In NE Wisconsin we are still able to get ethanol free gasoline, downside is that it is premium (93 octane). It goes in everything I own as well as our club boats.
It seems that since the inception of alcohol supplemented gasoline there has been a ton of promises, broken promises and exaggerations. First I read that this was going to save the consumer money, that it was energy positive, meaning that more was gained from the use of alcohol than consumed during its production, that it was cleaner burning and lastly that it would help us gain more energy independence.
Now the only positive I hear is from the agricultural associations stating that it "keeps America free" by reducing oil imports, locally they run aggressive radio and print ads. Pretty thin when you consider the initial promises that were made.
I confess to some ignorance when it comes to the economics and politics of alcohol fuel production so I have a couple of questions. Does anyone know if the government is still subsidizing the production of the fuel and the construction of the plants?
Just an opinion but if this country was truly interested in energy independence there would be a new nuclear plant being built in every State, people back to work and less oil consumed.
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