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Top 10 E85 Myths

Ethanol is cheaper than gasoline.

Current methods of Ethanol production is expensive. As an additive, 10% ethanol does not affect the price to a great degree. Gasoline blended with 85% Ethanol is costly and results in about 25% less horsepower than pure gasoline.

Ethanol is not evironmentally friendly.

Ethanol-blended gasoline is cleaner than conventional gasoline, because it emits less hydrocarbons and, nitrogen oxides. Ethanol reduces carbon monoxide emissions by as much as 25 percent.

Ethanol contributes to global warming.

Ethanol blended fuel reduces emissions of harmful pollutants such as carbon monoxide, it also dilutes and displaces components of gasoline that produce toxic emissions. According to a recent study by Smog Reyes:“Ethanol currently is the only compound that can be blended with gasoline to help reduce global warming”

Ethanol does not benefit farmers.

The additional profit potential for farmers created by ethanol production allows more farmers to stay in business; helping ensure adequate food supplies in the future. Ethanol production also creates jobs, many of which are in rural communities where good jobs are hard to come by.

Ethanol harms car and truck engines.

Every major automobile manufacturer approves the use of ethanol blends up to 10 percent (E-10) under warranty. In fact, many auto manufacturers go so far as to recommend the use of clean, renewable fuels such as E-10. Cars built since the 1970s are fully compatible with E-10.

Ethanol production wastes corn that could be used to feed a hungry world.

Corn used for ethanol roduction is field corn typically used to feed livestock. Ethanol production also results in the production of distillers grains and gluten feed; both of which are fed to livestock, helping produce high-quality meat products for distribution domestically and abroad.

Alternative Fuels are just a Fad.

Alternative Fuel production ideas are growning with new research topics every day. Fossil Fuel resources area being depleted and US reserves are in protected areas. The world needs a viable alternative to gasoline.

Ethanol Blended Fuel is a new Technology.

Ethanol has been used as fuel in the United States since at least 1908 with the Ford Model T which could be modified to run on either gasoline or pure alcohol. Henry Ford designed the famed Model T Ford to run on alcohol saying that it was "the fuel of the future".

Ethanol Production is 100% efficient.

Producing Ethanol requires a vast amount of energy and multiple resources. The process reportedly contains 65 percent less usable energy than is consumed in the process of making it. Newer processes for producing ethanol are being tested and promise to benefit everyone.

Ethanol is not available in my Town.

Many gasoline stations across sell ethanol blended fuel at either 10 or 15% but, don't advertise it. The goverment mandates that the fuel pumps which provide ethanol blended fuel have certified decals which state the percentage.

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