increasing ethanol content in gasoline is bullshit.
1. ethanol is made from corn. burning food for fuel is wrong. period.
2. ethanol reduces mpg's. it has a lower calorie content, thus you need
more volume for a given distance driven. since we buy gasoline by
volume, not energy content like natural gas, this is a rip-off.
3. ethanol rots the rubbers in your car's fuel system. i recently had
to replace the injector o-ring seals on my honda. rotted o-rings means
SIGNIFICANTLY increased gas consumption as the fuel was no longer sealed
and dumping down the throttle body.
4. ethanol production consumes more agricultural energy to produce than
it is supposed to save - so it actually /increases/
oil imports. do the
math on the energy required for herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers.
then add the energy for processing and transportation. it's a net
loss. that is retarded.
5. tax payers are already being rooted for all the tax benefits the oil
companies enjoy - this just makes it even worse. with ethanol,
taxpayers subsidize farmers, give tax breaks to oil companies to use it,
and just to add insult to the injury of getting lower mpg's, so not only
do we end up putting more cash into the pockets of the oilcos because of
increased sales volumes, we end up paying more pump-tax on those
increased volumes too!
6. the "environmental" argument for ethanol in gasoline is bullshit.
increasing "oxygen" content is code for "reducing the energy content".
it doesn't make it burn more cleanly, it's simply replacing consumable
content with non-consumable content and getting the consumer to pay even
more for doing so.
don't get me wrong - i'm all for farmers. if we want to pay farmers to
grow more corn and use any surplus to feed the poor, i see a good deal
more good in the world than jamming the american tax payer up the ass
just so the oil companies can increase their margins.
and on the subject of oil companies, i don't have a particular problem
with them either, but here's reality. the economy is in the toilet.
the consumer therefore has significantly less money. of the money they
do have, the proportion spent on gasoline has /increased/
as the economy
has gotten worse, not smaller like other commodities. to be increasing
your share of the pie when the pie is getting smaller is retarded
because long term, you're ensuring the pie stays small. they should
learn to shear their sheep, not skin them.
all round, this is a "Bad Deal". write your congress-critter about this
today and tell them this is a disgrace. and tell them that if they
think that increasing ethanol in gasoline in "helping the environment"
or "helping farmers", tell them they're either naive, or worse, that
they shouldn't think that you are. neither are acceptable and should be
part of your voting considerations for the mid-terms.
oh, here's the math question:
if 5% increase in ethanol reduces energy content, and thus reduces mpg's
by about 1%, by how much does our annual ~~140 billion gallons of
gasoline consumption increase? [ignore increased energy consumption
from ethanol production]
for a bonus point, if gasoline is $2.50 per gallon [here in
kalifornistan, that would be most welcome!], by how much would annual
federal tax revenues increase from this extra consumption if each gallon
is taxed at already taxed at 18.4%?
ps. ed, you should be all over this next time you're "in town".