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Ethanol-Free Gas Usage Drops in 2016, Still Exceeds EPA’s Expectations

Posted July 13, 2017 9:00 AM by dstrohl
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Expecting demand for ethanol-free gasoline to dwindle last year, officers with the Environmental Protection Agency instead found that usage came in at more than double their estimates, as reported in the agency’s proposal to cut total ethanol volumes in fuel for the first time.

“For the 2016 and 2017 standards, we based the total renewable fuel volume requirement in part on the expectation that the RFS program would result in all but a tiny portion – estimated at 200 million gallons – of gasoline to contain at least 10 percent ethanol,” according to the proposal. “We now estimate that the volume of E0 used in 2016 was about 500 million gallons.”

In 2015 retailers sold an estimated 700 million gallons of ethanol-free gasoline.

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07/13/2017 11:51 AM

Avide E30 user here! 1000 - 1500 gallons most years since it became more widely available in my region.

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07/13/2017 11:58 AM

Sorry, but grain alcohol is best "bottled & bonded" and sipped, not "mixed & burnt" in vehicles (wink,wink)!

It's also typical that a gobberment agency (EPA) grossly underestimated the public's reaction to their (EPA) "meddling assistance" by diluting the energy content of gasoline.

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07/23/2017 4:05 PM

And there are still some folks out there looking out for their small engine garden tools...

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2013/03/gas-with-ethanol-can-make-small-engines-fail/index.htm

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07/14/2017 9:11 AM

Since Ethanol has been added to retail gasoline I have never needed to add a single gas drying agent in the winter. I'm glad my fuel lines and gaskets are designed to not dissolve from Ethanol.

I still prefer my sipping beverages to be aged in a charred barrel.

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07/24/2017 8:37 AM

"I'm glad my fuel lines and gaskets are designed to not dissolve from Ethanol."

And here we get to the heart of the proverbial corn maize(1). The General Public(2) generally does not KNOW that some materials used in fuel lines and gaskets will degrade in the presence of alcohol, and lack the skills to determine which are the 'Ethanol safe' materials and which are not. In their ignorance, they end up blaming the fuel, and the government that is mandating the fuel, instead of educating themselves on which of their old, heirloom landscaping tools would be best retired and replaced with newer gear that is not only Ethanol save, but more efficient/quieter(3).

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  1. If you'll pardon the cluster of puns and 'too appropriate' phrases.
  2. Think about how dumb the 'average American' is. Nor realize that, statistically speaking, half of them are dumber than that.
  3. I have no qualms against gas-powered leaf blowers and stand-on self-propelled mowers, but if they're going to be run at 5-o'clock in the flipping morning, on a Saturday, could they PLEASE use gear that's not as loud as a 747 skipping over the roofs on its way to the O'hare landing strip(4)?
  4. Yeah, I'm also pissed about the new runway layout at O'hare. When we bought the house it WASN'T under a landing flight path, now, due to the paralleling of the runways, it's under ALL the flight paths.
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