Remember Barack Obama claiming that proper tire inflation could save as much oil as easing off-shore drilling restrictions? Well if improving auto mileage is the centerpiece of the candidate's energy plan--or simply more than just a public service announcement--shouldn't the Dems reject current inefficient and expensive ethanol subsidies? My "source was the New York Times" on July 26th:
The most common blend of ethanol is called E10, which is about 90 percent gasoline and 10 percent ethanol by volume. All modern nondiesel cars are certified to run on a blend of up to 10 percent.As Henry Payne says on Planet Gore: "The ethanol mandate: Raising your food prices while reducing your fuel mileage. What a deal."
(E85, a much higher ethanol blend of about 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline, is only for vehicles specifically designated “flex fuel.”)
Gallon for gallon, pure ethanol contains one-third less energy than gasoline, and the ethanol industry acknowledges that E10 reduces mileage by about 2 percent.
Some drivers think the change is notably greater. Chuck Mai, a vice president of AAA Oklahoma, reported that his organization has been getting calls from members blaming E10 for mileage drops of 8 to 20 percent.
Drivers in Tulsa, he said, are complaining to their local service stations , saying, “‘I used to get 28 mpg; last time around, I’m getting 25. What’s going on?’”
In chat rooms at Edmunds.com and elsewhere, plenty of people are blaming ethanol for substantial mileage drops.
Texas governor Rick Perry in the Wall Street Journal:
At what price will corn be so expensive that the federal government will decide that it is time to stop driving up the price of food? . . .
As we can see now, the diversion of our corn supply from grocery stores to gasoline pumps has caused the price of corn to spiral out of control. Corn prices were once driven by market forces. Today they are artificially driven up by a government mandate. In 2004, before the mandates were imposed, the cost of corn hovered around $2 per bushel. Now it is close to $8 per bushel.
This is driving up the cost of staple food items at the grocery store. And it is also driving up the price of corn-based feed, devastating the livestock industry to the point that Texas cattle feeders have been operating in the red since 2007.