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antiguzzle

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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2012 4:45:36 PM

Commentary: E15 for better or worse

"The rapidly increasing production of corn-based ethanol in the United States is viewed by many as a primary factor in escalating grain prices seen over the past five years. U.S. corn inventory is expected to be the smallest in 16 years by this summer, largely a result of ethanol production which now consumes around 5 billion bushels, or 40 percent, of U.S. corn. The RFS mandate is proving that disastrous results follow when government mandates are put into place and market forces are suspended."

"For example, the poultry and livestock industries have to compete against the ethanol industry for the corn they feed to their animals yet there is no mandate for beef or pork consumption. It is no wonder beef and pork prices are also near record high prices."

"The failed RFS mandate essentially says that fuel is more important to the country than food. Yet, even with the RFS mandate and all the federal support for ethanol production U.S. consumers continue to face near-record prices at the pump as well as at the grocery store check out."

"It is essential that we pass a contingency plan which would suspend mandated ethanol production levels in the case of a short corn crop. Anything less would be disastrous for the nation’s livestock and poultry producers who are already paying double the price for corn they did five years ago."

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Kinglemuel
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2014 4:32:34 PM

I think it was initially good to encourage ethanol, as an alternative fuel, but now we need to grant more flexibility instead of more mandates.
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darwinfinch
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2014 10:59:13 AM

Fish is reciting a poorly-cited claim made on wikipedia about ethanol, one that has been sitting there marked "citation needed" since before 2010, and probably back to 2008 when an obscure Irish publication made the statement. Of course the original document is rarely referenced, nor its age/appropriateness critiqued. The paragraph is simply copied/pasted from wikipedia into numerous anti-ethanol websites (many in the Google results are obvious oil lobby sites) word for word.

This is more colorful marketing language, not science.
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SilverStreaker
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2014 10:28:32 AM

fish1552, lets see some evidence on your ozone claim. Unless your source is that modified weather forecast model, you can just save yourself the embarrassment of posting that one.
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fish1552
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2014 12:32:21 AM

Well, let's see. Ethanol generates 2.14 times more ozone than regular gasoline, which contributes to an increase in pollution. There is also a higher amount of formaldehyde, and acetaldehyde discharged into the atmosphere.

Cellulosic ethanol is a much better product with less pollutants, and since it can be made from switch grass, or waste wood (chips, sawdust, etc) it doesn't take away from the livestock food supply.

Many of the governments just jumped on board the bandwagon without researching the problems they are only shifting onto other areas.
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SilverStreaker
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2014 3:59:12 PM

I have used E15 and much higher ethanol content fuel in two non-FFVs for over 4 years and have never had an ethanol related performance or maintenance issue.
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Bill85035
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2014 1:21:34 AM

E15 is reported to be bad for auto engines by AAA and Fox News. Google "E15 fuel" and check it out.
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bluenvoy
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2014 10:55:01 AM

It wii ruin many many engines. Hopefully the people's that are forcing this on us.
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9352029
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2014 1:30:01 PM

E15 is just another scam. Nothing is better than high quality gasoline.
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namzza6310
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2014 8:37:29 AM

Better for everyone
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Shockjock1961
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2014 2:31:00 PM

"Better for the earth"

Actually, it's not better for the earth, which is why tree huggers no denigrate ethanol...
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RS101
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2014 7:54:38 PM

Worse
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SnowplowingLady
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 11:48:17 AM

Better for the earth BUT worse for OLDER cars & trucks
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goldseeker
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Message Posted: Feb 16, 2013 3:48:29 AM

"Did you know that air oxidizes ethanol into vinegar by pulling off its hydrogen atoms?"

You just made that up didn't you?
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nurdco
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Message Posted: Feb 16, 2013 2:19:13 AM

Spells doom to antique classic vehicles...
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PettyEddie2012
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Message Posted: May 9, 2012 10:41:14 AM

Did you know that air oxidizes ethanol into vinegar by pulling off its hydrogen atoms?
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dulberg
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Message Posted: May 8, 2012 8:58:19 AM

rediculous
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mr157ifhz
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Message Posted: May 7, 2012 12:58:03 PM

"The rapidly increasing production of corn-based ethanol in the United States is viewed by many as a primary factor in escalating grain prices seen over the past five years"
'It is no wonder beef and pork prices are also near record high prices."

~I guess these folks haven't noticed how much gasoline and diesel prices have risen over the past five years.
And once again, they fail to take into acount the DDGs produced by the ethanol industry.
*sigh* is right.
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antiguzzle
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Message Posted: May 7, 2012 12:32:41 PM

*sigh*
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clytzepp
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2012 10:20:06 PM

....I really doubt the cars filled with ethanol would be popular.
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timmyC4
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2012 7:22:59 PM

We have to embrace Obama's mandates.
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