If I could find a pure gas location within 50 miles from me I would only fuel up their... Sucks to be stuck with screwethonol:animal0034:...The BP in Foley Alabama is advertising 100% gas no ethanol the 89 octane ,a nice gesture and hopefully a trend starter for other gas retailers :desismiley1:
Good point, well taken.In addition Damocles I believe that the US gov is using the ethanol blended fuel to try and reduce dependence on foreign oil. Possibly more than supposed global warming concerns.
I have some experiance with LNG powered vehicles. The problem is the weight of the storage tanks is very high due to the extreme pressure (3500 PSI) required to liquify nat gas. A 3/4 ton pickup was over max gross weight with a set of tanks capable of 250 miles range with no other cargo in the truck. Pretty much impossible to do on a bike I'd say! The smaller the vehicle the bigger the relative weight penalty. The other problem was the power was only about 50% of gasoline powered vehicles.Good point, well taken.
I'm sure you're quite correct, justjeff, "energy independence" is used as a justification for subsidizing ethanol production, as it was for subsidizing Soylendra (solar panels) and A123 Systems ("Volt" car batteries), both now defunct.
Is energy independence the primary driver for ethanol production? Perhaps so. Yet, an alternative appears more practical and effective to me: Allowing more drilling for domestic oil, and approving a pipeline for Canadian shale oil might also reduce dependence upon foreign oil as well. These options, unlike subsidizing ethanol production, would cost no taxpayer funds and would not contribute to the national debt and deficit.
The US government supports and encourages oil production in Brazil (where ethanol is produced from sugar cane), but seems less enthusiastic about developing domestic oil and gas reserves.
Just thinking; automobiles, trucks, and buses have been converted to run on cleaner (than gasoline) natural gas; anyone ever heard of a natural gas-powered motorcycle?
O.K., we get a federal grant, and loan guarantees, and then we . . .