Ethanol 101

Connecticut, New York, and California are working to remove the gasoline additive methyl tertiary butyl ether from the gasoline blending pool and replace it with fuel-grade ethanol.The Oxygenated Fuels Association (OFA) thinks that's a bad idea and recently said as much to the US District Court of New York. OFA contends that replacing MTBE with ethanol would harm air quality, worsen purported global warming, and lead to higher gasoline prices (OGJ, Dec. 8, 2003, p. 28). Click here to enlarge imageBut Dick Sterrett, a lifelong farmer, begs to differ. Sterrett is CFO at Western Plains Energy LLC, a private company currently building a 30 million gal/ year ethanol plant in Gove County, ...

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