Why is the Gov’t Mandating E15 if Big Ethanol is Unwilling to Back it?
The Domestic Fuels Protection Act Racket
Just classic. According to Consumer Reports, the corn ethanol lobby has introduced legislation that would:
“ … leave consumers on the hook for any product damage caused by E15 …Rather than trying to solve the problem of preventing damage from E15 and easing its transition into the marketplace, this bill would simply sweep aside all liability for everyone but the consumer,”
That picture of a decomposed gasket is an example of what happens over time when an improperly engineered component meets a corrosive compound at elevated pressures and temperatures. In this case, the compound was coffee in an espresso machine. Click here to see a gasket destroyed by ethanol in a gasoline engine.
It’s only a matter of time before the corn ethanol lobby goes after the laws protecting our air and water as well. From the Star Tribune:
A Minnesota ethanol plant has been hit with an $800,000 pollution penalty, the latest in a multi-year regulatory crackdown that state officials say appears to be changing the industry’s ways.
Bushmills Ethanol Inc. of Atwater, Minn., was fined for illegally discharging salt-laden wastewater into a ditch and then lying about it, the state Pollution Control Agency said Friday.
It is the third-highest penalty against a Minnesota ethanol producer in six years, a period when 13 of the state’s 21 plants got caught polluting the air or waterways, and sometimes both. Altogether the penalties have exceeded $5.1 million.
For those of you out there laboring under the mistaken impression that the corn ethanol industry is the good guy fighting evil big whatever, think again. They break the laws when they can afford to, try to change the laws when they can’t afford to break them, and export ethanol when it is more profitable to do so. Corn ethanol isn’t about protecting the environment or decreasing oil imports. It’s about money. Everything else, including the title of this latest legislation, is a smokescreen.