Skip to comments.Corn shortage idles 20 ethanol plants nationwide
Posted on 02/11/2013 10:18:20 AM PST by thackney
The persistent drought is taking a toll on producers of ethanol, with corn becoming so scarce that nearly two dozen ethanol plants have been forced to halt production.
The Renewable Fuels Association, an ethanol industry trade group, provided data to The Associated Press showing that 20 of the nations 211 ethanol plants have ceased production over the past year, including five in January. Most remain open, with workers spending time performing maintenance-type tasks. But ethanol production wont likely resume until after 2013 corn is harvested in late August or September.
Industry experts dont expect a shortage millions of barrels are stockpiled and the remaining 191 plants are still producing. Still, there is growing concern about what happens if the drought lingers through another corn-growing season.
Theres a lot of anxiety in the industry right now about the drought and a lot of folks watching the weather and hoping and praying this drought is going to break, said Geoff Cooper, vice president for research and analysis for the Renewable Fuels Association.
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ethanol is and was and always will be a stupid idea
And corn fed beef is out of the question...
Not if you drink it!....................
Nuts, we need to quit selling so much corn to Latin nations, they're all overweight anyway.
The entire concept of burning food for fuel is wrong.
In all the Pro ethanol states, the ones that grow corn, you can buy straight gasoline for your lawn equipment.
Not in good ole Texas. I guess they figure everyone needs a new weed eater every two years.
Obviously, King Barrack will have to make it rain. No doubt he’ll announce that tomorrow night in the SOTUA.
If Iowa didn't have that stupid early Presidential caucus we wouldnt have to put up with this #$%&*!! For all his other shortcomings, at least McCain didn't kiss up to the corn farmers
... Which by the same token actually caused the corn shortage which is idling those same 20 ethanol plants. It's called an unintended consequence, a vicious cycle created by radical environmentalists.
Obama: the American Idle president.
You can get it in Texas, just not in the counties the EPA has banned it in (i.e., the cities and anywhere near a city).
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Idle them permanently. Corn is food, not fuel.
Turning food into costly and destructive ‘energy’ - perhaps best dubbed “THE SCAM WHAT AM”.
Would ethanol production be economically viable with out direct federal government involvement, i.e., forcing it upon consumers at bayonet point?
It’s all them damn deer hunters in Texas’s fault, I go through about 4,000 lbs a month.