Ethanol sounds good reducing oil imports but the negatives any many.
Rice University analysis questions U.S. ethanol subsidies | OregonLive.com
Rice University analysis questions U. S. ethanol subsidies
Federal taxpayers forked over $1.95 a gallon in ethanol subsidies in 2008 on top of the retail gasoline price, a new white paper from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy found.
Study: US biofuels policies flawed
Study: US biofuels policies flawed | Rice University National Media Site
National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America <------ These guys are no slouches!
Environmental, economic, and energetic costs and benefits of biodiesel and ethanol biofuels
The University of Minnesota has also studied Ethanol you can Google it. When you are Googling it you are likely to come across sites that think it's a good idea. Those sites are put up by the guys pocketing the $1.95 a gallon of our tax money.
This is what Ethanol is doing for us;
Reduced fuel milage
Corrosive to metal and rubber parts of the fuel system
Higher grain prices filtering through our entire food system and the price of farmland itself
Tax subsidies of $1.95 per gallon
Very inefficient in that it consumes a great deal of energy to produce — almost 1 to 1. However Biodiesel from soybeans, however is very efficient in this regard as is Ethanol from sugar cane @ 1 to 8.
Your state may have pure gas - you can check here: Ethanol-free gas stations in the U.S. and Canada
Here is what the pumps look like in Minnesota
Certainly modern fuel systems have been designed to resist corrosion from Ethanol since its introduction into the fuel supply. It's just that I don't want to put something into my bike or car that is a just a 'little' corrosive and is ok if I don't use it at a rate that exceeds 10%.
Energy of gasoline compared to Ethanol:
1 gallon of gasoline = 125,000 BTU
1 gallon of Ethanol = 84,400 BTU