Here Is the SHOCKING BUT TRUE Story of Big Oil’s Hypocrisy About Ethanol
by Marc J. Rauch (Auto Channel/Daily Caller) The website “FillUpOnFacts.com” is sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute (API). It exists to bash ethanol and its hypocrisy begins with the website’s name. The website is filled-up with lies.
This website lists 13 categories, and then links to details that API pretends are facts to support their bashing of ethanol.
For decades — while Standard Oil and other gasoline companies vehemently protested against ethanol fuels in the United States — Standard Oil, Cities Service (CITGO), and other American-based oil companies, sold ethanol-gasoline blends in Great Britain, where they marketed these fuels as being more powerful, cleaner and cooler running.
Cities Service (known today as CITCO) sold an ethanol-gasoline blend for many years called “Koolmotor.”
The benefits mentioned in the Discol ads include:
• Ethanol (alcohol) contributes to a brilliant performance and better mileage
• Engines run cooler and cleaner
• Ethanol has long been used to prevent icing in aircraft and car engines
• Amazing acceleration and smoother running
• More miles per gallon
• Highest anti-knock value
• It’s thermal efficiency is higher than non-ethanol gasoline (BTUs are irrelevant)
• Less carbon is produced, ethanol actually removes carbon deposits
Great Britain wasn’t the only place in Europe that sold ethanol or ethanol-gasoline blended fuels; alcohol was used extensively throughout Europe, South America, and Asia. Italy’s brand was Benzacool, Hungary had Moltaco, Sweden had Lattybentyl, South Africa Natelite, Brazil’s big brand was Alcool, and, in the late 1930s, the United States had an ethanol-gasoline blend called Agrol.
“The Forbidden Fuel,” a book co-authored by William Kovarik, Hal Bernton, and Scott Sklar details the use of ethanol throughout the world. Bill Kovarik has expanded on all this through his internet presentations, such as his History of Biofuels.
For example, in the 1970s, Texaco was producing an ethanol-gasoline blend and selling it in the United States. Here’s a TV commercial from 1979 featuring Bob Hope promoting corn alcohol blended with gasoline:
Mohawk gasoline stations in Canada sold an E10 ethanol-gasoline blend. It gave consumers “faster starts, more power, and cleaner emissions.“
The great significance in all this is that prior to our modern Ethanol Renaissance (and production of vehicles with “ethanol-compatible components” starting in the 1990′) tens of thousands of vehicles — sorry, make that hundreds of thousands of vehicles… no, I mean millions of vehicles in Europe, the Americas, and Asia — were powered by fuels that contained ethanol.
The report is titled, “Sulfate Salts in Gasoline and Ethanol Fuels – Historical Perspective and Analysis of Available Data.” It was published in September 2017.
Here’s the thing: As I often say during my public speaking appearances, all liquids are corrosive, and one of the most corrosive liquids in the world is water. Water is so corrosive that if metals aren’t treated or cared for, it could cause our largest aircraft carriers and biggest passenger jets to fall apart.
Gasoline is a toxic, caustic, corrosive liquid.
When tetra-ethyl lead was added to gasoline by the General Motors scientists in the early 1920s, it worked like ethanol in quieting engine knock. However it was highly corrosive, so they had to add ethylene dibromide to the gasoline-tetraethyl lead fuel mixture. Now they had a poison (gasoline), mixed with another poison (tetraethyl lead) in order to stop the engine knock caused by gasoline, with yet another poison (ethylene dibromide) to stop corrosion caused by tetraethyl lead.
However, the new report released by NREL introduces the distinct possibility that the modern complaints of ethanol corrosion are the result of intentional or accidental monkeying with the ethanol-gasoline blends by the oil industry (or cronies of the oil industry) to denigrate ethanol. READ MORE
2018 CAAFI General Meeting and ASCENT Symposium — December 4-6, 2018 — Washington, DC
The Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) seeks to enhance energy security and environmental sustainability for aviation through alternative jet fuels. CAAFI is a coalition that focuses the efforts of commercial aviation to engage the emerging alternative fuels industry. It enables its diverse participants – representing all the leading stakeholders in the field of aviation – to build relationships, share and collect data, identify resources, and direct research, development and deployment of alternative jet fuels.
The CAAFI Biennial General Meeting is an excellent opportunity for CAAFI stakeholders and leaders alike to experience the momentum of the alternative aviation fuel market, which continues to develop and mature every year. CAAFI scheduled its General Meeting for December of this year to allow for the presentation and discussion of results from this year’s pending ICAO CAEP and Assembly meetings, progress on, or analysis of, the next Farm Bill, mid-term election results and implications, and the maturation of several commercial activities. Plenary sessions will address all aspects of alternative jet fuel supply chain development and deployment.
The 2018 CAAFI Biennial General Meeting will also include a special partnership with the Aviation Sustainability CENTer (ASCENT) of Excellence, which will use the Meeting as an opportunity to share alternative jet fuel research and progress with the broader CAAFI community. We welcome ASCENT’s partnership and look forward to their presentations!
The CAAFI team welcomes your participation in our Biennial General Meeting! READ MORE