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I'm with you on some of the points with ethanol. Pro..Years ago I got "on board" with the thought of making fuel from corn when I seen the huge amounts of corn piled on the ground near the elevators, then the argument for the ethanol was we could turn this potential waste into fuel. I gave it " 2 thumbs up" then. Con..Little did we know was how much energy it takes to produce ethanol not to mention the huge amounts of water it takes as well. Con..You can't run ethanol through pipe line..you have to truck it or go by rail...corrosive perhaps? Well now, we are raising corn for the main purpose of fuel. Has anyone experienced cheaper food prices in the past 5 years? How about gas prices? I say the cons out weigh the pros. I remember my grandfather back in the early '70s said when the catalytic converter in cars came out...he said "how do you get cleaner air by burning more fuel?" This is exactly what happened to the gas mileage of vehicles when they did this. He had a good point.

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