My regular meetings with Governor Janklow. Early 1984 as a complete political novice I (orrie swayze) began to write my first three or four letters to the editor ever and they challenged Janklow's press statements discrediting ethanol as fuel. Then just out of the blue the Governor personally called to invite me to the Governor's office for a discussion. Completely surprised I accepted what turned out to be the first of more than several invitations usually before every summer study committee meeting on ethanol incentives. Basically started a two year working relationship.
South Dakota's desperation to move our rural economy out of 1985's high fuel prices,low grain prices ever deeper hole led to an exhaustive often contentious due diligence legislative debate: A remarkably successful big vision plan was created adding billions to our state economy. If reinstated to original intent it can again add billions more by leading to triple ethanol demand and those paying the tax being the biggest winners financially.
Opinion: Our gasoline market today is 90% gasoline and Brazil’s 75% gasoline but oil still supplies 99+% of transportation fuels worldwide. As we begin to net export oil, oil remains a mandated commodity nations will go to war to gain control of supplies. Evidence two Iraq wars including Afghanistan’s war continuing to kill and maim our soldiers while together plundering billions and billions of citizens’tax dollars.