Minnesotans Can Celebrate Two Types of Independence This July 4th

Minnesotans Can Celebrate Two Types of Independence This July 4th

July 4th, 2019

“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival… It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade with shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

– John Adams

It’s not easy to guess how events in the present will be remembered in the future, but John Adams was right in guessing that the 4th of July would become a popular (and noisy) holiday for many Americans. Independence Day is also a good time to consider becoming a bit more independent of imported oil.

Here in Minnesota, most of the fuel we use is imported from Canada. While we are fond of our neighbors to the North, wouldn’t it better to use a fuel made right here, close to home? Ethanol blends not only burn cleaner than traditional petroleum fuels, they help to support our state’s economy and create jobs.

Minnesota has no oil wells, coal mines, or natural gas. Yet in a few decades, we have created a biofuels industry that produces more than a billion gallons of motor fuel every year. As we celebrate our independence as a nation, let’s also celebrate our growing independence from foreign oil.