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Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty Signs Landmark Legislation Requiring Use of 20% Ethanol in State's Gasoline

Date Posted: May 11, 2005

Sioux Falls, SD--The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) commended Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty for signing legislation Tuesday, May 10, that would require all of the state's gasoline to contain 20 percent ethanol by 2013, up from the current 10 percent.

Brian Jennings, ACE Executive Vice President, offered the following statement:

"This is a significant day for the U.S. ethanol industry.

"Minnesota has always been a pioneer in the production and use of ethanol, and this historic move to the use of twenty percent ethanol sets a clear example for the rest of the country.

"Ethanol can and should be used in every state in the nation."

"In addition to encouraging other states to consider their own renewable fuels measures, we urge Congress to take action on a nationwide Renewable Fuels Standard that calls for at least eight billion gallons of ethanol use annually.

"It is vital that America relies upon home-grown fuels for its energy needs rather than continuing to import record amounts of crude oil and finished gasoline at record high prices."

The U.S. currently has the capacity to produce nearly 3.7 billion gallons of ethanol annually at 86 ethanol plants.

The nation consumes more than 140 billion gallons of gasoline each year, so much potential remains for increased nationwide use of ethanol.

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