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False Advertising #1

July 10, 2008

My local Rutters gas station had the following stickers on their pumps for quite a while now (yes, I took pictures of the stickers because they annoyed me):

It was a fairly small and unobtrusive sticker. All it really did was cause me to try and a find a station that was selling actual gasoline and not watered down gasoline. However, as more and more stations switch over to E10 fuel, that is becoming harder to find.

So a couple of days ago I found myself having to stop at this same Rutters and get a shot of so-called ‘gas’. You could help but notice the new Ethanol sticks which are almost 3 times as large as the original ones:

What? Enriched? Are they serious? Lets take a look at the definition of the word ‘enrich‘:

: to make rich or richer esp. by the addition or increase of some desirable quality, attribute, or ingredient <the experience will enrich your life>: as a: to add beauty to : adorn b: to enhance the taste of <butter will enrich the sauce> c: to make (a soil) more fertile d: to improve the nutritive value of (a food) by adding nutrients (as vitamins or amino acids) and especially by restoring part of the nutrients lost in processing <enriched flour> e: to process so as to add or increase the proportion of a desirable ingredient <enriched uranium> <enriched natural gas>
Blending ethanol into gasoline does not enrich it. In a best case scenario the automobiles MPG are not impacted. More often than not (as in my case), ethanol has a negative impact on fuel economy.
The only thing ethanol enriches is the bank account of the corn lobby.
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4 Comments
  1. How is ETHANOL not a good thing? more ETHANOL less dependence on oil from the Middle East. I’m all about getting the hell out of there bringing our troops home, etc.

    100% ETHANOL would be fine with me but hey now we’ve got a car coming soon that runs on water! http://gizmodo.com/5016343/genepax-unveils-a-car-that-runs-on-water-and-air

    Peace,

    ~ Mr. Echo
    http://www.casualtyofdesign.com

  2. How is ETHANOL not a good thing?

    Well for starters, there’s this:

    Biofuels have caused world food prices to increase by 75 percent, according to the findings of an unpublished World Bank report
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080704/bs_afp/climateenvironmentbiofuelsworldbankusbritain_080704073556

    Ethanol Craze Cools As Doubts Multiply
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB119621238761706021.html?mod=hps_us_pageone

    The data is out there. Corn based ethanol is a sham. Food belongs on a plate, not in a gas tank.

  3. So what do you propose?

    Mr. Echo

  4. Drill here. Now.

    The best and fastest way to reduce our dependence on foreign oil is to use our own.

    Use the oil residuals from our own drilling to further fund the research of alternative fuels. Mainly bio-fuels that are NOT food based. Current algae and sawgrass projects spring to mind.

    Continue to develope wind, solar, wave/tide and nuclear power.

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