• Steve White Posted: 3/9/2011 12:34pm PST

    The most rude effect of ethanol is the failure to properly label the pump in plain language. My two cycle and hand held gasoline equipments will NOT RUN at all on an ethanol blend. E85 was thought to be a 15% alcohol mix good for winter freeze protection. But when the snow throwing machines and the chain saws stopped working the problem becomes intolerable. On the fuels commonly dispenced as gasoline in Maryland near and Washington,DC, we have wasted hundreds of maintence and diagnostic dollars to keep or get our stuff running again. While it's true that a "bad batch" of re4gular will burn in your car because it's equiped with computers and O2 sensors, Lawn mowers have to get mid grade or high test to have any power to do work. The needs of two cycle equipment however, create combustible toxic hazardous waste when useless alcohol blends are mixed with the required two cycle oil additive even when it contains the new "stabilizers" that were suposed to solve this.

  • Aggie Posted: 9/7/2010 7:26am PDT

    Ethanol is a government boondoggle and a result of the lobbying efforts of large agribusinesses, especially Archer Daniels Midland. It is less efficient than gasoline, it pollutes more, it is corrosive to engines, vehicles do not perform as well when ethanonl is used, and nobody would either produce it or buy it if it were not for government subsidies and mandates. Anything that cannot compete in the marketplace is, by definition, a waste of resources.

  • bengt avatar Bengt Posted: 9/2/2010 10:01am PDT

    Sam, point well taken and worth emphasis -- all gasoline is a blend, with no 'pure' formulation...I was merely using the term 'pure,' however improperly, in the way of a particularly vocal community of boaters and car collectors who still want an alternate non-ethanol formulation available. I'm dating myself a bit here, but I do remember when this blend was called gasohol (essentially E10) and available at specialty pumps throughout the Midwest. And JB, yes, there's been no sudden transition...but in many parts of the country, such as the West Coast, non-ethanol blends are becoming increasingly hard to find (compared to a year or two ago, even) and it's worth pointing out.

  • JB Posted: 9/2/2010 8:49am PDT

    This is OLD news. They blended ethanol with gasoline for several years now.

  • Sam Abuelsamid Posted: 9/2/2010 3:13am PDT

    Bengt, the thing most people don't realize about "pure" gasoline is that there is no such thing. Gasoline has always been a blend of a number of hydrocarbon compounds including octane and heptane along with various other chemicals. In the past that has included tetra-ethyl and MTBE. Gasoline has always been blended for different regions and different times of the year. Adding ethanol to the mix is not new and in some places it's been done for over a decade. It's just another part of the mix