Ethanol test shows poor result

 

Here is a test I performed on my pickup truck, a 2002 GMC. A tank of gasoline before ethanol took me 300 miles. Now, with the ethanol additive, I only get 280 miles per tank. Ethanol has less BTUs than gasoline, thus reducing mileage. To reach 300 miles, I have to add a little more than one gallon of gasoline. Now I have used more fuel. The 300-mile jaunt today produces more pollution and costs more. Any reduction of pollution, from the use of ethanol, is more than offset by the use of more gasoline. Ethanol also does damage to engines of airplanes, boats and lawnmowers. How many more laws are counter productive?

Clyde Roach, Miami

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