Ethanol, A Very BAD Choice!! Part 3

July 17, 2012

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Leon Puissegur

 

 

 

We have shown just what Ethanol has and will do to the environment and our health, now we will go on and show how if the present Government has their way and Ethanol goes to 15%, how it will hurt the very engines of our cars!  We should also mention now that due to the upcoming shortage of Corn, Ethanol will drive up the price of everything we use, eat, and on up the line.  We need to reflect upon an article by Nathaniel Davidson back in March of 2011 when he wrote;

 

“Late last year, even the Eco-Prophet (or should that be Eco-Profit?) Al Gore had to admit the failure of one of the grand schemes of environmentalists: ethanol in fuel:

It is not a good policy to have these massive subsidies for first-generation ethanol … first-generation ethanol I think was a mistake. The energy conversion ratios are at best very small.

Yet as reported on Patriot, the EPA wants to increase the ethanol  fuel mandate from 10% to 15%.

Environmentalists vs. science

Al Gore himself got a D in one science course, and a C-plus in another, yet it doesn’t stop the Left media fawning over his intellect and treating his environmental claims as gospel.  But it really doesn’t take more than high school science to show that ethanol is a crass fuel compared to gasoline.

The chemical formula for ethanol is C2H5OH, and for gasoline something like C8H18 (octane).  Both of them burn to form CO2 and H2O (carbon dioxide and water vapour).  But there the similarity ends.

  • Energy is released when chemical bonds are formed.  But in ethanol,  there is an oxygen atom in the molecule, bonding to both a carbon and a hydrogen.  This is energy that can’t be released by burning.  So a gallon of ethanol has only about 66% as much energy as a gallon of gasoline.

 

  • We’ve all heard that oil and water don’t mix.  Gasoline is like oil in this respect.  But ethanol has the -OH group, and this means it mixes very well with water, as any beer or wine drinker would know—any alcoholic drink is basically a flavored water-ethanol mixture.  And even worse for a fuel, ethanol is hygroscopic, meaning that it sucks in moisture from the air. This means it can’t be piped long distances without picking up moisture, so fossil fuels must be used to transport it.  It also can’t be stored in barrels for long periods unless they are totally airtight.

 

  • Water in fuel is obviously harmful, and even damages most engines, but it can’t be avoided when making ethanol.  So what about distilling it, as moonshiners did to fortify their liquor?  Actually, ordinary distillation will never get rid of the last 4% of water (the fancy science term is azeotrope, from Greek meaning “boiling without changing”).  Chemical labs make purer ethanol by adding benzene, but surely environmentalists won’t like that because it’s highly carcinogenic.  (Then again, they have replaced harmless, cheap and bright Edison bulbs with mercury containing dim, expensive fluorescent ones).

Ethanol also has other reactions.   Think of wine turning into vinegar, which is due to ethanol turning into acetic acid.   And there is a nasty intermediate called acetaldehyde.  So not surprisingly this is a product of ethanol-powered engines. This leads to much more ground-level ozone.”

 

To reflect on what was presented in Part 2, Ethanol is BAD for the environment through the production of low level “OZONE”!  This is the second report which has shown this to be true and we do have others that show the same so we as a people should begin to understand that the only people that are truly benefiting from the use of Ethanol are those who grow the corn and get huge amounts of money from the Federal government to do so!  It is so very sad that our nation, the United States, has more oil, coal, and natural gas then the entire world could ever dream of and we just seem to ignore that FACT and leave it in the ground while we kill ourselves with the use of Ethanol!  Why is President Obama holding these enormous amounts of fuel in the ground and not allowing them to be developed?  This question HAS to be asked since the use of these fuels our nation has an abundance of could be developed and then our nation could tell all the foreign nations that we DO NOT NEED their fuels!!!

 

 

We stated that we would show the amounts of land used to produce Ethanol and the loss of security by NOT producing the fuels our nation has just waiting to be drawn out the ground and used here!!  We just need to go to a report by one Dr. Walter Williams to see the cost to produce Ethanol, the mount of corn for just one gallon of Ethanol and then we begin to see that this fuel CANNOT survive on its own subsidence!  This is clearly shown by the detailed report of Dr. Williams;

 

Economist Dr Walter Williams points out:

Ethanol is so costly that it wouldn’t make it in a free market. That’s why Congress has enacted major ethanol subsidies, about $1.05 to $1.38 a gallon, which is no less than a tax on consumers. In fact, there’s a double tax — one in the form of ethanol subsidies and another in the form of handouts to corn farmers to the tune of $9.5 billion in 2005 alone.

Dr Williams points out another problem with government meddling in the economy: special interests will always be able to steal from taxpayers with government help.  This is because of concentrated benefits v diffused costs:

It pays the ethanol lobby to organize and collect money to grease the palms of politicians willing to do their bidding because there’s a large benefit for them — higher wages and profits. The millions of gasoline consumers, who fund the benefits through higher fuel and food prices, as well as taxes, are relatively uninformed and have little clout. After all, who do you think a politician will invite into his congressional or White House office to have a heart-to-heart — you or an Archer Daniels Midlands executive?

Williams points out the dangers:

It takes 450 pounds of corn to produce the ethanol to fill one SUV tank. That’s enough corn to feed one person for a year.

Thus it’s hardly surprising that food prices have skyrocketed, and there have even been worldwide food shortages, even leading to deadly food riots in 2008.  That alone should be enough to expose the lie that government-supported ethanol fuel is good for humanity.”

 

Now in the coming months ahead our nation will be facing higher prices at the pump because our present administration does NOT wish to use the vast amounts of fuel our nation has that can be used instead of adding Ethanol!!  We cannot forget the very true fact that food prices will now be on the increase due to the loss of CORN production because of the draught in the CORN belt!  Our nation CANNOT predict the weather in the future nor can it determine just how much CORN will NOT be produced because of the lack of water!  But our nation can very accurately determine the amount of oil, coal, and natural gas it can and will find!  As it stands at this time, our nation has well over 600+ years of these fuels without ANY sort of additives!! So why use the additives such as Ethanol?

 

Well, does anyone remember a vote in the Senate where they had to go to Al Gore for the tie breaking vote about the government subsidies of Ethanol?  Yep, it was Al Gore that voted to keep the Subsidies on Ethanol!  When it was voted on in the Senate during the 90s, there was a tie. Guess who then has a vote to break the tie? The VP who was Al Gore. Though he voted to pass, he has repented. I’ll attach an article that explains this. Gore voted to pass because he wanted the votes of Iowa and Tennessee as he planned to run for President after Clinton. Do you remember Tennessee could have made him president if he had received that state’s electoral vote? www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/11/22/report-al-gore-reverses-view-ethanol-blames-politics-previous-support

 

This site has the entire story of how Al Gore stated that Ethanol is not good and he only voted for it because he wanted the states that produced Corn to vote for him since they would benefit the most from his vote! 

 

Now the most recent move by the EPA looking to boost the percentage of Ethanol up to 15% may well be the most dangerous decision that could be made yet by this current Obama led administration!   In a report by Coordinating Research Council (CRC), an auto and oil industry project, gasoline has contained 10 percent ethanol for several years. The EPA has now raised the “approved” level of ethanol to 15 percent, which is a major concern to these industries. In more of the article written by Mr. Davidson, it states;

 

“Although ethanol is known for its solvency and corrosive nature, material changes have made current engines and vehicles robust to ethanol concentrations in gasoline of up to 10 volume percent,” it said in a report.

 

In a press release, Peterson of the Kansas Petroleum Council charged that the EPA was trying to push a “political agenda” and did not have the public’s best interests at heart.

 

“Our first priority should be protecting consumers and the investments they’ve made in their automobiles,” he said. “EPA has an obligation to base this decision on science and not on a political agenda.”

 

Speaking to CNSNews.com, Peterson said he believes the EPA “ jumped the gun in advance of the elections because of the popularity of the ethanol and biodiesel fuels in the Midwest.”

 

Studies carried out jointly by auto and petroleum industries have shown that E15 automobile damage can come in the form of poor performance, loss of engine power due to loss of compression, and durability issues, he said. Overall, resulting engine repairs could cost anywhere from $2,000 to $6,000.”

 

 

Kansas is about to make the change to 15% Ethanol and Mr. Ken Peterson had this to say about that;

 

“We need to press the pause button on EPA’s rush to allow higher amounts of ethanol in our gasoline,” said Ken Peterson, director of the Kansas Petroleum Council. “The new fuel could lead to engine damage in more than 5 million vehicles on the road today and could void the manufacturer’s warranty.”

Peterson explained that a three-year study conducted by the auto and oil industries determined that E15 can cause damage even though EPA has approved use of the new fuel for cars and light trucks model year 2001 and newer. In addition, automobile manufacturers have said that vehicle warranties will not cover damage due to E15.

“Our first priority should be protecting consumers and the investments they’ve made in their automobiles,” said Peterson. “EPA has an obligation to base this decision on science and not on a political agenda.”

He said that E15 could also damage boats, recreational vehicles, and lawn equipment and said consumers should follow the fueling recommendations in their owner’s manuals and read all gasoline pump labels carefully before refueling.

The Kansas Petroleum Council is part of the American Petroleum Institute (API), which represents more than 500 oil and natural gas companies, leaders of a technology-driven industry that supplies most of America’s energy, supports 9.2 million U.S. jobs and 7.7 percent of the U.S. economy, delivers more than $86 million a day in revenue to our government, and, since 2000, has invested more than $2 trillion in U.S. capital projects to advance all forms of energy, including alternatives.

SOURCE Kansas Petroleum Council

 

We should watch Kansas and see just how this comes out for them.  Maybe we should let automotive mechanics know that more will be needed to keep up with the destruction of the people’s automobiles! 

 

Now is this worth the cost of Ethanol to do this?  Does this really help our nation become more secure from foreign oil?  In both cases the answer is a very fluid and concise NO!!!

Ethanol does NOT decrease pollution, it does not help the environment, it does not provide for a more secure nation, given these facts, our nation MUST ask why even continue the use of this bad fuel?  Our nation does not need Ethanol at all! It will take millions of acres of land to provide enough of it to equal oil, coal or natural gas!  It will cost far more then using what our nation has huge, no, VAST amounts of oil, coal, and natural gas!  Some will say people will lose their jobs at the refineries that produce the Ethanol, well to those we say, build MORE refineries for oil and natural gas and the loss will be very little if at all!  Our nation has more natural resources then all the world and we can use it, we can produce it, the only thing standing in our way is a president with a “green” ideology that has as of yet done any good!  Windmills cannot out produce a natural gas generator, it is a FACT that just one natural gas generator can produce the output of 250 windmills and it would NOT kill Golden Eagles or millions of other birds!

In order to produce the same amount of energy as oil, coal and natural gas, in Solar Power, we would have to live in the oceans since all of the United States would be covered with Solar panels!  The choice is there, if people choose to see it!  Ethanol IS a Very Bad Choice!  It belongs to you and you alone, it is a choice and Ethanol is NOT the way to go, neither is wind power or solar power!

 

 

 

 

 


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