Scare Tactics: Every Day is Halloween When You’re Big Oil

Scare Tactics: Every Day is Halloween When You’re Big Oil

The scare tactics used against unleaded 88 (E15) by the American Petroleum Institute (API) and their proxies are downright…well…scary. They say, do, or use almost anything to vilify the Renewable Fuel Standard and biofuels–particularly fuel ethanol‒in order to maintain a stranglehold monopoly on the U.S. fuel market. Yes, we get it. The oil industry doesn’t want to give up that monopoly nor allow access to the century-long control of the nation’s fuel supply. And the renewable folks, such as Minnesota-based ethanol producers and farmer-owned cooperatives, keep fighting to offer us their high-octane, non-petroleum, renewable-based option. As consumers we demand choices […]

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Fifth Anniversary of Minnesota’s First E15 Station

Minnesota is one of the leading ethanol-producing states in the United States, and has long been number one in retail locations selling E85, the ethanol blend intended for flex fuel vehicles only. Lately, it’s another blend of ethanol that is really building momentum in Minnesota: 88 Octane. The history of 88 Octane gasoline (also known as E15) in Minnesota is something to behold. In a matter of five years, Minnesota has opened more E15 retail locations than any other state. It is an example of how policy, consumer demand, and a responsive industry can thrust a fledgling idea into the limelight. The E15 boom […]

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The Process of Ethanol Production

Minnesota is a national leader in ethanol production, and as a result, Minnesota has more E85 and E15 fueling stations than any other state. Ethanol is big business here in Minnesota, but what exactly is ethanol and how it is it made? Today, the last day of National Chemistry Week, presents a great opportunity to learn about the process of making ethanol. The goal of National Chemistry Week is to promote the value of chemistry in everyday life – and what a role ethanol plays in our everyday lives! Even if you aren’t aware of it, most of us use […]

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Respiratory Care Week: A Good Time To Care About Our Fuel, Air

Did you know this week in October is Respiratory Care Week? It’s a time that celebrates both people who live with respiratory illness and the many dedicated health professionals who care for them. Clean air is important for everyone’s health, but especially for those already dealing with a lung disease. Here in Minnesota, the largest source of air pollution is tailpipe emissions from vehicles. That’s why the American Lung Association began working with cleaner fuels like ethanol 20 years ago. The state’s oldest health charity continues to recognize ethanol blends like E85 as a Clean Air Choice® for Minnesota drivers. […]

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