READERS SPEAK OUT ABOUT ETHANOL

I read your “You're Not Being Duped” piece in the August issue. It seems like we are seeing more and more of these ethanol-bashing articles lately, or is it my imagination? Wall Street Journal had an article recently. And a guest host on the Rush Limbaugh show recently spent about an hour bashing ethanol as a bad fuel and a bad idea.

I recently did a Google search on ethanol. One of the first results is a sponsored site called Zfacts.com. You need to look at it. It uses some convoluted reasoning to conclude that a gallon of ethanol is the equivalent of $7.78/gal. gasoline.

My theory is that the oil companies are behind all of these efforts, but that is just a guess. Do you have any idea why we are seeing all of this misinformation? Or maybe I am just more sensitive to it now.

I enjoy your magazine. I feel it's one of the best out there. Thanks,
Dave Cole
Henry County, IL, farmer

Great essay in the August Digest!

You did a fantastic job of explaining the bias that some individuals and groups have. I assume Forbes has been challenged on the mentioned story.

When Brookings County was going through the permitting process for VeraSun many people cited similar figures as reason to deny permitting. Interesting how some refuse to be objective and focus on a personal agenda. Thanks and keep up the good work.
Darrell Nelson
Brookings, SD

I read your editorial in the August issue of The Corn and Soybean Digest with interest. I, too, read the Forbes article with great consternation. Having a pro-ethanol/biodiesel article in an agricultural publication, however, is like preaching to the choir. The correct information needs to be presented to business publications such as Forbes, Business Week, Fortune, Wall Street Journal, etc. and their readers.

I have been a subscriber to Forbes for 40 years and have always thought that Steve Forbes, even more so than his late father Malcolm, is very knowledgeable and open to new concepts and ideas. He and the publishers and editors of other business publications are very influential in this country. A concerted effort by the leading agricultural publications and organizations to get these business publications on the side of biofuels could provide a tremendous push to get both the public and Congress to realize that there is an alternative to dependence on the Middle East and its oil.

The time is right. In fact, there has never been a better time. The movement has to be spearheaded by agricultural leaders with the new and accurate data. The agricultural grassroots, such as myself, will follow with fervor.
Sincerely,
John Mundy, Mundy, Inc.
Waynesboro, GA

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