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Letter: Ethanol is the best renewable energy source

To the Editor:

To answer Pat Vary and the Daily Chronicle Editorial Board (“Don’t close door on wind power, page 12, April 14): We don’t need wind turbines as we have a renewable fuel source that farmers grow every year, ethanol from corn and soy diesel made from soybeans.

Farmers raise these crops every year, and big oil fights farmers all the time. They don’t want to see a higher blend of ethanol in their fuels.

E85 fuel is made from corn, but very few gas stations will handle E85. They say you don’t get as good gas mileage with your car, but look at the cheaper price E85 sells for.

Even if big oil would blend 15 percent or 20 percent ethanol blend in their fuel, you could save a lot of fossil fuel. And ethanol burns cleaner.

I know smaller engines have some problems with ethanol. But there are ways to correct that, or buy recreational fuel.

Just think of all the green corn and green soybeans. Have you heard of photosynthesis, the process that occurs in green plants? Think of all the carbon dioxide taken in and the oxygen that’s given off.

How much oxygen are those steel wind machines going to give off?

Farmers have their ups and downs, and it would be nice if everyone would use the renewable fuels that we have right here.

Support farmers, and do not use all those fossil fuels from big oil.

I just don’t want to see the best farm ground in DeKalb County get ruined.

We really need to stop all kinds of building on this rich soil. Once it’s gone, there is no bringing it back.

Vernon F. Johnson


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