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Your Opinion: Biomass duplicates ethanol folly

Your Opinion: Biomass duplicates ethanol folly

February 19th, 2011 by Barbara Beck, Holts Summit in News

Dear Editor:

Wake up Missourians. I knew it was just a matter of time before we would be asked to help fund more ethanol production and now it is coming in the form of yet another federally funded manifesto.

Is there not anyone else who sees that there is nothing good about ethanol? It costs more to produce then what you get back out of it. It is harmful to your engines. There is no benefit to putting it in the gas. There is a 10 to 15 percent reduction in gas mileage, which means we are putting more emissions into our atmosphere by using more fuel to go the same distance. I use non-ethanol gasoline when I can find it and pay 30 cents more per gallon, but I get that back in my gas mileage.

Why do you think it cost 30 cents more? Because they want you to buy the ethanol which does nothing. Why not have non-ethanol fuel tanks available at the regular gas prices and have one fuel tank with ethanol at their cost and see which would be consumed the most.

This is a business for the biomass industry and they are going to sell it again to you by saying it will benefit the farmers and bring more jobs to the area. The farmer is going to get his money for his corn, be it for food or fuel. Instead of using the corn to ship overseas to feed people, and keep some of our trade and balance, we are burning it up, for no benefit, except to the biomass industry, which is owned by a few. The investors of ethanol lost their you-know-whats, and are wanting you to bail them out.

Ask anyone, of the biomass industry the benefits of ethanol, and listen carefully to their response. Since there are no benefits from putting it in our gas tanks, one can only assume that there would be none for using it for heating and electricity.

If it is so great why mandate it?