#greenfail For Everyone at the Gas Pump

Russ Steele

YubaNet has the story:

Feb. 17, 2012 – The Environmental Protection Agency’s decision today to pave the way for the sale of gasoline blended with up to 15 percent ethanol is likely to prove a nightmare for car owners who improperly fuel their gas tanks.

Every major automaker has warned that millions of vehicle warranties will be voided if drivers fill up with E15. That means consumers will pull into gas stations that could have as many as four pumps with different kinds of fuel: one for E10 (up to 10 percent ethanol); one for E15; possibly one for E85 (between 70 and 85 percent ethanol); and maybe one for old-fashioned gasoline. The EPA intends to approve E15 only for vehicles manufactured after 2000. But some gas station pumps may not even have labels specifying which ethanol blend is which, because not every state requires them.

It was only by accident that I learned my GMC 2500 Sierra will not burn bio-diesel.  The sensor in the fuel filter will shut the engine down if it detects bio-diesel, according to the mechanic who worked on my fuel problem in Colorado, about 20 miles after filling up. We may have gotten some un-labeled bio-diesel.

This EPA decision will have long term pocket book consequences, it may destroy your vehicle while raising the cost of food as more corn in used to produce the government mandated ethanol.  It is time for We the People to take back control of a government determined to produce universal misery across this great nation.

 

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About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

2 Responses to #greenfail For Everyone at the Gas Pump

  1. Dena says:

    The big problem with Ethanol and fuel system is that it attacks Aluminum and some of the rubber compounds used in the fuel system. E85 fuel systems use other materials to avoid these problems and it would be possible to replace the problem parts in existing engines. However, think of what it might cost if you have to replace the fuel injectors and fuel pumps on any cars that need it. The computers can be reprogrammed (my 96 mustang was on a recall item), but in some cases sensor changes may require a new computer as well.
    To make matters worse, the original reason for putting Ethanol in fuel was because it cause carbureted engines to run cleaner because they were starved for fuel as the result of the lower energy content of the fuel. This makes little difference to a fuel injected engine because the oxygen detector discovers the things are a little to lean and bumps more fuel into the mix (first time you heard of a device to clean the air doing the opposite.). Almost everything on the road made in the last 20 years is fuel injected so Ethanol is a very costly way of making a small change in how clean the air is.
    It’s time to pull all government investment and requirements for Ethanol and let it die a quiet death. It has cost us much and about it’s only good side is that it has removed the water from our fuel system.

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