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Bmath
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re: US Ethanol policy is getting way, way out of hand


While E85 and other forms of gasohol are a joke, a lot of people don't realize the original purpose for adding ethanol to gasoline.

In the 80's leaded gasoline was replaced by using MTBE as the anti knocking agent.

20 years later they started seeing problems with MTBE leaching into the ground water. And being a suspected carcinogen they decided to use ethanol.

So using ethanol in this form is not meant to be an alternative to fossil fuel. However, E85 is, but it is terribly inefficient to produce.






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I B Freeman
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re: US Ethanol policy is getting way, way out of hand


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I'm not so sure about that. In Louisiana at least, when a pine plot is harvested, it's pretty much clear cut, with some trees left behind, but not necessarily the smaller trash trees


There is no possible way they can make the ethanol they claim they will make off of anything else but planted pine. It is already being done.

Some days the they are even bringing in pulp and chip& saw size trees too.

It is highly subsidized and government mandated.

It sucks. Bush and Obama and the entire Louisiana Congressional delegation at the time, including Jindal, (2007) with the exception being Jefferson suck for putting it into place. Jefferson of course screwed us on many other occasions.






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Taxing Authority
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Houston
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20 years later they started seeing problems with MTBE leaching into the ground water. And being a suspected carcinogen they decided to use ethanol.
Great example of greenie-weenies mandating something worse for the environment than what it replaced. This is what happens when you make policy on emotion, rather than sound science.

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So using ethanol in this form is not meant to be an alternative to fossil fuel. However, E85 is, but it is terribly inefficient to produce.
... and ineffecient to use. E85 has less BTU/gallon than regular gas. So, for every gallon, you're paying more for, you're getting less energy. Makes no sense.






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