Last November, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed deep cuts in the amount of corn ethanol to be blended into this year’s gasoline supply, and is expected to send final proposed targets to the White House this month.
Reducing our nation’s renewable fuel targets as laid out in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) would be a major blow to the advancement of renewable fuels.
By lowering RFS targets, the EPA sends a clear message to investors, consumers and rural communities that they are no longer interested in the environmental and economic benefits of obtaining a cleaner, secure and renewable transportation fuel supply.
Targets for corn ethanol have been reached every year since the RFS was enacted in 2005. In 2012, corn ethanol reduced the need for imported oil by more than 462 million barrels and greenhouse gas emissions from on-road vehicles by 33.4 million tons, the equivalent of removing 5.2 million cars from the road for one year.
In Ohio, corn ethanol has created a significant new industry, with nearly all of its impressive growth coming in the past decade thanks to two key factors: agricultural advancements that have led to record corn yields supplying more than enough corn for food, feed and fuel, and support from the RFS.
According to a recent study from Ohio State University, the ethanol industry supports more than 13,000 Ohio jobs and has invested $2.8 billion in the state since 2008.
These are big numbers for our state’s economy, and each gallon of corn ethanol has ripple effects throughout rural economies. The same OSU report found that for every job created in direct corn ethanol production, nearly five are created in rural industries.
Consumers are also enjoying lower prices at the pump thanks to corn ethanol. A study by Iowa State University and the University of Wisconsin found that in 2011, domestic corn ethanol production helped keep gasoline prices $1.09 lower per gallon, saving the average U.S. household $1,200 per year.
Consumers deserve the choice of using a cleaner, secure, renewable and more affordable transportation fuel like corn ethanol. In fact, a 2013 Fuels America poll found that eight out of 10 U.S. adults want E15 at their local gas station, a renewable fuel that contains 15 percent corn ethanol and 85 percent gasoline.
Ohio’s first E15 station opened in January in Liberty Center, selling E15 at significantly less than regular unleaded. Approved for all vehicles made from model year 2001 and beyond, E15 can be used by about 80 percent of vehicles on the road today.
Producing fuel that has been grown here is paying dividends for Ohioans and consumers across the country. The RFS is clearly achieving what it set out to do. It is providing a renewable, cleaner alternative to gasoline, lessening our dependence on foreign oil and supporting job growth throughout rural America. Don’t lower the RFS.
Tadd Nicholson
executive director
Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association

Regarding an article in Saturday’s Weekend section about the sixth annual Wine Festival at Findlay’s Riverside Park: Alcoholic beverages were illegal at the park until 2011, when the rules were changed for “special events” (see Page 5 of City of Findlay Park Properties and Recreation Facilities).
Our city and county parks are great places for recreation and family fun times. Alcohol and other drugs should not be permitted in them at any time or for any event.
Alvera Sams

Recently on Facebook, I came across a post, “Remember the Monarch butterfly?”
I have taken it upon myself to do what I can to bring the urgent plight of this beautiful pollinator, so vital to Earth, to the attention of others.
I am doing what I can, too. I have planted 56 milkweed seeds, and over 20 perennial flower varieties native to northwestern Ohio.
Our pollinators, such as the Monarch and honeybees, need these plants to thrive. Without pollinators like them, one-third of our food crops would vanish from our Earth! Within four years, humans would starve.
So, I am sending this information on. I hope you will share it and see how necessary it is that we act now. Each of us must be the change we want to see in our world. We are the keepers of Earth’s garden. Let us each do what is in our power to prevent further extinction of what has been given us.
Deborah Meyer

The cruel cartoon in The Courier on Monday, of a person congratulating a youth for not being shot and graduating, was cruel to anyone who has lost a child in any way.
Was it supposed to be funny? It wasn’t. Sarcasm? Why? It was anti-gun. Not pro-child.
If guns are committing crimes and not people, I guess it’s doctors’ fault for killing unborn babies.
We are individuals. We are all responsible for what we do. Maybe you could have a cartoon congratulating seniors for “living” through texting while driving.
How about drugs and alcohol? Is that no longer a youth problem? Teen births? No problem. Dropping out of school? Hey, at least you were not shot.
Americans need to look at their own lives and stop pointing fingers. It’s easy to blame guns, because we Americans love to point fingers at the easiest thing to blame. Especially since guns can’t point fingers back.
The cartoon was clearly anti-gun.
Scott Williamson