Paul Driessen, a guest columnist on Watts Up With That? outlines numerous reasons why the EPA’s push for E-15 Ethanol gasoline is bad for our pocketbooks, the environment and energy policy.
Driessen, a senior policy advisor with the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, points out that E-15 will be a disaster for those with cars older than 2001. Ethanol collects water, which can cause cars to stall. It also corrodes plastic, rubber and soft metal parts. E-15 will increase emissions, adversely affect engine, fuel pump and sensor durability.
E-15 burns hotter than regular gasoline. Used in home yard care equipment, it could inadvertently start fires and burn users.
Driessen also notes:
Ethanol mandates mean more revenues and profits for corn growers and ethanol makers. However, skyrocketing corn prices mean beef, pork, poultry, egg and fish producers pay more for corn-based feed; grocery manufacturers pay more for corn, meat, fish and corn syrup; and families see prices soar for almost everything on their dinner table.
Ah, but there’s more bad news about Ethanol production:
Right now, we are burning our own – and the world’s – food, to fuel cars and trucks. And to grow corn, convert it into 14 billion gallons of ethanol, and ship it by truck or train, we are consuming one-third of America’s entire corn crop – and using millions of pounds of insecticides, billions of pounds of fertilizer, vast amounts of energy (all petroleum-based), and trillions of gallons of water.
Just imagine how those numbers will soar, if E15 is adopted nationwide – or if Big Ethanol’s big dream becomes reality, and motorists begin to burn “cheap” corn-based E85 in flex-fuel vehicles.
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