You Got to Be Kidding Me!

News: Ethanol Still Corrodes Engine Parts

Posted in Economics, Going Green, Politics by Stacy McMahon on August 27, 2008

For the commenter the other day who wanted to ignore ethanol’s obvious, big problems because it’s a quick way to go green, here’s some evidence that I’m not making up the part about it destroying any fuel system into which it’s introduced:

MSNBC has an polled a handful of small engine mechanics and each of them cite internal engine damage, which they claim can be attributed to the use of alcohol fuels. We’ve heard about this problem for at least two years, and expect that this is an issue which will get even more attention as the government mandates more ethanol to replace petroleum.

My guess is that once the problem becomes too big to ignore, the response is likely to be more regulations that will end up taking small engine-powered tools off the market – whether or not there’s any feasible replacement available. Remember this when your only option for yard maintenance is to hire a service, because you can’t personally afford a decent lawnmower anymore.


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