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THE ETHANOL BLEND WALL

How a Federal Policy Threatens a Key Wisconsin Industry and the Contents of Your Garage

April 29, 2015

Reprinted with permission from the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, Wisconsin Business Voice Magazine.

Debates about ethanol mandates get heated in a hurry. Proponents tout economic gains for corn growers, energy independence and environmental benefits. Critics charge that there’s an environmental cost to ethanol, that it drives up food prices and that shale oil has answered the energy independence question.

For Wisconsin’s small engine and outdoor power equipment manufacturers, their position on ethanol really comes down to this – product quality and consumer satisfaction. Regardless of possible benefits or detractions of ethanol, industry experts say one thing is clear; high concentrations of ethanol in gasoline threaten the reliability and performance of small engines. And that’s bad news for consumers and business.  Read more from the article here.