A post I had written a while back about E-85 ethanol gasoline has been getting some traction lately and people have been leaving their comments. I thought I would post my reply to one of the recent comments.
The reader asked me about E-85 and ethanol gasoline and his request that the U.S produce more of this ethanol fuel to cut over seas fuel consumption.
Here is my reply, would love to get YOUR comments below the post.
I am definitely no expert with E-85, and do not use it myself but from what I have researched it costs MORE to produce than regular gasoline. The US government subsidizes the corn farmer heavily to produce the ethanol. The impact on the environment is much higher as well, more fertilizers, more water, more diesel fuel in farm equipment etc. etc.
The cold hard facts are, our nation MUST learn to consume less fuel….as well as, water, food, electricity, paper etc. etc. Our nation is a nation of consumers. Do you ever hear the government refer to us as “citizens” nope, we are the American CONSUMER. We have to keep consuming more of everything to keep our economy rolling…and the roll has been a slow roll lately.
I would much rather see the US government issue a 50% credit for every American that buys an American built Hybrid electric vehicle. Not a tax credit, but a voucher to pay 50% of the purchase price. So you as the consumer would pay 50% and the government would pay the other at the dealer level, no waiting to get paid or take a tax credit. You should also be given a 0 interest loan if needed.
1. This would cut our imported oil consumption drastically. And put more emphasis on domestic oil production and the jobs it creates.
2. This would put a lot of US auto workers to work, which the auto industry will be the biggest and fastest way to put our country to work and grow the economy.
3. This would cut air emissions drastically
4. This would save our government a heck of a lot more money than the $6 billion bailout that went to a select few of big banks.
5. This would drastically increase R&D of new battery innovations
We have to go back to being CITIZENS of this country and stop being consumers!
Just my two cents