Corn Grower President Stresses Ethanol Issues

Darrin IhnenEthanol issues were in the spotlight when National Corn Growers Association president Darrin Ihnen of South Dakota took the stage at the Commodity Classic general session on Friday.

Ihnen talked about the importance of using higher blends of ethanol in the fuel supply. “The EPA is studying the issue and everything they’ve indicated to this date looks very promising,” said Ihnen. “They said it will probably be late summer now and we are very hopeful it will come then.” He says that is a top priority for corn growers and “this is a game changer” that will give them an opportunity to use more corn.

Ihnen also talked about the climate change issue and other important issues during an interview with session moderator Mark Mayfield which is available in the player below.

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7 thoughts on “Corn Grower President Stresses Ethanol Issues

  1. The “apparachniks” of the corn group – and other mouthpiece units of the ADM-led ethanol lobby obviously haven’t listened to Iowa where last week the state senate rejected a 10% ethanol mandate. Iowa – the number one producer of ethanol- and the largest corn growing state–gives ethanol a thumbs down, so what does that portend for higher blends and mandates at the national level? Iowa farmers know ethanol is a scam and that’s why they don’t want to use it in their vehicles–even as ethanol juggernaut tries to force its use in motorist rich coastal states.

    “Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus”- False in one thing,
    False in all

  2. Nicholas Hollis has some warped views on ethanol. He relies on false information, omission, and a lack of understanding of ethanol dynamics. And because of this, he makes false claims through his fanatical anti-ethanol agenda. Ethanol is Not a scam. The truth is, this year, roughly 13 billion gallons of clean burning American ethanol, derived mostly from the starch in domestic corn and sorghum, will displace millions of barrels of unsustainable imported oil and the pollution that comes with it. This offsets farm support payments, expands the ethanol job sector, generates multiple levels of tax revenue, and provides significant economic stimulus and National Security.

    His second false claim is that, because Iowa did not pass their current ethanol bill, the state doesn’t support the fuel. Nothing could be further from the truth. There is always political haggling and logistics to work out, before final legislation passes. The integration of corn, livestock, and ethanol is the backbone of Iowa’s economy, and Iowa fully supports ethanol use.

    The 45 cent per gallon ethanol blending subsidy pays for itself many times over, and is no burden to the taxpayer (Jeff Broin). This is especially true when locally produced and consumed ethanol is dispensed in blender pumps, where all or part of the blender’s credit is passed on to the consumer. The benefit is cheaper fuel. Without adding ethanol to gasoline, we would pay more at the pump and be totally at the mercy of the price-fixing oil monopoly.

    Ethanol puts downward pressure on the cost of transportation fuels and lowers the cost of living. It has a minor impact on the cost of livestock feed and food prices (Dr. Antonio Bento, Cornell University). Crude oil and commodities speculation, causing higher prices for transportation fuels, has the biggest impact. 75% of corn demand is due to the demand for livestock feed, not ethanol. The starch that is removed from 1 out of 4 bushels of feed corn, is offset by high protein byproduct distillers grains, a superior feed product. It’s also offset by the 7% extraction of corn oil based biodiesel feedstock (GreenShift). Corn cobs and stover converted to cellulosic ethanol, adjacent to existing corn ethanol refineries, will also enhance the use of the grain. Hollis apparently does Not understand the economics.

    Furthermore, what Nicholas Hollis omits is that ALL of the energy sectors are subsidized by the government: coal, nuclear, natural gas, wind, solar, and especially the well established oil industry, which takes the lion share of government subsidies. In fact, big oil subsidies, which increase the “hidden cost” of crude oil, are 6 times higher than ethanol subsidies. And that is obfuscated by the Foreign Oil Investment Tax Credit, which actually makes it more lucrative for oil companies to invest in foreign oil rather than domestic oil.

    Nicholas Hollis apparently does Not want us to pursue energy independence. Perhaps he wants America to stay hooked on imported foreign oil, which accounts for $350 to 400 billion a year of our unsustainable trade deficit. We pay for this with interest bearing debt instruments added to the National Debt. The next time crude oil hits $147 a barrel and pushes higher yet, it would be foolish not to have alternative fuels in place. Ethanol is here now, and it’s the best thing we have, until next generation biofuels and synthetic fuels are mass produced. Even then, corn and sorghum based ethanol will be further evolved and better integrated. They’re Not going away any time soon.

    Ethanol is also a very effective oxygenator that cleans-up the unburned toxic residues in gasoline. Otherwise you would be breathing them. Ethanol is a much cleaner burning fuel than conventional fuels, and it’s derived mostly from recycled CO2, in contrast to the newly mined carbon in dirty fossil fuels.

    Nicholas Hollis makes a reference to the ethanol law suit against California ARB rules. However those rules violate Federal Interstate Commerce Law, and they are also based on invalid international indirect land use theory, which is Not scientifically proven or properly peer reviewed. C-ARB wants to blackball cleaner burning out of state domestic ethanol, in order to protect their own instate oil industry that produces dirty fossil fuels. That will only increase the cost of transportation fuels and add to the state’s deep economic problems. And it won’t clean-up the air in California. Who is C-ARB and Nicholas Hollis trying to fool. His so called transparency project is nothing but a “Propaganda Project”.

  3. I wonder if the Webmasters on this and other articles notice from what region the comments come from. In this case, I would not be surprised if “Nicholas Hollis” originates from the Middle East, or any other country we import government-subsidized, military-won petroleum from. If NH truly is an American citizen, then I am saddened by his lack of knowledge. What the heck kind of statement is “Iowa farmers know ethanol is a scam…” No way, it’s not the grain farmers that are against ethanol; mostly the larger portion of the uneducated (on this topic) population in the cities. And a few folks from the Middle East…and oil company investors…and those who would prefer some other alternative than ethanol…and in general a bunch of folks more interested in their own pocketbook than the good of the American public.

  4. Dear Sacramento E85 promoter and all other (ADM sponsored) ethanol shills:

    There are many who see Nicholas Hollis as a courageous patriot (seems he comes from a long line of them- check the Heritage Preservation Project). Hollis stands for the true American agriculture – but not some subsidized distortion that requires $4.18 per gallon plus forced mandates to sneak into the gas supply- pushing up food/feed prices and reducing transport economies by corroding vehicle engines and cutting gas mileage, while polluting the environment with carcinogetic smog. Hollis spoke out more than twenty years ago when the ag subsidy “machine” spun out of control – and ADM-led politicians begn searching for”creative ways”to get rid of corn surplus (another distortion produced by too much subsidy). Now our American diet is pumped through with unhealthy Hi-fructose corn syrup – another by-product of the ethanol surge– and our kids are suffering – likely to be the first generation with lower life expectancies than their parents.

    Everyone wants to see more energy independence but ethanol isn’t helping us move in that direction – just the opposite. In the thirty years ADM has been pushing it via numerous phony trade and so-called “renewable energy” groups- we’ve become more reliant on overseas origined energy.

    Your twisted assault on Nicholas Hollis is pure demagoguery.
    Get your hand out of the ethanol till – and wise up.

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