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Source: Michigan Corn Growers Association news release

A recent report released by Lundberg Survey Inc. fails to acknowledge that blending ethanol into our gasoline has driven down the price of gas at the pump.

"Ethanol is significantly cheaper than gasoline and research shows that blending ethanol into our gasoline saves consumers an average of $1.09 on every gallon of gas," said Jim Zook, executive director of the Michigan Corn Growers Association.

"Recent press around the Lundberg survey unfairly singles out ethanol, while giving Big Oil companies a free pass on the high cost of relying on imported oil for most of our transportation fuel. Using ethanol is a smart choice that will continue to drive down the cost of gas for consumers."

The study acknowledges that many factors contributed to the rise in gasoline prices, including uncertainty about Ukraine and earlier rises in crude oil prices that are now being passed on to retailers through oil refiners.

In the local Lansing market the price of E85 fuel ranges from 70 cents to a dollar less than gasoline.

"It's not surprising that oil companies who are desperate to shift the blame and protect their massive profits are blaming ethanol for gas prices," said Zook.

"Ethanol is locally-made from corn grown right here in Michigan which creates jobs in Michigan, sparks new businesses and drives investment in our local communities. Studies also show that ethanol protects our families by reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 32 percent compared to gasoline."

Trilby Lundberg, president of California-based Lundberg Survey Inc. which produced the survey, is known for her fringe views on climate change and pollution. In an interview with CNN, she referred to global warming as a "boogeyman" brought on by what she calls decades of extremist brainwashing.

"Even if [petroleum] were someday to be shown to have some small effect on the environment, I see no crime," Lundberg said.

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