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EPA looks at suspending
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Posted By: Pluperfect, 4/21/2020 4:29:34 AM

I’m not sure how much this will matter now that we’re basically out of places to store all of the oil that we’re pumping, but it’s still worth looking this proposal over. Last week we discussed the possible opportunity available to us if the EPA would agree to at least suspend the mandates of the Renewable Fuel Standard until the worst of the pandemic is behind us. Getting rid of it entirely would be preferable, but that would require congressional action that the Democrats would never agree to and it’s unclear if the President could be convinced to support the idea even if they did.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Mushroom 4/21/2020 5:32:06 AM (No. 386176)
Ethanol is for drinking, not driving. Well, except really fast and in a straight line. :)
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Bur Oak 4/21/2020 8:15:17 AM (No. 386243)
Don't suspend, eliminate the ethanol requirement.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: DVC 4/21/2020 9:07:40 AM (No. 386309)
Please just END IT. No more corn whiskey in our gas.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: hershey 4/21/2020 9:21:27 AM (No. 386333)
Awhile back I came across a cartoon I really liked...too bad we can't post them on was a pic of a guy stuffing an ear of corn into his gas tank...
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Hazymac 4/21/2020 9:24:22 AM (No. 386335)
Ethanol is an adulterant to gasoline with less than two-thirds the energy content of pure gasoline. To the extent that it is present, the alcohol in the mixture robs the motorist of both power and fuel efficiency. Ethanol also attracts water--gas does not--and is a solvent, breaking loose solids on the inside of the fuel lines and clogging fuel injectors. There is no advantage to mixing alcohol into gasoline. End the entire renewable fuels program. It never made any sense.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: cor-vet 4/21/2020 9:52:58 AM (No. 386399)
We've been hearing about the shortage of meat in recent days, so here's a suggestion. Use the corn for feedstock. Also, more corn for the bourbon distillers and breweries might even bring the price of good bourbon and beer down. Talk about a win-win. Pure gas for our vehicles and more good food and drink available.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: 49 Ford 4/21/2020 10:39:44 AM (No. 386465)
Unfortunately #5, it makes sense to Sen. Grassley.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: VietVet68 4/21/2020 10:46:44 AM (No. 386469)
They should definitely use this opportunity to eliminate the ethanol mandate. I can't tell you how many small engine carburetors I've had to rebuild because of that crap. It killed the carb and fuel pump in my 1954 Mercury as well. It has outlived its usefulness and that corn can be redirected to making bio degradable bags.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: mc squared 4/21/2020 11:02:22 AM (No. 386496)
Despite the sign on the pump saying not for motor vehicle fuel, I once filled my car with non-ethanol. I did get several more MPG. That it's the ONLY fuel that should be put into small engines goes without saying anymore.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Smart11344 4/21/2020 1:07:52 PM (No. 386678)
It's about time. Our cars were meant to burn gasoline without blending corn made ethanol into the mix. Ethanol lowers your gas mileage and probably has it's own pollutants to add to the mix. I had hoped when Donald Trump was elected he would have put a top to ethanol for use as fuel.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: NYbob 4/21/2020 1:47:11 PM (No. 386725)
Expensive conversion of food into bad fuel is not just stupid, it is morally reprehensible.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: snowoutlaw 4/21/2020 1:58:42 PM (No. 386739)
I don't like the the mandate but a lot of farmers have planted fields with it in mind. Pulling the demand out from them could do serious damage to farmers.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: or gate 4/21/2020 2:47:30 PM (No. 386768)
Ethanol is terrible for fuel. Gallons per mile and it starves corn eating people by raising the prices beyond their reach. Another liberal scheme to make them rich when elected. Corn kickbacks?
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Reply 14 - Posted by: doctorfixit 4/21/2020 3:03:16 PM (No. 386780)
Ethanol is wreaking havoc on engines. Especially plastic and rubber components. Engines that are used infrequently or that sit for a while are being destroyed quickly - lawn mowers, outboard engines, emergency generators, farm tractors . To prevent replacing engines you have to drain the tanks and carburetors and refill for each use. The environmental cost of replacing engines and parts far outweighs any benefits from ethanol Of course, liberals love this.. Once again Deep State "science" ignores the facts and jumps on idiotic ideas with fanatic zeal.
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