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Sunday, August 05, 2018

EPA says ethanol harms the environment

Beginning in the 1980s, the federal government has adopted mandates requiring ethanol be mixed into gasoline in order to stretch out oil supplies and to save the environment.

Now the Environmental Protection Agency has finally admitted that ethanol does more harm than good.

The agency finally released a 159-page assessment, which included this passage, "Evidence since enactment of [the Energy Independence and Security Act] suggests an increase in acreage planted with soybeans and corn, with strong indications from observed changes in land use that some of this increase is a consequence of increased biofuel production."

The Daily Caller reported, "Other findings from the study show: More ethanol from corn has resulted in greater nitrogen oxide emissions, greater demand for biofuel feedstock has contributed to harmful algae blooms, and increased irrigation has placed greater stress on water sources.

"Essentially, the study found that biofuel mandates are boosting production of corn and soybeans.

"Large-scale production of these crops is causing environmental degradation.

"The EPA also found that — at least in some instances — using ethanol in lieu of gasoline resulted in worse air emissions.:

Algae blooms are mucking up Lake Erie and other large bodies of water.

History shows again and again, how nature points out the folly of man...

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23 comments:

  1. ANOTHER environmental success story, proudly brought to you by the same agency that turned a river yellow.

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    1. AMEN. EPA water has had crappy "leadership" for many years and has allowed for things like the Animas R crisis and the huge algae blooms in W Lake Erie .... while obsessing on non problems like harmless atmospheric methane, and CO2. Like most fed agencies it is still infested with incompetents and ideologues and probably should be emptied and then restaffed at about 25% its current level.

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    2. Hydrogen burnt in oxygen gives environmentally-pure water, right?

      What the advocates of “clean-burning hydrogen” will never tell you is that, when hydrogen burns in air, the heat of combustion is so great that some of the air’s nitrogen is chemical bound with the oxygen forming the polluting oxides of nitrogen aka NOX.

      From this, we may draw two conclusions:

      1). Never trust a Greenie.

      2. Never get between a Greenie and a bucket of Federal cash.

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  2. The biofuel mandates are right out of the Soviet-era central planning playbook. Horrible ideas to begin with that should be dropped immediately. Our ag production systems should be more focused on producing food for US citizens, and less on centrally planned mandates and, yes, less on exporting our water and soil resources to "our good friend" China in the form of soybeans. Sorry that's tilting at a big ol' windmill so flame away

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    1. No argument! What you say rings true.
      JimNorCal

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  3. With the new trade deals coming up we should be able keep the farmers busy growing food and feed. Getting rid of the "destroyer of carburetors" will be a lot easier then. Save the lawnmowers and chainsaws

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    1. Right, CK...plus, you toss that ethanol corn back into the general feed stash and watch the price of everything from steak to ice cream drop.

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    2. The use of ethanol also diverts a lot of what could-have-been food corn into fuel; thus driving up the price of corn in places where that's what poor people eat (Mexican tortillas & similar.)

      So poor people of the world will rejoice as they can fill their bellies more cheaply (well, they'd rejoice if the FakeMedia didn't lie about this news.)

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    3. Here in Montana, Premium gas is often marked as ethanol-free, so I have to use it for fueling my lawnmower, weed eater and snowblower. My research showed that ethanol is a killer for small engines.

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  4. History shows again and again, how nature points out the folly of men...Godzilla!

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    1. Next up; The Golden Age of Leather...!

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    2. Raise your can of beer on high! - Elric

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  5. I have long thought that President Trump
    Would lead us away from ethanol but he talks it up to Iowans. Not so sure now. Maybe after 2020?

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    1. POTUS Trump will not do it,the EPA will.That is the reason for the report.

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  6. Ethanol would explain why the engine’s piston broke.

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  7. One ethanol talking point is that the byproduct of production can be used as a ruminant livestock feed. True to a point. This byproduct usually known as DDGS contains high levels of sulfur which can substitute itself for thiamine in the digestion process with the resulting thiamine deficiency causing a brain swelling/necrosis that untreated results in death. It's also high in phosphorus that even with precautions can cause urinary calculi in male animals with a high death rate despite treatment. Mycotoxins and other toxins if present in the raw ingredient corn pass thru the distillation process intact and if the feed purveyor doesn't check for them can be deadly to livestock. Distillers grains can also pick up contamination from poor storage and handling techniques. DDGS makes an inexpensive feed filler but for all these reasons and more I limit DDGS to less than 10% in any feed formula.

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  8. Would be so happy if they killed Ethanol. Awful for boats and hard to find ethanol-free stations.

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  9. This is a smart reworking of the narrative about ethanol. The populations of majority D and farm states must first understand this legislated windfall does harm before it can be ended. The rest of us already hate the higher cost of an inferior product.

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  10. Booze is for people to drink, not cars. Feed is for the four legged, not four wheel drive. It's for the planet!

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    1. Damn right! Save the ethanol for bourbon.

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  11. All corn products should be aged in oak casks for 10 years before use.

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  12. ethanol plays hell on small engines. I have a 2 yr old 400 buck mower that I had to spend $100 on to have a professional completely clean out the gunked up carb from the ethanol fuel. He said the EPA has rules that make manufacturers make carbs more restrictive to save the environment, and this makes them much more apt to clog with ethanol gunk. Never use ethanol laced fuel in your mower. Use True Fuel or similar only with zero ethanol.

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  13. To be fair... If they grow less corn, and grow less soybeans... What else shall they grow? And still pay the mortgage?

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