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Re: ethanol vs. non-ethanol gasoline
Isn't most gasoline sold at marinas ethanol free?
Ethanol has two serious issues. First, its a solvent, so it can't sit long in your system without it trying to dissolve something. Second, it is hygroscopic, and will absorb water out of the atmosphere if left to sit (like boats often do).
In my opinion, it is a total scam perpetrated by big Agri-business. It is sold as a method to become energy independent, but it does not reduce the amount of oil burned at all. It keeps farm employees working anyway, but not productively.
Trust me on this. While several ethanol plants have shut recently, due to high corn prices, those in the ethanol business are there to make huge returns on their investment. I know one personally. They aren't tree huggers though they sing that tune for the press. The unspoken truth about all of our alternative energy initiatives is that capitalists latch on to the emotional environmental zelots and get crazy things funded and laws passed. It can be done so much more efficiently. Warren Buffet doesn't just toss money at problems, he analyzes and places good bets. Our alt energy companies make fortunes, while society gets little but "feel good" in return. If you think this sounds "republican", think again. (sorry for the political bent, its just a fact where they go for the money)
Back to the thread, it seems that isobutanol may be a much better way to go.
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