Saturday, May 19, 2012

Ethanol in Gasoline - #3901 - Neil Snyder: Facts About Ethanol

Few people know the facts about ethanol: “Ethanol is listed as a known human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The cost of Reformulated Gasoline with ethanol will increase 3-6 cents per gallon compared to RFG with MTBE. Spills of pure ethanol or gasoline containing ethanol from leaking storage tanks can create a benzene plume up to 150% larger than a spill from a non-ethanol fuel. Ethanol cannot be shipped by pipeline because of its high affinity for water, posing significant distribution costs and hurdles for gasoline blenders. (1) According to a study by Cornell University, for every gallon of ethanol produced 1.4 gallons of energy is consumed in the process, compared to 0.15 gallons used in the manufacture of gasoline. (2) It takes 1.5 gallons of ethanol (E-85) to drive as many miles as one gallon of gasoline. (3) Every gallon of ethanol removes 53 cents from the Federal Highway Trust Fund because of a special tax break for producers. (4) Ethanol increases the vapor pressure of gasoline by 1 psi resulting in higher evaporative emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds, while tailpipe emissions of Acetaldehyde increase 150%. (5) Ethanol permeates the hoses and lines of automobile fuel systems resulting in a 50% increase in VOC emissions for pre-1995 cars. (6) Ethanol dissolves oxide scale from the walls of pipes and tanks, subjecting the systems to internal corrosion, which leads to leaks.” Source: Top Ten Facts about Ethanol.   Ethanol production reduces tax revenue from the sale of gasoline; it drives up the price of gasoline at the pump and contributes to inflation; it damages vehicles and increases repair costs; and it robs the world of a food staple. The only thing ethanol has going for it is a president with a “green energy” fetish. If the decision to blend ethanol with gas had been made based on the merits of the case, there would no ethanol blend fuel on the US market today. This is an excerpt from If You Voted for Obama in 2008 to Prove You’re Not a Racist, You Need to Vote for Someone Else in 2012 to Prove You’re Not an Idiot. You need to buy the book, read it, and share it. Don’t take anything for granted. If we fail to do our job, we will get four more years of Obama. Click here to order the eBook.  

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