this date, over 170 flex fuel pumps have been installed at over 50 different locations. Since these pumps were installed consumers have chosen ethanol. READ MORE