The new EPA mandated 15% ethanol content for gasoline will ruin your car’s engine and void all warranties before 2012, form a solid goo that will clog fuel injector ports (cars are already stalling in intersections, for instance, and on highway entrance merge lanes – fun!), ruin any small engine: motorcycle, snow blower, lawn mower, jet ski, outboard, you name it, rot out your boat’s fiberglass fuel tanks and coagulate if left in a tank for a couple of months.
Because ethanol absorbs moisture it must be transported in separate pipelines, thus causing fuel shortages and raising the cost of gasoline.
Because 40% of all US corn production is devoted to ethanol food prices are rising worldwide, causing poor people to go hungry. There’s more to the list, but let’s look at all the good things ethanol does: Nothing.
It does not make the air cleaner.
It does not save fuel – its production consumes more energy than it yields.
It does not promote energy independence.
So why are we required to buy it and why has the EPA now demanded we ruin our entire motorized society to use it? Because Iowa farmers grow corn and Iowa has an early presidential primary. The failure of our politicians, Republican and Democrat alike, to stop this mandate says all we need to know about politics and the governance of America. Forget the big issues, this is more immediately depressing.