In a response to Todd Sneller's letter, "Ethanol the choice for many reasons," Steven McManus responded negatively and seemed to substitute fiction for fact to make his points ("Ethanol costly, inefficient," Sept. 10).
McManus took exception to the federal government's ongoing subsidies to the ethanol industry. In fact, federal ethanol incentives were designed to be temporary and expired nearly two years ago. On the other hand, direct petroleum industry subsidies have continued for about 100 years. In 2013, Big Oil will receive an estimated $5 billion.
McManus believes the addition of 10 percent ethanol to the fuel caused his vehicle to run “sluggish.” Currently, 80 percent of motor fuel sold in Nebraska is blended with ethanol. Twenty percent is straight gasoline. However, the tiny number of recorded fuel-related complaints are nearly evenly split between the two fuels. This suggests many complaints are highly subjective and unrelated to the fuel used. In fact, over the past 25 years, Nebraska motorists have logged more than 220 billion trouble-free miles with ethanol fuels and saved $127 million each year at the pump.
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McManus believes corn production is environmentally unfriendly and uses excessive amounts of groundwater. In fact, according to the Nebraska Corn Board, 87 percent of the U.S. corn crop is rain-fed, not irrigated.
McManus clearly is entitled to his opinion, but he should check the facts.
Todd Brodersen, longtime petroleum marketer, Hastings