Posted by: engineguy | June 26, 2007

So what do you think about Ethanol?

I’m afraid it’s another one of those “clever ideas” cooked up by industry and government. A more dangerous combination of forces doesn’t exist.

It’s a joke for fuel savings because it’s nothing but “watered-down” gasoline that costs more to make and sell. It doesn’t save fuel because it takes more of it to send you down the road. And it does actually have water in it. Not only is water not particularly good for an engine, but it can and will condense in the fuel tank and cause it to rust. This does wonders for your fuel pumps and filter.

At first it was 90% gas and 10% ethanol. Now I keep seeing 85 in some places. Well, that would invalidate my car’s engine and drive-train warranty. Says so very clearly in the owners’ manual. I don’t like that part.

I have another question for those who are busy saving our environment. How does ethanol save the use of “fossil fuel” when it uses just as much or more to propel our vehicles as it did before? Not that I’m against saving our environment. I believe strongly in protecting our environment. But as I remember it, the original idea was to use less fossil fuel, not the same amount or likely more with corn and water added. Is that not the original idea?

Like a fellow once said, “When you’re up to your butt in alligators, it’s hard to remember that the original idea was to drain the swamp.”

But it is a nice sop from the government to the corn growers. Makes the cost of corn higher become it’s in greater demand. And I believe in free markets, but I also like steaks, and ham which will all cost more because the beef and hog farmers can’t be expected to sell for a loss just because we “need” ethanol.

But if it is what it appears to be. That is: a really bad idea. It looks like the loss is going to be ours, too. What do you think should be done?

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