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Badger State joins push for greener energy
Times photo: Brenda Steurer Gary Kramer, Badger State Ethanol president; Jason Rae, Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance Associate director; and Bob Oleson, Wisconsin Corn Growers Association president discuss the importance of ethanol Tuesday at a press conference at Badger State Ethanol, Monroe. In response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, they are calling on Congress to pass legislation to help increase the amount of ethanol used in the United States.
By Brian Graybgray@themonroetimes.comMONROE - With oil continuing to leak in the Gulf of Mexico, and $4 gas prices still fresh in the minds of motorists, ethanol producers want people to know there's an alternative to oil.At a press conference Tuesday at Badger State Ethanol, company president Gary Kramer said ethanol, which is produced using corn, is an alternative to oil as a fuel source and a way to prevent disasters similar to the oil spill in the Gulf. Kramer said people can see the need for alternative energy every time they turn on the television and see stories about the massive oil leak, which has resulted in thousands of gallons of oil gushing into the Gulf since April. "Every oil-sodden animal and oil-coated beach we see on the nightly news is another painful reminder of the true costs of our addiction to oil," he said.

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