Boland to further mandatory ethanol consumption
State Representitive Mike Boland will introduce a bill which futhers the effort to increase consumption of E85, a fuel which consists of 85% ethanol and 15% traditional gasoline.
Boland had already been a sponsor of a bill which required that all new vehicles purchased by the State of Illinois be "flex-fuel" capable, which means they can run on either E85 or standard gas. Boland's new measure extends this mandate to local governments in Illinois as well.
Guess it's a good thing if you're a corn producer, but from what I've heard, Ethanol isn't the wonder fuel of the future it's cracked up to be and brings along many negatives as well. Of course, politicians from corn producing states and the presidential candidates who love them are always pushing Ethanol, but again, it's not a magic bullet for the environment nor dependency on gasoline and other much better alternatives exist.
I don't have the technical argument for and against Ethanol at my fingertips though. Anyone have some more specific info on this product and whether it's the way to go?
There's been some excellent and informative comments on this topic, and some links to further info have been helpfully provided.
First of all, I should note that details of the Boland proposal can be found at mikeboland.blogspot.com.
A consumer reports article is found here.
Illustrious and accomplished commenter "Yinn" also writes:
"I've written "Ethanol in Illinois" (http://www.citybarbs.com/?p=38) about some of the impacts to the communities near them. Another article, "New Harvest: Rain" (http://www.citybarbs.com/?p=41) talks about one of the potential downsides of ethanol production, which is high water consumption, and how that might fit into regional water woes in the future."
And interestingly enough in light of the mammoth production of pig waste a Barstow hog slaughter operation will generate, he provides a link to "New Equation: Pig Poop = Black Gold" (http://www.citybarbs.com/?p=46) which discusses U of Illinois researchers having found a way to convert hog manure into crude oil.