Ethanol & Racing by Bobby Rahal

Chuck Zimmerman

Bobby Rahal, Rahal-Letterman Racing, was our luncheon speaker today. Bobby says that racing has always been the place that auto manufacturers have experimented with various technologies and fuel is no exception. He says that with the Indy Racing League moving to 100% ethanol this year and with the American Le Mans Series moving to a blend of ethanol that the …

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Understanding Alternative Fuels Policy Proposal

Chuck Zimmerman

Here at the National Ethanol Conference we got some policy information you might find helpful to understand the President’s proposal on alternative fuels. With policy playing such an important role in the growth and development of the ethanol industry it was necessary to get the perspective from one of the government agencies that has a significant role in regulation. To …

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A Global Perspective on Ethanol

Chuck Zimmerman

We had a special presentation this morning at the National Ethanol Conference from former U. S. Trade Representative and now partner in the firm of Mayer, Brown, Rowe and Maw LLP, Mickey Kantor. Kantor spoke on the subject of “Understanding Ethanol in a Global Marketplace.” He provided an interesting and at times amusing perspective on the subject. You can listen …

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A Rousing Speech From the DOE

Chuck Zimmerman

The Honorable Alexander Karsner, Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U. S. Department of Energy, was the keynote speaker at today’s National Ethanol Conference general session. Karsner talks about the unprecedented calls to policy and calls to action and an accelerated time frame when it comes to resolving the issue of our addiction to foreign oil, a term …

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The State of the Ethanol Industry

Chuck Zimmerman

The Reverend of Renewable Fuels and the President/CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, Bob Dinneen, gave his annual State of the Ethanol Industry speech this morning here at the National Ethanol Conference. Bob says that “We have met the nattering nabobs of negativity, and we have soared.” In a word, he says the ethanol industry is sound. You can listen …

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RFA Chairman Opens Conference

Chuck Zimmerman

The opening general session is in progress here at the National Ethanol Conference. Welcoming everyone was Ron Miller, Chairman of the Renewable Fuels Association. Ron says 2006 was a “year to remember” in the ethanol industry. He remembered the days when the business wasn’t like it is today. He credits much of the success of the industry to the companies …

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Ethanol Enhances Explorer’s Education Efforts

Cindy Zimmerman

In this edition of “Fill Up, Feel Good” we explore an explorer’s efforts to educate people about global climate change and how ethanol is helping. Artic explorer Will Steger is leading a 1200-mile, four-month-long dogsled expedition across the Canadian Arctic’s Baffin Island. Ethanol plant builder Fagen, Inc., and the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council are the primary sponsors of Global …

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Gearing Up For Fleets in Anaheim

Chuck Zimmerman

The Alternative Fuels and Vehicles National Conference & Expo 2007 is coming up fast. It’s not too late to get registered though. To learn more about the event which was previously known as the Clean Cities Congress I interviewed Kimberly Taylor, with the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute that coordinates the event. I saw Kimberly at the recent National Biodiesel Conference. …

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Ethanol Not to Blame for Tortilla Prices

Cindy Zimmerman

Rising tortilla prices in Mexico are not the result of increased U.S. ethanol production or U.S. corn prices, according to the CEO of the National Corn Growers Association. Rick Tolman told grain and livestock producers meeting in central Missouri Wednesday that lots of things are being blamed on ethanol that are undeserved and one of them is the price of …

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