Ethanol

I use non-ethanol gas when I fill up my truck. Driving to the little Marathon gas station to buy it is inconvenient. The gas costs a few pennies more per gallon than the ethanol-laced gas at nearly every other station. But, I get better mileage and my “service engine soon” light comes on less frequently. It seems surprising it’s so difficult to find non-ethanol gas.

I’m also puzzled that there are stickers on gas pumps that say “may contain up to 10% ethanol.” Am I missing something obvious here, or would it be unacceptable for almost any other industry to give themselves that kind of leeway? For example, imagine if anything else you bought said “may contain up to 10%” of anything?

Most gasoline sold nationwide is 10 percent ethanol, a byproduct of corn or other crops. Acting under a 2007 federal law, the Environmental Protection Agency has mandated increasing levels of ethanol in gasoline, saying it will help reduce pollution and carbon emissions, which are implicated in global climate change. The mandates are making it almost impossible for distributors to find ethanol-free gasoline.

via Ethanol-free gas on the way out | The Burlington Free Press | Burlington, Vermont.

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