Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Ethanol Mandate Lies

Ethanol Mandate Lies
Al Ritter 

It’s never easy when you find that you’ve been lied to, but it’s that much more painful when the lie comes from someone you should have trusted. Such is the case in my home state of Maryland, but it isn’t much comfort to find out that we aren’t alone in our plight. 

In 2007 the George Bush Administration pushed the ethanol mandate on us at first as a program of security, claiming it was in our best interest to decrease our dependency on foreign oil by mixing corn based ethanol with gasoline to achieve a government based goal.  

We have basically two mixtures available in large scale in the United States. E10 is a 90% gasoline 10% ethanol mixture and E85 is 15% gasoline 85% ethanol. I have explained the detrimental effects of any ethanol blends in the past, but as you can imagine, the higher the ethanol content the worse the effects become. E85 can only be run in vehicles that are specifically manufactured to run such fuels commonly known as “Flex Fuel” vehicles. 

When President Bush started this ethanol mandate it began as just for government owned vehicles but quickly expanded to a mandated program for all gasoline burning vehicles in the USA. By 2011 80% of America was burning some sort of ethanol blended fuel. 

There are many problems associated with ethanol based fuels, but the largest is that ethanol attracts moisture (water in the air) in an unsealed fuel system such as lawn equipment and small engines that vent their gas tanks directly to the atmosphere. Water was never designed to be burned by internal combustion engines and even in small percentages can destroy engines. 

I first noticed drivability problems in my cars and massive problems with my lawn equipment as far back as 6 years ago as it takes a little while for the detrimental effects to show. Last year I had to rebuild three carburetors on my small engines and I had to flush the gas tank in one of my cars. 

The latest trend if continued is for the government to move to an E15 fuel even though multiple automobile manufacturers have already told the government if E15 comes to the market place it will void warranties. Undaunted the government is moving forward on this mandate regardless of what the manufacturers of internal combustion engines tell them. 

Enough about the political end of this football…….let’s talk about the lies to us the consumer. I’ll talk about Maryland first. In 2005 the “Renewable Fuels Act” was signed into law by Gov. Robt. Ehrlich formed from State Senate bill 740. Like the federal bill it started as a mandate that government vehicles had to run blended fuels. Sadly it morphed into a program that offered monetary incentives to fuel suppliers to blend ethanol into gasoline. But here is where the lies began. I can’t find out when this changed or if it was from the beginning, but in Maryland and 14 other states it’s ok to lie to the consumer and NOT have to place E10 stickers on the gas pumps whose fuel contains ethanol. In other words it’s ok to tell you the fuel doesn’t have ethanol when in fact it does! Let that sink in a moment.

California, District of Columbia - DC,  Indiana - In,  Kansas - KS,  Kentucky -KY,   

Maryland - MD,  Michigan - MI,  Minnesota - MN,  Missouri - MO,  Nevada - NV, 

* New Hampshire - NH - New Jersey - NJ,   Ohio - OH.

This is a list of the states that can legally lie to you about the content of your fuel that you buy for your vehicle. Each state seems to have its own bizarre rules on fuel reporting, but the really distressing part of all this is, that unless we pressure our State Legislatures to force gas stations to be truthful about the content of their fuels, we could have E15 forced on us with NO notice! 

I called and talked to a HUGE local fuel supplier with close to 100 gas stations in the Maryland Area and he confirmed what I had suspected. The legislature from the very beginning has NOT required them to mark gas pumps as to their content from day one in 2005, so this lie has been going on now in Maryland for 11 years! The gas stations on their own may choose to mark them or not, sadly making them just as complicit in this fraud perpetrated on the people of Maryland as our state legislature. Customers have for the last 11 years had been led to think they are buying ethanol free fuel when in fact they haven’t. 

Go here to read more about the massive lies being perpetrated on us by our state governments. Send this article to your state lawmakers and ask WHY they have seen fit to allow the lies to continue (11 years in Maryland.) Maybe your state has been lying to you even longer.  

Go here to find your state legislators and ask them why this is allowed

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