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Say no to reducing ethanol production

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To the editor:

Minnesota, along with much of the Midwest, is opposed to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent proposal to reduce the amount of ethanol blended into the nation’s gasoline supply in 2014 by 10 percent. I’ve spoken with many farmers in our area who have said if this recent proposal is enacted, it will be damaging to them and the local economy.

Essentially, the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) requires that ethanol make up 10 percent of the gasoline supply. This mandate led to numerous ethanol plants being built across the Midwest, many of them right here in our region. In fact, more than 400,000 Americans depend on renewable fuels for good paying jobs, and according to the Renewable Fuels Association, 44,500 of these jobs could be lost due to the proposed EPA rule.

At a time when Minnesota’s economy is in recovery and making gains, it’s a poor time for the EPA to be making decisions that will jeopardize our growth. The loss of these ethanol-producing jobs would be detrimental to farmers and small communities across our region. The RFS mandate has injected much-needed competition into the fuel market, improved the environment and made America more energy independent. Let’s not move in a backwards direction.

I encourage you to write a letter to the EPA and tell them why this proposal would be detrimental to people in our region. For more information, visit www.growthenergy.org.

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