The industry is probably adding “25 per cent to 30 per cent more than is required.”
Martin Mittelstaedt - THEGLOBEANDMAIL
- May 21, 2012
When the gaskets in that older car get brittle faster, dissolve plastic parts, corrode the rest of the engine, thank the ethanol industry for ruining your car. --Ed.
Federal law forces oil companies to sell gasoline in Canada with an ethanol content of 5 per cent, but the industry is going one better.
Oil refiners like ethanol so much, they’ve quietly begun selling gasoline with substantially more of the additive.
Adding ethanol – the same active ingredient that gives beer and wine drinkers a buzz – to gasoline has been controversial. While it leads to lower tailpipe emissions of air pollutants and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, the additive cuts car mileage by a few percentage points because it contains less energy than a similar volume of refined gasoline. Most ethanol is made from crops, such as corn, raising worries that turning it into fuel could raise food prices.... [Read More]