Why is it Brazil uses much higher concentrations of ethanol with no problems? Toyota's, Ford's, Chevy's, all the same cars we have are fine.
Gasoline takes like 70 gallons of water to make 1 gallon.
Ethanol uses 2 to make a gallon. And if you want to include rainfall, then calculate how mach rain it took until the fossils turned into crude oil.
Ethanol is creating massive amounts of feed for livestock. Whole kernals of corn are hard on digestive tracks. The ddgs left after the starch is used are a lower fat high protein feed that's easier for animals to digest.
Higher ethanol blends get better MPG's. It's the cheap subgrade (84) octane gasoline that won't even run in engines without ethanol blended into it, that's partly to blame.
And while gasoline production creates zero food, ethanol plants are growing algae for the feed markets as well as selling ddgs, a better feed than corn.
The car companies are telling the ethanol companies that the new standard of 54 mpg's by 2025 is only possible with high octane fuels like ethanol.
Newer, smaller, high compression engines that are designed to run on ethanol, instead of just tolerate it like flex-fuels, need the high octane of ethanol. These new engines will get better mpg's than gasoline thanks to the 113 octane of ethanol.
What a load of nonsense. Ethanol gets poorer mileage in your car for the simple reason that a gallon of alcohol produces less energy when burned than a gallon of gasoline. It's just that simple. Gasoline is a superior fuel except for the tendency for any trapped water to freeze in winter causing a frozen fuel line. That's why I prefer 10% alcohol.
Brazil started the ethanol plan way back during the Arab oil embargo when they saw the gas lines in the US and decided this wasn't going to happen to them. This was before their big offshore oil finds. And remember, Brazil is closer to the equator so it can easily grow the sugar beets or cane or whatever they use to make their alcohol.
Ok, ethanol may be better than gas as you say, but I have lots of gas after celebrating and drinking lots of beer after making some big bucks today on Valero which is primarily an oil refiner with a side business in ethanol. Sorry if it stinks a little... my bad.
and dont' forget you can DRINK ETHANOL. it was esp. good at college to get the girls drunk with it in punch, b/c they couldn't taste it until it hit 'em. If you drink it, make sure it's in a bottle and reads: Everclear. 75% or 95% (most states won't sell you the 85%).