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E85 for Just $0.85 in Kearney

KEARNEY, Neb. – Flex fuel vehicle drivers can take advantage of huge savings with E85 for just 85 cents at Pump & Pantry (4311 N 2nd Ave.) in Kearney from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, July 28. Consumers will be limited to 30 gallons and no containers are allowed.

The fuel promotion is sponsored by Nebraska Ethanol Board, Nebraska Corn Board and Bosselman Enterprises. Sponsors will be on site greeting drivers, pumping fuel and providing giveaways and coupons. The promotion is being held in conjunction with the King of the Corn ethanol drag races at Kearney Raceway Park July 30 and the Buffalo County Fair.

One in seven Nebraskans are driving a flex fuel vehicle, which can run on any blend of American Ethanol up to E85 (85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline). Drivers can check their owner’s manual to see if they’re driving a flex fuel vehicle.  The vehicle might also have a flex fuel badge on the trunk or tailgate — or have a yellow gas cap.

With a flex fuel vehicle, drivers can choose any ethanol blend up to E85 including E10, E15, E30 or E85. American Ethanol is a clean-burning, non-toxic, renewable source of octane. Using homegrown ethanol reduces the levels of harmful chemicals in our fuel — and in the air we breathe.

Ethanol Reduces Emissions: Clean Fuels Development Coalition

Original article published by Biofuels Digest.

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Doug Durante, CFDC

BUDAPEST, Hungary, November 6, 2015:  In a presentation to the World Ethanol & Biofuels Conference here this week, delegates from Europe , Asia and the United States were urged to recognize the positive role of ethanol by replacing the toxic, carcinogenic compounds prevalent in gasoline .

Clean Fuels Development Coalition Executive Director Douglas Durante said as a way for ethanol to find value beyond limitations of government imposed limits, both in the EU and the U.S., the focus should be on providing clean, low carbon octane to help meet health, climate and efficiency goals.

In the wake of continuing revelations regarding the Volkswagen emissions problems, Durante said this should lead air quality officials around the world to look again at the often erroneous assumptions and  calculations used in determining emissions.  Further, a better understanding of the importance of looking at fuels and vehicles as an integrated system would tell a far more positive story than what many current, and outdated models would indicate.

“Despite the lies and the misinformation spread by the petroleum industry, ethanol is a superior fuel and additive to anything out of the oil barrel.  Gasoline is a mix of hundreds of different chemicals and hydrocarbons, the worst of which are the toxic, often carcinogenic aromatics,” said Durante. “In the Unites States, EPA is actually required to reduce these harmful components and if we were allowed to splash blend additional volumes of ethanol we would be able to improve fuel quality and protect public health.”

Durante also told the delegates that despite the challenges facing the biofuels industry in regard to political and public support, solutions exist that can easily surmount the imaginary blend wall.

“The auto industry continually recognizes the value of ethanol in reducing carbon emissions while providing the octane they need,” Durante said. “Positive discussions among the ethanol, agriculture and auto industries as well as the Departments of Energy and Agriculture are focusing on blends of 25, 30 and even 40 percent in the next decade.”

Durante noted hundreds of millions of dollars are being invested in fueling infrastructure and the industry is working to provide consumers with choice by creating access to the market.

“With vehicles that can use ethanol, and the ability to distribute the fuel, the potential is nearly unlimited for both first and second generation fuels. The opposition to these programs is all about lost market share to the petroleum industry which admittedly funds the opposition we see in all of our countries,” Durante said. “Working together we can tell the real story and how biofuels provide a wealth of environmental, energy and economic benefits.”

Ethanol’s Bright Future

The following is a Public Pulse submission from the Omaha World-Herald that was published Nov. 4, 2015.

The Oct. 28 World-Herald editorial “Ethanol sector ups and downs” did a great job of explaining what a powerful economic growth engine the $5 billion ethanol industry has been for Nebraska and the nation.

Yet, despite its many benefits, the U.S. ethanol industry stands at a critical juncture. The Environmental Protection Agency plans to dismantle the industry’s cornerstone, the Renewable Fuels Standard, blaming what it falsely claims is an “intractable E10 Blend Wall.” However, Congress has instructed the EPA to protect Americans’ health and environment by using more ethanol to replace toxic compounds that comprise 30 percent of a typical gallon of gasoline.

Compared to poisonous lead and carcinogenic benzene-based octane boosters that the oil industry prefers, ethanol is a superior gasoline octane booster. Today’s cars require higher octane for better efficiency and lower emissions. The U.S. Department of Energy recently singled out E30 blends as the best way for automakers to get the higher-octane gasoline they need. Premium E30 blends would save consumers at the pump, and substantially reduce harmful emissions.

Thousands of Americans like me prove every day that standard vehicles — without modification — run better on high-octane E30 blends compared to traditional gasoline.

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David Hallberg

Ethanol’s best days are just around the corner, as high-octane E30 blends expand nationwide to benefit automakers, consumers, the environment and the Midwestern economy.

David Hallberg, Omaha

Director, Siouxland Ethanol plant board

Omaha-Council Bluffs Region Meets New Ozone Standard

The following article came from the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Planning Agency Oct. 1, 2015.

Omaha, NE-Oct. 1, 2015 – The Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area meets the new ground-level ozone standard released today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA announced this afternoon that it strengthened the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone to 70 parts per billion (ppb) from 75 ppb to protect public health. The Douglas County Health Department monitors ground-level ozone for the region and reports the area is in compliance with the new standard.

 
In recent years, ozone levels in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area have ranged in the upper 60s, though it does rise into the 70s range at times. The Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) coordinates “Little Steps. Big Impact,” an ozone education and awareness program aimed at helping mitigate the ozone problem in the metro area.

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“The new national air quality standard for ozone means it is all the more important that the metro area continues to work to retain its clean air status both for the competitive advantage it provides and for the health of residents,” said Greg Youell, MAPA Executive Director.

Some of the “Little steps” citizens are asked to do to help reduce ground-level ozone include:
1. Driving less by biking, walking, taking public transit, and carpooling
2. Refueling at dusk or nighttime to avoid greater loss of fuel through evaporation
3. Choosing cleaner-burning fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel
4. Not idling a vehicle for more than 30 seconds
5. Capping all paints, solvents, and cleaners
6. Using electric or manual lawn equipment when possible, or using it during cooler hours of the day

 
Elevated ozone concentrations could pose a risk to the health of those with chronic respiratory problems, such as asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis, and could carry greater regulatory consequences for the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area if it does not meet federal air quality standards.

 
Ground-level ozone is formed when several common airborne pollutants, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and nitrogen oxides (NOx), react with sunlight and heat. Vehicle exhaust and petroleum evaporative loss are the largest source of these pollutants. For more information, visit littlestepsbigimpact.com or www.douglascountyhealth.com.