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LETTER: SD should lead the way for clean air

To the Editor:

South Dakota can set a new national precedent that protects our children’s health, lowers medical costs across the nation, plus can increase ethanol prices to their octane value, decrease gasoline prices, stimulate our economy and bust the blend wall, thus oil’s monopoly on gasoline markets. Done laughing?

Remember, South Dakota was laughed at when it created our nation’s first operational, nationally recognized E85 auto, or basically an unmodified standard 1988 Corsica. Later, for little additional cost, flex fuel autos came into production. Again, South Dakota was laughed at for proposing to legally install our nation’s first E85 blender pumps as a tool to bust the blend wall and oil’s monopoly. Today, multiple blender pump locations throughout the nation offer Americans alternative fuel choices and standard auto owners weekly choose E30 to travel millions of lower cost, trouble-free miles with obviously no legitimate warrantee issues.

Our nation unnecessarily and knowingly maimed our children with lead, and again today with comparably toxic benzene/benzene related aromatic octane enhancers.  Common sense and the Clean Air Act dictate replacement of this octane, and South Dakota can again set a new game-changing precedent that protects children’s health by rapidly transitioning to the lowest-cost, safest octane alternative or E30.

Legislative goals for all states: Whereas even short duration exposures to cigarette smoke or gasoline’s benzene/benzene-related octane’s identical primary toxics also maim our children by significantly increasing children’s incidence of asthma, heart disease, cancers, birth defects, etc., be it resolved that our policies and regulations support no idle zones for schools and also protect our children’s health by profitably replacing gasoline’s most toxic, least combustible, most-polluting components (benzene/ benzene-related aromatic octane enhancers) through transitioning to other petroleum octane enhancers or 30 percent ethanol to the maximum extent “achievable,” as required by common sense and the Clean Air Act.