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Thursday, August 18, 2005

The question of Ethanol

Pharyngula has a copy today of a good editorial on the use of ethanol. It's definitely worth a read.

I'm ho-hum about ethanol. Insofar as it makes a good oxygenate, it's a fine additive. I also think that this country needs one gasoline formulation, not dozens, so if ethanol is the best additive for everybody, that's fine. But I'm wholly against agricultural subsidies, and ethanol isn't going to replace oil. It just can't.

But read the article for yourself.


At 10:41 PM, August 18, 2005, Anonymous Garrick Van Buren said...

I disagree. Ethanol works where there's lots of corn or sugar cane. Not every state in the union is able to produce these crops in quantity as the midwest. I remember a cross-country road trip a few years back where Nebraska gas stations were promoting the high percentage of ethanol in their gas while Wyoming stations proudly boasted, "there's not corn in our gas." It will always be and should always be a regional thing.

At 7:30 AM, August 19, 2005, Blogger American Lung Association of Minnesota said...

Don't count on it, Garrick. Montana passed an ethanol manadate this year, and it is not exactly a big-time corn state (for that matter, neither is MN, compared to IN, IA, IL, NE). Ethanol plants are being built on the coasts, in the south, all over. We just got a big head start on the movement.

See the American Lung Association of Minnesota's take on E85 (and biodiesel) fuels at this site:

I also blog on this topic from time to time. Stop in for a visit!


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