Betting on Ethanol-Blended Gasoline
by Tom Gerlach (The Hill/American Lung Association of Minnesota) Living on an island on the U.S.-Canada Border is not for everyone. But my family has lived in the Rainy Lake-Rainy River country of northern Minnesota for more than 100 years. It is our way of life.
When your morning commute involves a ride by boat (or snowmobile in winter), a couple of things become real important.
Second, you rely on engines…heavily. The Yamaha outboard motor stalling during high winds could spell disaster. In a best case, the rocky shore would churn the boat into scrap metal. We try to avoid fixating too much on worst cases.
Engines and the fuel to power them are central to living here. We anticipate, prepare, and take proper care of our small engines. Not to be overly dramatic, but our lives do depend on them. Boat motors, snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, generators, and even chainsaws must function properly or things can get complicated quickly for those living “up North.”
I’ve seen some claiming ethanol-blended gasoline doesn’t work in or is somehow damaging to outboards and other small engines. That’s surprisingly sad and I beg to differ.
All I offer to any detractor is that my family has used 10-percent ethanol (E10), 87-octane gasoline in all of our small engines since the late 1970s. E10 has been the standard gasoline in Minnesota for more than 20 years. We do not buy (nor do we buy into a need for) non-oxygenated (non-ethanol) premium gasoline. Frankly, with the amount of fuel we need and an 80-cent per gallon premium on that so-called premium…well, the anti-ethanol claims sure look to me to be a negative marketing ploy.
Up here and every day–we prove ethanol-blended gasoline works very well. READ MORE
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