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the online skirmishes I've engaged in with alternative fuel haters - or as I've
often referred to them, gasoline whores - I've never come across one person
who spoke from personal experience...they only quote the lies told to them by
the oil industry. On many occasions, I've asked them if they've ever tried using
a high ethanol-gasoline blend in their personal vehicles or rental cars, but they
never respond. It would be the simplest thing to do to prove their claims that
ethanol is bad by just renting a car for a few days and pump some E85 into the
car. But they don't do it.
I've issued challenges to publicly debate these gasoline whores, or at least
prove my findings wrong, but there have been no comers. I've written about
these challenges and tried to shame them into responses. In some instances
there are brief responses where they ask me some additional information, but
after I provide the information they disappear, and in almost all instances never
address the subject again in the media. (My most enjoyable literary skirmishes
are included in this book.)
In the egregious case of Robert Bryce, author of "GUSHER OF LIES," he continues to tout the same erroneous information that he spouted in 2008 when he
wrote his trashy book, even though everything negative he claimed has either
been disproved or made redundant by evolving technologies.
In the case of Robert L. Bradley, co-author of "ENERGY - THE MASTER RESOURCE," I met for the first time an alt-fuel hater who was truly looking for, and
willing to accept other information. Rob Bradley and I corresponded several
times. In the end, he acknowledged that he hadn't considered the information I
presented when he wrote his treatise "OIL, GAS, AND GOVERNMENT: THE
U.S. EXPERIENCE (1996)," and said he would include the information in his
treatise going forward. He also asked me to write a short "thesis" for his website
to explain why and how gasoline wrongfully became our primary engine fuel.
He published my "thesis" in early 2016, and since that time not one of his readers or followers has attempted to challenge or contradict the conclusions I presented.
The nation is at an interesting point in time; and I've entered a new crossroad
in my experimentation with ethanol, as I'll explain below.
Most new gasoline-powered passenger vehicles are openly approved for E15,
which means there's no threat of voiding the warranty for these new cars if the
owner uses E15, assuming he or she can find it. A government mandate to use