High-G FJR Junkie!
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Millgrove, ON, CA
The whole ethanol thing is more of a political and environmental thing, and is costing all of us (even those who don't burn fuel). Oversimplifying a lot here... it came about due to the old "oil shortage" days and wanting alternative fuel, less reliance on middle east oil. It does lower emissions for the ozone layer, but we're still pumping out carbon dioxide (global warming). fuel mileage is lower vs. pure gasoline, roughly 10% yet we have 10% ethanol. We're burning 10% more in total, does not make sense to me.
Heavy subsidies paid to enable more corn production, it costs more to grow all that corn so subsidies are needed to break even/profit. The resulting shortage of corn sweeteners means food processors have to use more expensive sweeteners, like real sugar, food prices are up. If we had the climate to grow sugar cane to produce ethanol more easily, we'd be better off... the whole scheme seems crazy to me, and now we find we don't have an oil shortage because fuel consumption is way down in general.
However, it is so ingrained now and politically it would take a miracle to get off the subsidy train that costs us all $$$. It's here to stay I'm afraid. We have occasional issues with ethanol causing us to use expensive additives at times, and for some, extra repairs.
Political rant over, carry on.
Keep yer stick on the ice....
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