Monday, November 29, 2010

New Gasoline Blend E15

This is a bit of a stub article, I didn't have time to fully flesh it out and show the conclusion.

Recently, the EPA decided to "allow" the introduction of E15, a 15% ethanol blend, at gas pumps across the US. Of course, allow is a bit of a misnomer, since once it is allowed, it will not be long before it is forced upon us. This decision to bring this product to the market was at the request of "Growth Energy," a coalition of U.S. ethanol supporters, and 54 ethanol manufacturers.

There had been an alcohol blend "wall" that allowed only 10% ethanol alcohol to be added to most fuel, except E85 blend, for use only in "flex fuel" vehicles. There has been a lot of hype and myth surrounding the mostly forced introduction of ethanol into gasoline, but some fairly balanced articles can be found, if one looks.

Of course, the problems are not made any easier to understand by some quasi-technicle web sites running obvious propaganda pieces. There is a fairly good rebuttal to this is found in blog somewhat off the beaten path. Among other things, he makes the point that, while the government is telling automobile owners etanol is perfectly safe, it is telling airplane owners and operators it is dangerous to their engines and fuel systems, and not to use it.

Some good information was published in the Orlando Sentenal.
(I don't have much experiance with the Orlando Sentenal or the Greenfield Reporter, but hope the link will remain good.)

The Google string I used to find most of this is:
gasoline ethanol alcohol problems older cars trucks

When researching these things, one thing to remember is that any recent article mentioning carbon emissions is likely propaganda, since man made global climate change was completely debunked in 2009.


Sukad35 said...

The perfect goal is actually 'REDUCE POLLUTION'! Any effort to achieve this is simply remarkable! Please... Please... Please...


TRex said...

I attracted 4 spam comments on this article. I deleted 3 of them, but left this comment so that I could comment on it.

The 'perfect goal' is not to reduce pollution, but to be able to accomplish our goals (travel, in this case) economically.

Pollution from motor vehicles has already been tamed, for the most part. The only area left for improvement is how to get older engines (ones prone to oil consumption) to pollute less without a complete overhaul.

giraffe chenille said...

I agree.. our main objective is to reduce pollution any way possible