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Ethanol 'One of the Most Hated Industries': CEO

CNBC -- Ethanol has been held up as a homegrown fuel which creates jobs and replaces foreign oiL.
It's also been criticized as a huge waste of food resources, benefiting corn farmers at the expense of livestock producers, all for a fuel that isn't very clean.
Lately, as corn prices have shot up in what some are calling the worst drought in a half century, there is more criticism than acclaim for ethanol.
"When you're in one of the most hated industries in the world, it's always interesting and always challenging," says Todd Becker, President and CEO of Green Plains Renewable Energy in Omaha, Nebraska.


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 8:10:04 AM

rumble, we know there isn't shortage, it's a shortage of care. Selling millions of tons of food grown in the US to places like China and India does create food shortage in the US and leaves many people hungry (as they are below the poverty line to start with - quite a disgrace for the world's leading country).
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rumbleseat
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2012 6:07:17 AM

"using food products to make fuel when there are so many going hungry in this country is just totally mind-boggling."

That anybody believes there is a shortage of food in the US is mind-boggling.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2012 4:56:23 AM

using food products to make fuel when there are so many going hungry in this country is just totally mind-boggling.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2012 4:55:43 AM

granitestater: I, for one, LIKE zucchini. Thank you very much.
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granitestater
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2012 1:14:39 AM

Now if only they made fuel out of zucchini. I would think it's a great idea!
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52MPG
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 11:39:35 PM

For good reason.
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Ply440GTX
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 8:47:02 PM

DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!

...and one of THE MOST HATED products!!!!!!!!

Just say NO to EtOH!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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ExplorerWA
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 8:28:55 PM

We don't need the ethanol but we do need the food.
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:36:01 PM

No ethanol for us.
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 6:54:58 PM

Banking has to be the most hated industry.
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 5:52:48 PM

I think we (US) have enough crude oil
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 5:14:43 PM

Do away with ethanol!
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CapriceWagon
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 4:50:00 PM

Just end the mandate and let the market decide
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 4:46:35 PM

Ok
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Gmsclecarparts
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 4:20:10 PM

RHX138 wrote "Nothing wrong with ethanol. What's bad for the United States of America is the stuff is made out of corn. There is a corn famine currently in progress. The massive drought hitting North America has killed corn cops as far as the eye can see. No corn = no food for people and no animal food. No corn = no ethanol. Dooh! Losing."

Burning our food supply is beyond ignorant, it's INSANE. Ethanol in our gasoline saves absolutely NOTHING. Reduced mileage & cost to produce far outweigh its use as a "substitute". When fully examined, ethanol as a fuel is just a feel good for the libtards & a profit center for the corn producers/ethanol industry.

Without millions of acres of sugarcane to process into ethanol or any other truly viable commercial cellulosic ethanol production, we will continue to suffer with mandated corn based ethanol. Higher prices for anything corn related along with the mandated mileage robbing E10 will continue, while the corn producers smile all the way to the bank.
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 4:17:05 PM

ok
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BobbyVA
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 4:05:30 PM

An now the Obama Admin's EPA wants to go to E95 a much more caustic form of ethanol. It may be forced on the masses by 2014 unless Congress can buck the EPA mafia.
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frugalking
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 3:59:11 PM

Whatever...look at the source of the article. CNBC...from NBC which helped bring us Communist in Chief Obama.
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 3:58:46 PM

Ethanol = Bad.
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THX138
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 3:57:26 PM

Nothing wrong with ethanol. What's bad for the United States of America is the stuff is made out of corn. There is a corn famine currently in progress. The massive drought hitting North America has killed corn cops as far as the eye can see. No corn = no food for people and no animal food. No corn = no ethanol. Dooh! Losing.
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 3:55:54 PM

Corn for food.
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saleboss
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 3:54:45 PM

Get rid of all the ethanol blends and make the engines more efficient!
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 3:53:15 PM

Let's harvest the methane from the cattle.
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30mpg80
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 3:51:40 PM

Hard to argue with that headline! Give me E0!
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 3:51:12 PM

somuch hate in america today
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 3:50:53 PM

we will pay, as always
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 3:49:50 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 3:49:40 PM

Ethanol sucks!!
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 3:48:43 PM

BAN ETHANOL NOW!
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Baron62nd
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 3:45:00 PM

It's at the top of my "Most Hated Industry", "Biggest Government Mistakes", and "Biggest Government Misinformation Lies" lists.
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tomok
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 3:41:23 PM

No Fuel from Food!
No Ethanol, No government subsidies, No Taxpayer money!
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, has a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money. Consider using other forms of less expensive transportation to lower your cost.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012!
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 3:41:06 PM

not good when farmers are whining about the biggest drought in 20-30 years trying to jack up their costs for korn.when we all know they use water wells to water their crops in drought periods. i guess they are misdirectiing those federl bail out funds into the wrong places instead of sinking some wells on their land to maintian their crops.blah blah blah it's all to drive up their profits.
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 3:40:59 PM

so what else is new
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 3:35:55 PM

ban for sure.
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 3:31:22 PM

Ethanol should be banned.
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bradley1969
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 3:30:00 PM

YEP!!!!!!!!
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nigelb
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 3:27:56 PM

A hated industry with good reason.
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 3:25:32 PM

Gas has gone up 20 cents in 2 days in Michigan.
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calripken_8
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 3:23:38 PM

Eat corn, don't burn it.
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 3:23:34 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 3:22:49 PM

Agreed. I despise ethanol blended fuel
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 3:22:46 PM

They need to change their source product the grows on land that corn does not.
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 3:22:08 PM

No corn, no fuel....
what's ya gona do?
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 3:21:09 PM

Todd Becker said "we're still in business today, our lights are still on, we're still going to be in business at the end of the year."

So, whats happening on Jan 1st 2013??

Give me E0.
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 3:18:25 PM

If we didn't export so much crude we wouldn't have to import so much either. And then we wouldn't have to burn ethanol because we are short on crude. What a mess we live in.
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 3:15:25 PM

would they be so keen to use it with a famine somewhere in the world
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 3:15:20 PM

Ok.
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 3:14:54 PM

Food or fuel - you can't have both without increased prices and shortages
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 3:11:18 PM

geez
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Get rid of the EPA
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 3:05:05 PM

Small wonder. It's artificial, and takes food away from the hungry.
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