posted on Jul, 6 2011 @ 06:23 PM
Adding ten percent ethanol to gasoline
reduces your mileage by about 8 percent.
The milieage on my camry has decreased by
about 3 miles per gallon in the last 5 years.
I respectfully suggest you DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT! In addition to the marine issues, EPA's own web site shows that fuel economy on
10% ethanol fuel is reduced by 6-8%. And, for "E-85" fuel (85% ethanol/15% gasoline), the fuel economy is reduced by a WHOPPING 40%. Why would
anyone, but the "tree huggers" put this crap in their fuel tanks?
"Pete" Landry – Alton "Pete" Landry, Louisiana (October 5, 2009)
But the ethanol critics have shown that the industry calculations are bogus. David Pimentel, a professor of ecology at Cornell University who has been
studying grain alcohol for 20 years, and Tad Patzek, an engineering professor at the University of California, Berkeley, co-wrote a recent report that
estimates that making ethanol from corn requires 29 percent more fossil energy than the ethanol fuel itself actually contains.
The two scientists calculated all the fuel inputs for ethanol production—from the diesel fuel for the tractor planting the corn, to the fertilizer
put in the field, to the energy needed at the processing plant—and found that ethanol is a net energy-loser. According to their calculations,
ethanol contains about 76,000 BTUs per gallon, but producing that ethanol from corn takes about 98,000 BTUs. For comparison, a gallon of gasoline
contains about 116,000 BTUs per gallon. But making that gallon of gas—from drilling the well, to transportation, through refining—requires around
In addition to their findings on corn, they determined that making ethanol from switch grass requires 50 percent more fossil energy than the ethanol
yields, wood biomass 57 percent more, and sunflowers 118 percent more. The best yield comes from soybeans, but they, too, are a net loser, requiring
27 percent more fossil energy than the biodiesel fuel produced. In other words, more ethanol production will increase America's total energy
consumption, not decrease it. (Pimentel has not taken money from the oil or refining industries. Patzek runs the UC Oil Consortium, which does
research on oil and is funded by oil companies. His ethanol research is not funded by the oil or refining industries*.)