I'm not sure about this but from what someone told me, the ethanol
actually helps get rid of any moisture in the system (mainly the fuel
tank of course) as it is an alcoholic liquid. Makes sense to me
though I haven't verified it myself.
THIS IS THE PROBLEM:
"Gas is simply MUCH better (and STILL cheaper) than ethanol. At 18,700 BTU
(British Thermal Unit) per pound, gasoline vastly outperforms ethanol - the
president's stated alternative - at just 11,500 BTU/lb. That means a gallon
of gas goes farther, cheaper". Not that I am NOT ALL FOR increasing the
efficiency of ALL devices.
Efficiency smiefficiency ... if I go out and buy one of those new
$120,000 LS460L cars, will I harm the engine, the tank, the little
cheap plastic or rubber hoses or parts, or anything else in it? Sure it
is less efficient, but under Bush we are lucky to have anything left at
all. So I anticipate that all of us will have to be using some kind of
gashol mixture before he gets out of office. And what I want to know is
- will it harm the car in any way? If so, maybe I should just buy a new
dodge neon or two till we recover.
The problem is that you speak only half truths.
Ethanol is subsidize at a rate of 51 cents a gallon via tax brakes to
The oxygenate Ethanol is not replacing gasoline. It is replacing the
oxygenate Methyl tert-butyl ether, or MTBE for short. MTBE, which is
a carcinogen, has been found in high qualities in ground water in some
areas. Shrub, spit, really has little to do with it. He and the oil
companies are not happy about the situation because MTBE is refined
from petroleum and Ethanol is from agriculture. Here in the US corn
is the main source. In Brazil, which has used a 85% Ethanol 15%
Gasoline blend for decades, known as E85, they use sugarcane to
produce the Ethanol. It is the EPA under mandates set in the Clean
Air Act Amendments of 1990 and the states that are forcing the change.
Ethanol, in a 10% blend with gasoline has been sold as gasohol in the
midwest since the 1990s with no ill effects. But the oil companies
would like you to believe that your car will fall apart if you use it.
There are problems with Ethanol to be sure but they are not one of
cost or damage to ones car.
no half truths whatsoever... whether it is 10% or 85%, a gallon of ethanol
blended fuel has less potential BTUs available than other formulations ...
you WILL get LESS MPG ... period... unless they release that perpetual
motion engine they are keeping so quietly under raps ;^)
Engine efficiency should have been the highest priority YEARS ago ...
instead after Kuwait, the American automobile industry decided the
capitalize on abundant cheap fuel and release the SUV (true genius!) ...
because after all, every American really deserves to feel they are King of
the Road ...don't they?? When did frugality, living within one's means,
and common sense become such foreign concepts??
... and you are correct, ethanol has been available for years, WITHOUT long
term determent to vehicles ... and I never stated or implied anything
no, but it's close, with the hit on milage you take from using
ethanol, the difficulty transporting it to the major population
centers of the coasts, the use of corn based ethanol isn't the best
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