Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Sarah asks: Environmentalists want us to conserve water. But they force us to use ethanol gas from corn. How much water is used to make a gallon of ethanol gas? Farmers need to water the corn, transport it to the plant to magically turn it into fuel. Seems like it wastes a lot of water in the process or does converting oil to gas require the same or more water?
My reply: Amen, Sarah. There is also food wastage. For humans and livestock. Food – corn (and other crops) diverted from livestock feed to feed ethanol stills. Which raises the cost of human food (beef, etc.).
Ethanol also adds water . . . to our gas. Alcohol attracts water, which causes problems in fuel systems, such as accelerating rust inside metal fuel lines and tanks (if steel). It is a particularly big problem with boat engines but also generally.
And these problems are all the result of the force-feeding of ethanol. If there were no “renewable fuels” mandate, there would be virtually no natural market for ethanol. Which of course is why those who profit unnaturally from ethanol aggressively push for and defend the mandate.
As always, follow the money!
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