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EPA responds "don't worry, we're warning folks, but we're forcing it on them anyways"

Sources: AAA, The Detroit News

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RE: We sure are stupid.
By Motoman on 12/2/2012 10:24:25 AM , Rating: 3
To partially address your third statement, all cars are equipped with computers today. Those cars can be calibrated to deal with the higher level of ethanol by richening the air/fuel ratio. Easy peasy.

For those few still running carburetors, they can simply re-jet their carbs to handle the ethanol. Again, tot a huge deal.

The only thing damaging about ethanol is running it at the wrong air/fuel mixture. Richen your air/fuel ratio from 15-1 to say, 13-1 and your engine will be just fine.

Nope. It's not just about the ECU. It's about seals that can't deal physically with alcohol. Or sensors, coatings, whatever. It categorically is not just a matter of adjusting the air-fuel ratio. You're not familiar with the actual issues.

RE: We sure are stupid.
By Motoman on 12/2/2012 10:26:06 AM , Rating: 2
Oh, and for:

While I agree somewhat with your third statement, I challenge you to come up with a better solution than 1 & 2 for renewable-source fuels.

Biofuel from algae is probably the best bet right now. Although processing other bio-refuse, like from poultry processing, has also shown promise.

Making any fuel from any land that could have been used to grow food, though, is a failure from the start. There's no possible way to ever justify that. Let alone the fact that you're not even getting a net energy gain with ethanol anyway...

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