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Follow South Dakota’s Lead On Ethanol

Let drivers decide what blend is most economical

If the main question about allowing the use of higher blends of ethanol is whether or not they will damage engines, the federal government ought to follow South Dakota’s lead.


South Dakota lets drivers decide how much ethanol to use.


Gasoline pumps that allow motorists to select 10%, 20% or 30% ethanol blends, have long been available in Watertown, Britton and other South Dakota communities.


A lot of people have determined that 30% blend is the best buy.


No one has reported a run on repair shops, either.


The South Dakota Legislature also seems to have figured out how to fairly tax ethanol blends. It recently passed a bill that would tax ethanol at the wholesale, rather than the retail, level.


The South Dakota Corn Growers Association backs the ethanol industry’s recent call for higher blends.


“Allowing the use of higher blends of ethanol in existing fleets would simply give the ethanol industry a little more access to markets the oil industry has always enjoyed,” said Bill Chase, SDCGA president in a statement. “As corn growers, we fight for markets every day. This market is critically needed for the additional bushels of corn we will produce every year on the same acres.”

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