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PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:43 pm    Post subject: For those who like Ethanol Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2020 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wish they would publish the total cost/benefit analysis to using ethanol in gasoline. It is my understanding the ethanol is supposed to be more environmentally friendly and reduce the US reliance on foreign oil but the actual total energy use and pollution from the production of ethanol fuel (planting, growing, harvesting, transport, distilling) negates any benefit. The net energy gain is negative.

Only people who really benefit are farmers who grow the grain for ethanol production and the producers themselves.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2020 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ssobol wrote:
I wish they would publish the total cost/benefit analysis to using ethanol in gasoline. It is my understanding the ethanol is supposed to be more environmentally friendly and reduce the US reliance on foreign oil but the actual total energy use and pollution from the production of ethanol fuel (planting, growing, harvesting, transport, distilling) negates any benefit. The net energy gain is negative.

Only people who really benefit are farmers who grow the grain for ethanol production and the producers themselves.


Totally agree! (And corn growers.)

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2020 3:40 pm    Post subject: CORN Reply with quote

Big Corn strikes again. Soon you won't be able to buy real gasoline. In the south we still can buy gasoline but I understand in some western/northern states it it almost impossible to find, even at a much higher price. This is big business pushing their government supported product down our throats.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2020 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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...I understand in some western/northern states it it almost impossible to find, even at a much higher price
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I can attest to this, as can anyone else in The People's Republic of WA. The only place I know now that still sells dyno gas near me is a farmer's co-op on Snohomish...and you will pay for it. I buy 15 gallons every fall for our gen-set (backup power for outages). I store it thru winter and then use it for all my small engines thru summer; mower, power washer, dingy outboard etc. Any extra left over in the fall goes into the wife's Sportage or my VWs. Then back to the co-op for winter. Rinse. Repeat.

I spoke to the manager and she said they used to get it from the refinery in Anacortes. But no more. They now have to truck it up from Tacoma, thru Seattle.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2020 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ssobol wrote:

Only people who really benefit are farmers who grow the grain for ethanol production and the producers themselves.


Little struggling farmers or corporate multinational agribusiness?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2020 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

localboy wrote:
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...I understand in some western/northern states it it almost impossible to find, even at a much higher price
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I can attest to this, as can anyone else in The People's Republic of WA. The only place I know now that still sells dyno gas near me is a farmer's co-op on Snohomish...and you will pay for it.

I spoke to the manager and she said they used to get it from the refinery in Anacortes. But no more. They now have to truck it up from Tacoma, thru Seattle.


Well that sure won't help the price at the pump. Twisted Evil

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Well that sure won't help the price at the pump. Twisted Evil

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Exactly. The kicker is she said the dyno gas was refined...AT ANACORTES! The refinery ADDS/MIXES the ethanol to the 100% dyno gas as they pump it into the trucks.

So then they truck it PAST Snohomish, all the way down to Tacoma and then they have to truck it all the way BACK up to Snohomish! She said they could no longer buy it directly from the refinery and had to purchase it from a middle-man supplier. Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes It's like $1 more per gallon! Evil or Very Mad
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is no place near us that sells pure gas. I do not like putting the ethanol crap in the boat or the bikes. We spent a couple months in the Black Hills last summer, and there were quite a few places that sell non-ethanol there, at about a 50 per gallon upcharge. One station owner told me that same thing that Mark said, regarding ethanol being mixed in when they put it in the tanker trucks... he muttered something about "they don't want that crap in their tanks, either." Mad

When we put pure gas in our tanks, our mileage improves by around 10%+. Not quite enough to make up the price difference, but I feel better about not buying the ethanol-laced stuff when available.

If you want to know what gas should be selling for these days, I paid $2.15 per gallon a couple days ago, here in south Texas. We are headed to Arizona soon and our daughter said their gas prices are running around $3.00 gallon. Because they can. In eastern AZ, prices are generally lower because of the proximity to New Mexico (where prices are pretty consistently lower). Got collusion?

The US is oil-self-sufficient these days; no reason we should be lacing our good fuel with ethanol. (opinion)
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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P.S. I like my ethanol best mixed with soda and a lime.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can buy ethanol free gas in Everett too. Place on Broadway.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

James, If you are coming up I-10 on your way to AZ, you will find gas is about $2.43 per gallon for 87 octance. If you are headed to Lake Mead or Powell, you can find ethanol-free gas at the Benson city airport, at Lake Havasu, and Page.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2020 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As a corn producing "farmer", I am against more ethanol. However, I am only one of a few family farmers left in Ford Co. Ill. The reason commodity prices (Corn and Soy Beans) are down is because of the Tariff situation and lack of purchase of both Soy and Pork by China, plus competition from S. America. (Brazil and Argentina). Now that the tariff situation seems to be settled, hopefully prices will go up. Lots of small farmers in bankruptcy in the last few years. (Also floods and droughts contributed to loss--we could not harvest one section last year due to weather on our farm--had to plow it under in the Spring.) I can attest to the fact that growing corn (and soy) is not cheap, and the margin or profit is fairly slim after paying all of the bills. If one was buying the land or equipment--almost impossible at today's prices.

On a recent drive across America, we saw 87 Octane for as low as $1.99.9 in Louisiana, up to $4.45.9 in Los Angeles... We can still get plenty of "pure Gas" (ethanol free) in Pensacola. It is pricey, and I can only attribute that to lack of demand, and because they can sell it--cost of an additional tank and pump.

We have over a dozen ethanol free (See Pure Gas.org) stations in Pensacola, and the nearest one is about 3 miles away. The current price for Regular 87 oct is in the $2.35 to $2.50 range.

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We spend a lot of time in Mexico, corn tortillas have always been one of their inexpensive staples, now with the subsidized rise of fuel ethanol the Mexican poor are being affected by more expensive and limited supply of food corn.
Heading down in a couple of days.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2020 5:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Non-ethanol gasoline is available in N MI. I can now start my small engines on the
first pull and skip the necessary yearly 'service' to clean a gummed up carburetors
and replace the fuel line from the previously used ethanol content. All marinas in
this area sell non-ethanol fuel at over $4/gal.

Of course, you know Uncle Sam subsidizes the corn industry, electric production
as well as electric cars themselves; all energy and tax payer dollars being wasted.
More and continued 'Fleecing of America'.

I heard they're even putting the stuff in Budweiser beer to speed up production...
I like the stuff in there and also have the right to have it 'au naturale': fermented,
not added and paying twice for it.

Aye.
As our mariner ancestors (aye?) said about ethanol: "Just drink it."

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