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Dumb Ethanol Policies Continue Despite Evidence

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I’ve said it before on this blog, but it bears repeating…the ethanol industry is not good for this country.

But instead of paying attention to the facts, there’s a new lobbying push headed by General Wesley Clark to up the mandated 10% in our fuel supply to 15%.

Why? Because the industry is going bankrupt and they need the market gamed for them.

Ugh.

And as this Business Week article points out, there are A LOT of other problems too…

First, the primary job of the Environmental Protection Agency is, dare it be said, to protect our environment. Yet using ethanol actually creates more smog than using regular gas, and the EPA’s own attorneys had to admit that fact in front of the justices presiding over the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in 1995 (API v. EPA).

Second, truly independent studies on ethanol, such as those written by Tad Patzek of Berkeley and David Pimentel of Cornell, show that ethanol is a net energy loser. Other studies suggest there is a small net energy gain from it.

Third, all fuels laced with ethanol reduce the vehicle’s fuel efficiency, and the E85 blend drops gas mileage between 30% and 40%, depending on whether you use the EPA’s fuel mileage standards (fueleconomy.gov) or those of the Dept. of Energy.

Fourth, forget what biofuels have done to the price of foodstuffs worldwide over the past three years; the science seems to suggest that using ethanol increases global warming emissions over the use of straight gasoline. Just these issues should have kept ethanol from being brought back for its fourth run in American history.

And if all of those reasons aren’t bad enough, the additive is also destroying our engines!

Though the media is ignoring it, one can easily find many stories on BMW blogs relating similar problems with fuel systems damaged by the use of ethanol. Certainly that was the case with Christi Jordan and her 2007 Mini. For weeks it was difficult to start; Moritz BMW in Arlington, Tex., inspected it and found severe carbon buildup inside the engine. On her second trip to the mechanics they decided to test the ethanol content of Christi’s fuel and found it was much higher than the federally mandated limit of 10%. This time the fuel pump had been destroyed by the ethanol. The repair bill came to $1,200: As in all cases where vehicles are damaged by ethanol, legally the factory warranty no longer applied.

All of this seems so obvious and yet we won’t let this industry die. Why? I can’t help but think one of the key reasons the it exists is because Iowa has one of the first presidential primaries, so it skews the political opinion towards supporting a market that is completely fabricated.

That’s why it’s up to us. Please try and spread the word in your social spaces about the real effects of ethanol and let’s shine a little light on this growing scam.