Pa. Lawmakers Consider Repeal Of Etha...

Pa. Lawmakers Consider Repeal Of Ethanol Requirement In Gasoline

There are 14 comments on the WFMZ story from Jul 29, 2011, titled Pa. Lawmakers Consider Repeal Of Ethanol Requirement In Gasoline. In it, WFMZ reports that:

Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering a measure to stop requiring ethanol in the state gasoline supply.

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Lehighton, PA

#1 Jul 29, 2011
Yeah get rid of the ethonal it does nothing but ruin is also bad for classic cars and they don't run gas mileage on my prius this year is not as good as it was a couple of years can they say it only harms small motors? A larger motor has a carburetor so wouldn't it cover them and also are made of metal and states that it deteriorates metal? Come on now get rid of the ethanol cause it sucks!

Allentown, PA

#2 Jul 29, 2011
If ethanol cause's problems to engine's
then the state should foot the repair bill's
Les Wong

Kutztown, PA

#3 Jul 29, 2011
what is the name of the $7 additives?
Les Wong

Kutztown, PA

#4 Jul 29, 2011
it is another way to waste money by subsidy!!

Allentown, PA

#5 Jul 29, 2011
And it takes more money to make ethanol than gasoline. Also, I understand the oil companies get a subsidy to put the ethanol into their gasoline. WOW. We could save some money right there AND reducefood prices because we could eat the corn instead of burning up our engines.

Since: Jan 11

Mount Wolf

#6 Jul 30, 2011
Finally someone in our Pennsylvania government is thinking. Ethanol robs your vehicle of horsepower, and decreases you miles per gallon. It does damage to your fuel system that you end up paying to have repaired. To top it off, it jacks up food costs, including livestock and poultry feed......and we pay for it though subsidies. That's our tax money. We never should have had it in the first place.
dont drop the soap

Allentown, PA

#7 Jul 30, 2011
ethanol can only be transported in stainless steel. they are not going to build a stainless steel pipeline, thus ethanol will always have to be trucked, not a viable option. never heard this discussed.

Bluffton, IN

#8 Aug 1, 2011
Actually most is transported in carbon steel railcars.

Saginaw, MI

#9 Aug 1, 2011
Saying the "cause of death" is ethanol isn't very descriptive. Specifically what was the failure mode of the engine? Yes, ethanol has less energy content than gasoline and temperatures can run a little higher but that can be compensated for by richening the mixture. Ethanol does not cover carburetors in "schlack" but more tends to remove it if the engine is an older model. Leaving engines sit over the winter with gasoline in the fuel system is by far more of a contributor there. Moisture in fuel has been a problem but has existed for a long time. It's been such a problem in automotive you can buy "dry gas" almost everywhere.
There is potential for deterioration of metal & plastics. Metals through corrosion that the additional moisture brings into the equation & plastics from unoptimized material selection for exposed components. There ARE solutions for these problems that are not that complex. Getting the OEs (& ultimately the customers) to pay for these is the problem. Government is doing everything else for us these days, why don't they mandate that, too?
I am not a big fan of ethanol in fuel but for completely different reasons than performance in small engines. Driving the cost of feed grains up to well over double is a REAL problem. It puts the staple food way out of reach of the world's poorest people that need it most..... just so we can complain & justify a new mower.
Jack T

Wilmington, DE

#10 Aug 1, 2011
Les Wong wrote:
what is the name of the $7 additives?
Ring Free, StarTron, there are some others. Look into marine applications and see what's working there. Boaters are having some of the biggest problem with ethanol tainted fuel absorbing moisture and going into phase separation in their tanks.
Roy Faust

Pittsburgh, PA

#11 Aug 1, 2011
It's about time these gutless wonders start making things right. And the statement "It's not a problem in automobiles, but in the small engine it is," is only half right. Automobiles do suffer using ethanol.
Jack T

Wilmington, DE

#12 Aug 1, 2011
Roy Faust wrote:
It's about time these gutless wonders start making things right. And the statement "It's not a problem in automobiles, but in the small engine it is," is only half right. Automobiles do suffer using ethanol.
True that, mileage, performance and any vehicle that may sit for an extended period of time can fall victim to clogged fuel filters and gunked injectors due to water absorbtion and phase separation.

Paradise, PA

#13 Aug 3, 2011
How can you make a comment that it is not a problem in automobiles. You have got to be kidding me, what planet do you live on. Ask any automobile repair garage, and you will find out just how it affects them. I for one have had to pay not once, but twice over $200 to get the "gunk" cleaned out from ethanol gas. Wake up, what is wrong with you. It is messing up engines from automobiles, boats, to lawnmowers. You need to get a grip on reality!!!
johnnny mav

Easton, PA

#14 Aug 4, 2011
legislators please please repeal the ethanol requirements it takes more than a gallon of crude oil to make a gallon of ethanol for once show some common sense

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