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Some People Finally Get It

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Gristmill, an environmental news blog, has an interesting post on the inefficiencies of gasoline blended with ethanol and how more people are catching on:

In Oklahoma, some vendors are refusing sell ethanol-spiked gasoline. And they’re winning customers with signs like “No Corn in Our Gas” and “Why Do You Put Alcohol in Your Tank?” the Times claims. In Oregon, new rules requiring the state’s fuel supply be E10 — a mix of 90 percent ethanol and 10 percent gasoline — are being associated with sputtering boat engines and failing weed whackers.

Used under a Creative Commons License. "Gasohol (Ethanol)" by Todd Ehlers (via Flickr).

Used under a Creative Commons License. "Gasohol (Ethanol)" by Todd Ehlers (via Flickr).

The idea that ethanol is less efficient than straight gasoline is easy to document: drive your car to or from a state with an ethanol blend from one with the opposite. Check your milage going either way. Even with other factors (such as wind), you’ll notice a marked difference. I did this at the beginning of the month, travelling from the Minneapolis area to Nebraska and back.

This is nice to hear, since I wrote on this back in April. And my accounting theory professor railed on it numerous times last fall. Gristmill also gets into it. What makes this policy so sickening are the huge amounts of taxpayer dollars being poured into a policy that raises food prices. This effects our nation’s (and the world’s) poorest people–not exactly something any politician would consider politically expedient.‘s Felix Salmon is writing today with regards to a World Bank report sayng that:

The combination of higher energy prices and related increases in fertilizer prices and transport costs, and dollar weakness caused food prices to rise by about 35-40 percentage points from January 2002 until June 2008.

Salmon also notes:

According to Chakrabortty, World Bank president Bob Zoellick tried to suppress publication of the report – something which, if true, probably only served to draw further attention to it.

Its not exactly like I was expecting a World Bank president clean of politics.


Written by walonline

July 30, 2008 at 12:40 pm

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  1. dummidumbwit

    July 30, 2008 at 12:43 pm

  2. Nice photos.

    Wind is really an intriguing problem. We would have to update a nationwide grid if we really wanted to move towards a “Pickens’ Plan” type of policy. It is certainly a valuable spoke in the wheel of a mixed, viable energy plan.

    We’ll sure be seeing a lot more of the wind farms in Minnesota, as the state has recently legislated something like 30% of power coming from wind. Hopefully the turbines don’t freeze!

    It would really be nice if politicians would not want 100% of one thing or the other. We need a mix of technologies and a lot of R&D going forward.


    July 30, 2008 at 4:15 pm

  3. Thanks, Believe it or not, I’m a Gustavus Adolphus College grad BA History 1979


    July 30, 2008 at 9:19 pm

  4. Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions.  Small people always do that, but the really great make you believe that you too can become great.MarkTwainMark Twain

    Lisbon Treaty

    July 31, 2008 at 2:24 am

  5. […] Technology by walonline on July 31st, 2008 As noted a number of times previously at this blog (recently and in April), Corn and other plant-based (in this context meaning seed, dirt, sprout, etc.) […]

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