Thread: E85 fuel FAQ
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Old 07-25-2005, 06:09 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by mrbell
The main problem w/ ethanol is that it's production is much more costly in terms of energy. I'm all for alternative fuels, but the fact that ethanol production is ONLY sustainable w/ gov't subsidies is a huge problem in my book. It seems cheaper but that's because the gov't pays for it's production w/ your tax dollars therefore you're paying alot more than you think. It may also be cleaner to burn in a car, but ethanol production requires huge amounts of energy from power plants that usually burn coal or oil. Now, if they were wind, solar, wave, etc powered that was clean, I might have a different view, but it really still would be much more costly in almost every sense of the word...
I am in the same boat as you are, do you know of any current studies where they have proven that ethnol production is a net loss. Many of the studies I have read are fairly old and are using incorrect numbers, and some tend to say it is a net loss others say it is a net gain.
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