In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, renewable fuel producers in Iowa have asked the Obama administration to allow higher amounts of ethanol to be blended in gasoline in the Northeast.
In a letter yesterday to President Obama, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association said temporarily allowing up to 20 percent ethanol in gasoline would help lower gas prices for victims of the superstorm. The association urged the administration to waive requirements that gasoline retailers must comply with before selling the higher blends of ethanol.
I think I’ve told the story before, but I’d done the walk of shame before. OK not the walking home from a hookup’s apartment at 5am before she wakes up, but the one with a jerry can in hand to a stalled vehicle with a dry fuel tank. Why? Well I’ll start by saying my 2001 Ford Ranger had a fuel gauge that never worked right. Everything else worked like a Swiss watch, so if I just watched my mileage the little arrow could sit on the “E” for damn near 100 miles before I had to fill up with no ill effects. I generally would fill my ride when I had about 2 gallons left in the hopper.
Then I moved from Maine to Massachusetts, and I ran out of gas! Why? Well Massachusetts mandates 10% Ethanol in all pump gas. My Mileage tanked, and my fuel line ran dry. Thankfully I was only about 200 yards from a gas station I drove right past because their prices were horrible, and there was a cheaper station just up the road a few miles which I would have gotten to with go-juice to spare…had I been running on the good stuff.
Why did this happen? Well #1 I hadn’t learned to look for that “Contains Ethanol” sticker on the pumps, and the big #2, Garbage Gas costs the same as good gas. Actually the Ethanol blends cost MORE, but they skim a good bit of that price right out of my taxes, weather I drive or not.
Love this stupid ideology that somehow this crap is “Better”. It isn’t better gas, as my truck went from getting north of 20mpg to around 17mpg. It isn’t as good for your engine. It isn’t cheaper. As a lighter fuel it probably does burn a bit cleaner…but when the “Progressives” are fixated on Carbon Dioxide, and carbon bonds are carbon bonds. Moving a pickup truck 300 miles on single-bonded carbon chains will release the same amount of CO2 if its Gasoline, Ethanol, Kerosine, or propane.
Just you pay more, both in taxes, and in fill-ups (further more that taxes are per-gallon, and if it takes more juice to go the same distance you’re paying a LOT more), I’m sure the people in the storm-ravaged areas are really pleased with this!