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expect to experience some big problems...and THIS is true no matter the age
of the car.
The "varnish" that you are referring to is caused by the gasoline component,
not the alcohol component. If you have ever worked with finished wood items,
you would know that varnish is often removed or softened by using alcohol.
Ethanol/alcohol is a solvent. It cleans engines.
I look forward to any reply you would like to make.
Follow up from BABALUGATZ:
Well, I'm off on the subsidy thing but....you can't eat oil or gas.....Ethanol is/has
been driving up food prices across the board....Cattle feed, thousands of food
products made from corn.
Reply from MARC:
I'm glad to see that I was helpful in straightening out the subsidy issue. You're
correct, you can't eat or drink petroleum oil or gasoline. But you are incorrect
about ethanol production causing food prices to rise.
The issue of ethanol causing food prices to rise came to a head in 2008 when
The World Bank published a report that blamed rising food prices on increased
ethanol production. The oil industry was quick to jump on this and spent tons of
money to get media outlets and on-air media personalities to hawk the story. It
caused quite a sensation.
However, the report was wrong. In 2010, The World Bank published another
report on food prices, in which they reevaluated the data on the earlier report
blaming ethanol. They now correctly blamed the skyrocketing cost of petroleum
oil products for the food price increases. The petroleum products that caused
the skyrocketing crude oil prices included gasoline, diesel fuel, plastic (for food
packaging), and printing inks (also for food packaging).
About two years later, The World Bank published another report on the subject
and reiterated that it was rising petroleum oil prices that were the cause of the
food price increases.