FAIRMONT — With almost a full roster of employees, the Fairmont ethanol plant is back in business....
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Hmmm, huge amounts of natural gas consumed to distill ethanol. Large quantities of Diesel fuel burned by trucks delivering corn to the plant and then idling while waiting to unload. More thousands of gallons of Diesel burned by locomotives hauling the ethanol to distant markets, since ethanol cannot be transported in existing pipelines. Thousands of tons of petroleum-based fertilizer spread to grow more corn; then it washes down the Mississippi to add to the "Dead Zone" in the Gulf of Mexico. Your car's gas mileage going to pot when running on E85 (like, say, from 27 MPG down to 18 or 19). And how much ground water consumed every day? Ah yes! Isn't ethanol wonderful?!
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