Corn’s Illegal E30’s Illegal Policy

Opinion by Orrie Swayze  founding vice then president  of the SDCGA-SDUC:

The  SD corn grower and check  off board members at corn’s  annual resolutions meeting  voted to get it dead wrong  again this year: Protecting  self-interest, they brazenly  disregarded the Department  of Justice recent directives  downgrading informal EPA  guidance documents saying  they cannot be used to determine  E30 is illegal. The Margo Oge letter to SD petroleum marketers is such an example of how corn grower and check off leaders mistakenly reference EPA informal guidance documents to create fraudulent perceptions saying E30 is illegal to use in standard autos. 

 Most recently the Department of Justice again reminded all prosecutors, those saying E30 is illegal or especially proposing to take action against any citizen or organization based on such informal EPA guidance documents, are illegally using those documents. DOJ further clarifies that those documents have little, if any, standing in a court of law and only clean air act language or the law has standing in a court of law. 

 And the reality is: codified law does not say anywhere that E30 plus blends are illegal for use in standard autos. Just last year EPA failed to change the “regs” rule to include its proposed language saying E30 plus blends are illegal for standard auto use. Corn and check off leaders must have agreed with such language and unlike the Farmers Union and the Urban Air Initiative, did not submit comments that prevailed opposing this new EPA proposed “regs rule” language change. 

 Though we were hopeful,  unsurprisingly, our proposed  resolutions at this year’s corn  convention writing E30 plus  blends are legal for standard  autos into SD corn policy  were soundly, defiantly,  self-righteously defeated.  Go figure. Also choosing  to deceive those paying the  check off dollars this absolutely  counter to SD historical  precedent statement prevailed:  “South Dakota corn  has more to gain working  with EPA rather than being  the point of the spear challenging  EPA in this matter”  was the feedback as I understood  it, thus revealing how  our brain washed culture saying  “E30 is illegal” and “evil”  prevails. 

 All this explains why zero  check off dollars nationwide  are invested informing all  auto owners: High 94 octane  E30 plus blends legally and  historically offer lower cost,  proven more power, cleaner  engines, same mileage savings  up to twenty dollars per  tank fill, slashed emissions  identical to cigarette smoke  causing like cigarette smoke  preterm births, birth defects,  cancers, brain damage, etc.  And importantly, explains how check off dollars indirectly have come to support EPA and big oil collusion to lock agriculture’s ethanol out of octane markets. 

 Obviously corn farmers paying check off dollars are damaged by their own check off dollars saying E30 is illegal.  The few options they have to  assure their voices are heard  include calling their check off  dollars back unless check off  dollars also support a lawsuit  against EPA: Because EPA  colludes with big oil to unnecessarily  and illegally poison  our children plus fatally  obstruct agriculture’s free  enterprise marketing opportunities  for 30 plus blends that  can immediately begin to at  least triple ethanol demand.  All by nefariously using check off dollars to collude with or finance EPA and big oil collusion to create the expensive, fraudulent perception “E30 plus blends are evil and illegal to use in standard autos”. 

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