Only ABC had a reporter file from Latin America, where President George Bush is on a five-nation tour. Jessica Yellin contrasted Bush's meeting with President Lula da Silva of Brazil with the protests in next-door Buenos Aires where President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela is dogging Bush's itinerary with a rival continental tour. Oil-rich Venezuela has extended aid to Bolivia, Nicaragua and Argentina. Yellin called Chavez Bush's "nemesis," who has "made a cottage industry of bashing the US President."
All three networks mentioned the US-Brazil pact to boost ethanol production, which Bush and Lula signed, in passing. NBC assigned Anne Thompson to explain the domestic ethanol industry, which has "turned corn into gold" for midwest farmers as the price of a bushel has doubled in two years. Only five million cars are FlexFuel-equipped, most of them in Minnesota. Because ethanol cannot be shipped through pipelines, it is hard to find the fuel elsewhere. Thompson called it "a slow road to a greener future."
Actually, there are an estimated six million flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs) nationwide, the number on Minnesota roads s roughly 150,000. It IS true that Minnesota has more E85 outlets than any state (315, wih more on the way) and Minnesotans buy more E85 than anyone else (more than 18 million gallons sold there last year).
For more on E85 in Minnesota and other upper Midwestern states, see this Lung Association website:
ALA of MN
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