Multi-Pronged Approach

By Hal Puchalski | October 14, 2010
Thanks for the interesting and informative article in the September issue. Increased crop yield and improved ethanol manufacturing efficiencies continue to make ethanol a more viable product in the marketplace. The improvement is uplifting and necessary as the industry grows. Perhaps it's time to take a more multi-prong approach in improving the average consumer's view on ethanol.

The average driver does not ponder the statistics behind the agricultural, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of ethanol. All they hear or think is that you get 20 to 30 percent less miles per gallon using that stuff and it destroys small engines. I've been purchasing ethanol (mostly E85) for quite a few years for my flex-fuel vehicles.

We need research and comment on the technological improvements in auto fuel efficiency as it relates to the use of ethanol in newer autos and trucks. Perhaps that is a little closer to the consumer's pocketbook than crop yields, distillers grains feed and gas production for the beverage industry.

Keep up the good work and spread the word. Ethanol ain't perfect, but it's ours!