Last September, the Star Tribune did a series of articles on ethanol called The Great Corn Rush. I didn’t read the articles then but now that the issue is dominating here at Locally Grown, I’m suddenly interested. In case you’re like me, I thought I’d post the links to the articles, graphics, and video clips which all still available on their web site.
- The Great Corn Rush
- A big believer, bettor in ethanol: Since 1988, Ron Fagen’s firm has built about two-thirds of the U.S. capacity. The Minnesotan invested in plants, too, and has a huge stake in the industry.
- State taxpayers get a share of ethanol production bill: Subsidies that helped establish the industry are only starting to go away. Plants also get federal tax credits and local inducements.
- EPA looks to help the industry grow: The federal agency is proposing rule changes that would allow ethanol plants to more than double the amount of chemicals they put in the air. Opponents say the move would harm public health.
- Working in tandem: As ethanol booms, some question the extent of environmental review. One proposal has Minnesota officials closely aligned with a plant’s interests.
- How ethanol is made
- Refinery maps
- Ethanol from corn graphic
A month earlier, business columnist Neal St. Anthony wrote a column titled
- Ethanol is a partial solution to the nation’s petroleum addiction: Recent deals indicate that the ethanol industry is here to stay as investors pour money into production.
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