The writer, of St. Paul, Neb., is chairman of the Nebraska Corn Board.
Having products considered “local” is very important to people today. And no product is more “local” to Nebraska and the Midwest than our home-grown, renewable fuel: ethanol.
Nebraskans who use ethanol or own a flexible-fuel vehicle (FFV) have options at the pump to save money. Flex-fuel vehicles are able to operate on any blend of ethanol and gasoline up to E85, a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. Flex-fuel vehicle owners can fill up with any blend in any amount at any time.
Since ethanol is priced lower than gasoline, the higher the ethanol blend, the lower the price.
As gas prices rise, the cost of E85 has become even more attractive. When you are filling up your flex-fuel vehicle, look at the price of E10, E30, E85 and other ethanol blends to save money. Even with some reduction of mileage with the use of E85, it may still be economical for flex-fuel vehicles to use E85 and other ethanol blends. When using E85, tracking the cost per mile is more important and economical than the miles per gallon.
When you fill up your flex-fuel vehicle with E85 and other ethanol blends, you’re strengthening Nebraska’s economy, making our country more energy independent and helping the environment. Flex-fuel pumps that offer higher ethanol blends are helping the nation move past the E10 blend wall.
We really have a good thing going. And now the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to cut back on our nation’s commitment to renewable fuels?
EPA is proposing to reduce the amount of corn ethanol in our nation’s fuel supply by 1.4 billion gallons in 2014 as prescribed by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) passed by Congress.
Continuing our nation’s commitment to a diverse and domestic fuel supply is good for all Americans. It’s good for our economy, our energy security, our environment, our rural communities and American agriculture — that’s local.
Nebraska agriculture is the economic engine that powers Nebraska. The EPA’s proposal would be harmful not only to corn farmers but to the economy as a whole.
If you agree that the EPA is overstepping its authority — and that maintaining our nation’s commitment to renewable fuels is a good thing — then share your comment with the EPA today. We have until today to comment, and you can do so by visiting NebraskaCorn.org.
The RFS is one of the most successful federal initiatives in recent history. It has done exactly what it was designed to do: Reduce our reliance on imported oil, re-energize our rural economy, lower fuel prices, increase choices at the pump, improve air quality and create jobs.
Send in your comment today.