California has been using ethanol for years, since they banished MBTE (up to
10%, according to the sticker on the pumps).
No noticeable ill effects, so far.
I share your skepticism about cornstarch-based fuels... just another farm
subsidy. Cellulose-based fuels might possibly be a net gain (when they even
become practical), but the infrastructure issues have yet to be addressed --
you can't pump cornstalk residue, and it is not concentrated like oil
deposits, but spread across the entire central US, on a seasonal basis.
Trucking it to the refinery kind of defeats the purpose.
But you're probably stuck with that 10% from here on out, is my guess.
'66 MGB GHN3L76149
If you're near Mountain View, CA,
it's the primer red one with chrome wires
on 4/29/08 3:04 PM, W. David Houser at firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> Is anyone else concerned about the direction we are going with Ethanol
> and it's effect on our cars?
> Here in Florida, I am amazed with the speed that our state has thrown
> it's arms around this corn based Anti-fuel. Not only will we get
> bashed on mileage but I fear our engines will suffer.
> Tell me I'm imagining a scenario that puts us off the road.
> You will lose 2%-5% fuel mileage using 10% ethanol.
> Decrease our independacy on oil??? That is to funny.
> Ethanol contalins 76,500 BTU (1 gallon)
> The amount of energy it takes to make ethanol is 98,000 BTU (1 gallon)
> Looking for gas stations without E10,
> Dave Houser
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