Governor Janklow: Friend of SD Ethanol

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.

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Kiel ZinterComment
Petroleum Tax that Pays Consumers

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.

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Our E15 “FIRST” Marketing Catastrophe

You Can Save $4 to $15 Per Tank!!!

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.

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Our Dangerous Worldwide Oil Mandate

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 citizen’s tax dollars.

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EPA's Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Welcome to SD Farmers Union's sdethanolhistory.com web site documenting the remarkable history that created SD ethanol policy and its also remarkable impact on national ethanol/energy policy.

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Kiel Zinter
South Dakota Ethanol Policy Genius

Senator Jason Frerichs defeated SB 210 was going to use remaining funds of our remarkably successful one cent/gallon pipeline tax on SD imported petroleum to build a SD blender pump infrastructure. Apparently a weak compromise was worked out later in the session: 

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Kiel Zinter
EPA Agents Raid Watertown Blender Pumps

Epa has never fined anyone for using or selling E30. Early after blenders were installed, an Epa government agent enforcement crew announced in an almost threatening manner they were going to Watertown's Cenex location adjacent to the interstate. This station is the symbolic nation's first, longest operating, always busy, multiple blender pump location. 

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Kiel Zinter
Governor Bill Janklow(R): SD Ethanol's best Unrecognized Friend

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. 

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Kiel Zinter
Foreign Oil Funds Terrorism SD VFW

When ethanol proponents were blending half E85 and gasoline in their standard autos as expected our oil intimated culture shunned such behavior as against the law thus un-American. We wondered if we could get the VFW involved? I had read some national VFW resolutions saying they liked made in the USA energy supplies to break our dependence on foreign oil. 

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Gov Rounds Illegal Double Tax on E30

Rounds has a history of supporting oil interests and their money supported efforts to team with all levels of government to crush free and open markets for auto fuels particularly E30: South Dakota's precedent setting installation of the nation's first blender pumps along with Epa and local governments exposing big oils myths about E30 will open auto fuels markets to standard auto owners. Free enterprise could then go to work to transition our entire gasoline pool to auto makers defined and requested high octane premium E30. 

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SD Senator DasChle Still Leads

SD senator Daschle led efforts to create the oxygen requirement followed by the Renewable Fuels Standard largely authored by his friend and ethanol consultant Dave Hallberg. They moved the ethanol industry to where it is today. 

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Kiel Zinter
South Dakota Rural Democrats Lead a 'Sharp Turn' in Business Policy

Merle Anderson, the 65 year old founder of American Coalition for Ethanol now 94, is actively supportingTom Daschle's new High Octane Low Carbon fuel alliance. "My understanding this high octane low carbon fuel is just a fancy title for E30's high octane fuel. I have never owned a designated flex fuel vehicle and have driven over 600,000 miles with my vehicles using E30 or higher blend since E85 came to Minnesota. I believe that working with Daschle's fuel alliance we will soon completely destroy the ethanol blend wall." 

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