I wish articles like this would do two things. One is in simple, understandable and accurate terms, lay out the relevant factors regarding production costs, energy efficiency, net impact on the environment taking into consideration the energy used in the production of the predominant renewable sources of ethanol, including the impact of diverting food crops to fuel, and identifying the number and location of the economic beneficiaries of the requirement, and the amount of that impact.
The second would be to at least mention the HUGE number of people who have suffered losses from using E-10 in their older cars, boats, outboards, lawn mowers, etc. I dislike the tendency to sweep all of those losses aside, focusing only on the idea that most modern vehicles are designed to run on E-10. Forgetting about our beloved cars for the moment, the impact on just the marine industry has been staggering. Boats, particularly inboards, tend to have a lot longer useful life than cars, and the havoc wreaked on the fuel systems including the tanks is awful. And unlike most cars, replacing a fuel tank in a boat can be a massive and expensive undertaking.
My hope is that if the true cost/benefit of E-10 was understood by everyone, enough voters would demand change that it might overcome the boondoggle of the special interests promoting its increase. But in reality, I know that subsidies or requirements that benefit certain groups almost never go away--they typically are allowed to remain in exchange for supporting someone else's pet subsidy. That seems to be the way of our special interest political system.
On Jan 14, 2016, at 2:15 AM, 'Rich Barber' c300@xxxxxxx [Chrysler300] <Chrysler300-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
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