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Re: ethanol gas

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A quick Google search shows that the "Experts" think as much as 3% of gasoline sold as motor fuel is E-0, non-lethal containing gasoline. BUT, gasoline retailers in Iowa claim that E-0 is 14% of the gallons they sell. North Carolina seems to be the largest user of E-0, but WISCONSIN has the highest number of retail E-0 outlets. They really can't pin down an exact number of gallons of E-0 gas that's sold because typically the ethanol is added to the gas as the tank trucks going to the stations are loaded, but they hint that something more than 5% is the actual number. I got in a really heated argument on a forum years ago when somebody said only 5% of the nation's corn crop was used to make ethanol to add to gasoline. My research showed in was between 35 and 40%. Using corn to make ethanol to stretch our motor fuel supply seems silly, that only raises the cost to feed livestock, which increases meat prices. Articles I've read say a plant called "Sawgrass", typically found in the Florida Everglades has absolutely NO other use, and could be processed to make a higher amount of ethanol per ton of plant matter processed. But we use corn because farmers grow too much of it. International Harvester tested running DT-466 engines on 100% ethanol back in the late 1970's. The idea was that farmers would grow corn and distill it on their farm to power their equipment. Ethanol is a great motor fuel, makes crazy horsepower, need to change oil more frequently. Drag racers and sprint car racers have been using it for 60-70 years.

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