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Too much misinformation

November 14, 2013

To the Editor: Living in the heart of farming country, I was disheartened to read your front page story from the Associated Press: “Ethanol comes with harsh costs....

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Nov-17-13 1:57 PM

I just have a hard time with that "stewards of the land" thing that I always hear. I'm not sure I agree that tilling up every spare inch of land, displacing native birds in the process, pouring anhydrous ammonia and other chemical fertilizers into the ground, and turning crops over as fast as they can is exactly being a "steward of the land." I'm not going to start on the ethanol thing - the only people that are pro-ethanol are the ones who are profiting from it, so there's no use in launching that argument. The US subsidizes it because Brazil produces it cheaper that we do, and subsidies are the only thing that keep the US producers competitive. Anyone who burns a food source for fuel when the world is full of starving families has got their priorities a little backward. In my opinion, of course.

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Nov-15-13 6:47 PM

No i don't have all the "facts" about ethanol. You probably don't either. You are correct the farmers are raking it in because of ethanol. Or at least they were for a while. No i would not be happy at 6 buck gas either. But if you actually believe that we would be at that number for a gallon of gas without this ethanol than you have been drinking too much of it. Or a member of the ethanol just told you that. And another thing... Remember everyone ******** about high gas when Bush/Cheney were in office??? What do the liberals ever say about what the price of gas is now with Obama in office? Or are you just used to paying it? And it is nice that the rich farmers can afford the fancy Government Motors pickups that get 18 miles per gallon and cost what some houses cost around here. Do they put E85 in them? I doubt it.

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Nov-15-13 10:05 AM

Do you think that the oil industry doesn't get subsidies?

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Nov-15-13 8:19 AM

If it has to rely on a subsidy, it's not worth it.

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Nov-15-13 7:15 AM

phoenix - what do you think the state of the local economy would be without the success of our local farmers? You complain about ethanol and blending but do you have all the facts? You are part of the same group that would be crying their eyes out if we didn't have ethanol and gas prices were 6 dollars/gallon.

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Nov-15-13 7:06 AM

A lot of folks around here who are otherwise conservative support ethanol as their way to get their hands on "the government's" money. What they don't realize is that it's their money, just filtered through the massive bureaucracy. Getting rid of ethanol subsidies will hurt, but not as much as the subsidies are hurting now.

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Nov-14-13 7:09 PM

I will celebrate when it is worth buying E85. it has been a total ripoff since day one. Price per gallon and the mileage. And since the oil companies blend it, you wont get it at a good price. Do the math. Give me gasoline that hasnt been messed with so I can get good mileage and keep your ethanol or turn it into something worthwhile like booze.

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