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No Wars Have Ever Been Fought Over Ethanol

Growth Energy launched their $2.5 million television ad campaign today, promoting ethanol’s many benefits as an alternative to fossil fuels.  The spots will air on four cable networks over the next six months: Fox, MSNBC, CNN and HLN. They began airing today at 6 a.m on all four networks.  Each spot focuses on a different benefit of ethanol and promotes it as independent, clean, renewable, peaceful, sensible and economic.

Here is one example, called “America’s Peace Fuel”

To see all of the ads on Growth Energy’s Web site, click here.

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  • willywon'tgo

    Its not worth fighting over. The only demand for it is the US government imposing it on US citizens. The fight would be to eliminate the mandate.

  • randydutton

    Read http://www.opei.org/ht/a/GetDocumentAction/i/1926, which is the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute report on the damaging and dangerous problems of E15 for the 300 million American open cycle engines.

    Read http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/05/business/energy-envi..., article titled: Automakers Seek to De…lay Ethanol Blending Raise, which discusses the damage to half the vehicles tested.

    Further, the Washington State Dept of Ecology told me directly in 2008 that any more than 2% ethanol in the fuel causes Seattle, Washington to exceed EPA ozone attainment limits. Ozone causes pulmonary disease and death.

    Look, I've personally had to get equipment fixed that were damaged by E10. And ask any small engine repair shop and you'll find their business jumped with the introduction of ethanol. MSNBC did a poll and found 40% of all small engine repairs were because of added ethanol. Accept it. Ethanol is a solvent. It is conductive (causes galvanic corrosion), it is hydrophilic, it causes gas to go bad faster, it separates from gasoline to recombine with water in the tank because of its greater affinity for water, it accelerates engine RPMs causing chain saw clutches to engage during idling (first hand experience) .

    I WISH ethanol were as good as the pundits and lobbyists promised, but it isn't. I've got 124 acres of timber which I'd love to be used for cellulosic ethanol, but I won't put my personal economic advantage over the realities of alcohol based fuels.

  • randydutton

    As for the 'no wars have been fought over ethanol', that's naive. Wars have been fought over food for thousands of years. When you convert food to fuel you decrease the food supply. We have a trade war with Brasil right now because of ethanol. We had a major trade dispute in 2008 with Mexico because corn prices soared from using it for fuel, and it drove up the price of corn for their own people causing economic chaos.

    The UN claimed in 2008 that the conversion of food to fuel has put 100 million more people into starvation.

  • randydutton

    Read http://www.opei.org/ht/a/GetDocumentAction/i/1926, which is the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute report on the damaging and dangerous problems of E15 for the 300 million American open cycle engines.

    Read http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/05/business/energy-envi..., article titled: Automakers Seek to De…lay Ethanol Blending Raise, which discusses the damage to half the vehicles tested.

    Further, the Washington State Dept of Ecology told me directly in 2008 that any more than 2% ethanol in the fuel causes Seattle, Washington to exceed EPA ozone attainment limits. Ozone causes pulmonary disease and death.

    Look, I've personally had to get equipment fixed that were damaged by E10. And ask any small engine repair shop and you'll find their business jumped with the introduction of ethanol. MSNBC did a poll and found 40% of all small engine repairs were because of added ethanol. Accept it. Ethanol is a solvent. It is conductive (causes galvanic corrosion), it is hydrophilic, it causes gas to go bad faster, it separates from gasoline to recombine with water in the tank because of its greater affinity for water, it accelerates engine RPMs causing chain saw clutches to engage during idling (first hand experience) .

    I WISH ethanol were as good as the pundits and lobbyists promised, but it isn't. I've got 124 acres of timber which I'd love to be used for cellulosic ethanol, but I won't put my personal economic advantage over the realities of alcohol based fuels.

  • randydutton

    As for the 'no wars have been fought over ethanol', that's naive. Wars have been fought over food for thousands of years. When you convert food to fuel you decrease the food supply. We have a trade war with Brasil right now because of ethanol. We had a major trade dispute in 2008 with Mexico because corn prices soared from using it for fuel, and it drove up the price of corn for their own people causing economic chaos.

    The UN claimed in 2008 that the conversion of food to fuel has put 100 million more people into starvation.