WSRL.ORG / Rural Colorado Energy Issues - July. 2005 - Revised Jan. 2015 - Page 2
Here we go again. Someone thinks adding ethanol to gasoline is a really good idea that displaces gasoline usage with ethanol. All I can say is, carefully check out the links to the right. I haven't found a single user of ethanol that had good things to say about the product. To the contrary, a large percentage of users fully hate the fuel and avoid it like the plague. The problem in this area is that virtually all service stations have switched to providing only ethanol laced gasoline. People in need of gasoline fuel are now pretty much forced to purchase the ethanol fuel.
So Who Is Pushing Ethanol? -
A recent discussion with a Mr. Michael Charney of the State of Colorado Division of Oil & Safety revealed (as least verbally) that the State of Colorado is not pushing the use of ethanol. If true and in my mind, this leaves the Federal Government and special interests. I have repeatedly read that the mandate to use ethanol in gasoline is a State decision not a Federal decision. As fully documented by the links to the right, ethanol is causing widespread damage through out the U.S. So far I have seen no reason to doubt anything in the Business News Magazine article. At this point and in my judgment, this is truly a scam that is going to cost already economically stressed citizens in this country additional grief.
Who Is Affected?
Virtually anyone that drives a car or pickup that uses standard gasoline for fuel. As stated in the Business News article, even GM Flex Fuel vehicles are not immune to the evils of ethanol. Then there are all of the other devices and vehicles that depend on gasoline for an energy source. ATVs, snowmobiles, lawn mowers, generators, chain saws, older tractors, the list goes on and on. Be sure to review the fuel-testers website for additional information on the effects of ethanol on non-automotive type engines.
An option that, in my view, would serve the needs of everyone is the "blender pump". A schematic of a blender pump can be seen here. My statement assumes the blend can be set for zero ethanol. This option would protect older vehicles and fule systems while allowing owners of newer designs to choose what ever the wish. A map of current blender pump locations can be found here.
The Future -
As this situation continues to develop, this site will attempt to track the detrimental effects of the ethanol fuel we are now largely forced to purchase and use. Stay tuned.
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