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E15 AKA: The EPA wants to kill your old car

E15 Warning Label Picture

The non-elected officials at Obama’s EPA are again trying to mandate the use of  E15 gasoline. This means that instead of 10% ethanol they will now start selling  gasoline that will contain 15% ethanol. While this sounds green we feel the reality is there are many bad issues in doing this and no good ones. We also strongly suspicion the outcome the EPA really wants is nefarious and is entirely different from what they appear to claim.

The EPA’s goals appear on the surface to merely be a) reduce pollution and b) reduce dependence on oil via using more ethanol. As ethanol is made from crops such as corn, they consider it a renewable (aka green) resource. They claim that E15 is safe in cars manufactured after 2001 and that it’s the most tested fuel…ever. On the face of it, this sounds just terrific. A green win-win situation if there ever was one. In our opinion the reality of using E15 may be far different from claimed.

Like global warming, it appears to us that the EPA and Obama administration are using some good old-fashioned faux science to arrive at pre-conceived conclusions. They then put them out to the general public, who, for the most part, seem eager soak up any green BS the government spouts, true or not.

According to the article from The Hill, the automakers and AAA (the American Auto Club) take issue with E15 being safe for vehicles not originally designed it like the ones you see running around with “Flex Fuel” on the body. Those are vehicles specifically designed to run on the regular gas we use or E15.

But automakers say EPA is only considering the fuel’s impact on emissions control systems while disregarding the impact on the rest of the vehicle.

“It is clear that millions of Americans are unfamiliar with E15, which means there is a strong possibility that many motorists may improperly fill up using this gasoline and damage their vehicle. Bringing E15 to the market without adequate safeguards does not responsibly meet the needs of consumers,” AAA President and CEO Robert Darbelnet said in a Friday statement.

In a nutshell, they’re claiming the EPA only cares that if it doesn’t whack a car’s emission control system it’s deemed “safe.” Never you mind if engine or other problems may arise from using it, we’re the government, we never lie!

It’s evident they could also care less if people in even older pre-2001 autos, unaware of the potential problems, inadvertently fill their cars up from an E15 pump and destroy their engines. You will note the article from The Hill also makes it known you may not have a warranty from the manufacturer on newer cars if any E15 related damage occurs. Knowing the auto manufacturers just ‘love’ to pay warranty claims, you can probably make a safe bet that many more problems will suddenly be deemed E15 related so they can make more profit at your expense by making you pay for the damage.

So, what can happen if an automobile is not specifically designed for E15 fuel?  Apparently quite a bit.  First, it can attack rubber hoses, gaskets, seals and o-rings that are not specifically designed to withstand it. This means hoses like the one that goes from the fuel filler to the tank and the ones that go to the engine from the tank. The fuel injection units have gaskets, seals and o-rings it could attack. They also have things made from plastic such as throttle position sensors, fuel temperature sensors and idle air control valves that may not be made to withstand E15. On even older cars using carburetors, it can attack all the seals and 0-rings inside the carburetor.

E15 can also cause corrosion problems with metals like aluminum. It can corrode the aluminum fuel lines to the fuel injectors on some cars and even corrode aluminum intake manifolds.  If you look at a flex-fuel car, it will have all fuel related parts made of materials designed to withstand the corrosion effects of the higher ethanol content. Got an older car with a carburetor? It’s most likely that the body of the carburetor is aluminum.

Can you imagine what will happen to an older car that starts leaking fuel into a hot engine compartment ? Most likely the fuel will spray out someplace and sooner or later leak on to the hot exhaust manifold and catch the car on fire. Same if the fuel line from the gas tank leaks onto the hot exhaust pipe or muffler. All possibilities using E15 in cars not designed for it. You can darn well bet that the government will find a way to deny any and all claims related to cars burning to the ground caused by using their mandated E15 gasoline. Same with auto manufacturers who will deny your claim due to you using E15 or tell you to sue the government because they mandated it, not us. Sounds like it will end up being circular to us.

All the aforementioned makes us question if this is exactly the intended effect of foisting E15 upon an unsuspecting public, many who are driving older cars due to Obama’s bad economy over the previous 4 years. The EPA rather obviously hates old cars. In their eyes they use too much gas, take up too much space and pollute too much. With the push for hybrid and full electric cars lately, it seems that in their eyes even driving a fuel-efficient car that uses gas is bad.

Just think about what’s gone on in the recent past four years. It appears to us to be a concerted effort by the government to get its citizens out of older cars, most gas fueled cars and perhaps out of cars all together. We feel there have been 3 plans and that we’re now starting up number 4.

Plan 1, known as jack up the price of fuel didn’t work to get everyone out of their older cars.

Plan 2, known as cash for clunkers didn’t work either. About all this did was ruin a lot of good parts vehicles that deliberately had their engines destroyed after trade-in and then were crushed. Let’s not forget it wasted a few billion of your tax-dollars, too.

Plan 3, subsidizing hybrids such as the Toyota Prius, full electric cars like the Nissan Leaf and the whatever it is Chevy Volt hasn’t gotten many people to leave gas fueled cars either. Chevy Volt sales (owned by GM aka: Government Motors) are sucking. Even subsiding any of them leaves them too expensive for the average person to buy.

Based upon all of this, it appears to us that the next step to be implemented is what we’ll call Plan 4. Plan 4 is the sneaky plan to increase the ethanol content of gasoline to the point where it will destroy many old cars and force people into buying new cars that the EPA considers green, such as the Chevy Volt, Toyota Prius, Nissan Leaf, or at the very least, more fuel-efficient gasoline powered cars that pollute less and will run on E15. Once they get this going, it’s an easy step for them to eliminate E10 totally, like they did leaded gas in the previous century. Then it will be all E15, and even if you have so far been able to avoid filling up your older car with E15, they’ll get you now.

Let’s not forget ethanol is made from food crops such as corn and right now there’s a drought in much of the Midwest, which is causing corn and other crop prices to rise. Throw in more competition for these same crops due to an increase in ethanol production and you have a recipe for higher gas prices, higher food prices and even possibly shortages of one, the other, or both.

This seems a rather nefarious and sneaky plan to us, meaning it fits perfectly with the Obama Administration’s modus operandi, referred by them as being ‘transparent’ for some strange reason.

Have a better sneaky way to get everyone out of their own cars and save us all from non-existent global warming? Call the EPA, they’ll love to hear from you.

Source: The Hill

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Another Energy Company Goes Broke!

Yes, the Obama administration has the equivalent of a gardener having a brown thumb. It seems no matter what it touches, it withers and dies. This time it’s $39 million tax dollars out the window.

An energy company that received a $43 million loan guarantee through the same federal program that backed Solyndra has followed the path of the failed solar firm and filed for bankruptcy.

Beacon Power Corporation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Sunday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. The company, which develops energy storage systems based on what are known as “flywheels,” had received the federal guarantee for a 20-megawatt energy storage plant in Stephentown, N.Y., back in August 2010. 

Add this one to the list consisting of Solyndra, Spectra Watt and Evergreen Solar who have also received hundreds of millions of tax payer dollars and have filed for bankruptcy.  They screwed the  taxpayers, too.

The Massachusetts-based company also received $29 million in grants from the Energy Department and the state of Pennsylvania through separate programs for a plant in Hazle Township, Pa.

So, what kind of green jobs did this create (or rather was supposed to create) and at what cost? Let’s do some simple mathematics. Take the above $43 million + the above $29 million and you get a total of $72 million dollars. So how many employees?

When the project was approved, the Energy Department reported that the loan guarantee would help save or create 14 permanent jobs and 20 construction jobs.

If  you take the total of permanent and temporary jobs that is a total of 34 employees. Divide $72 million by 34 and that is an astronomical $2.11 million per job.  Divide the $72 million by the 14 permanent jobs and that’s an even more astronomical $5.14 million per job.

This is why the government should keep their nose out of it. If solar and wind power are such a hot commodity, then venture capitalists would be so eager to pump money into them that government subsidies would not be required. It would be their decision, their money and their risk.

Federal and state governments really have no business making extravagant loans to companies with unproven technology or a manufacturing process that cost so much the Chinese can easily undercut the price. Politics mixing with private industry is a recipe for disaster as proven by these failures.

Warmers, please don’t mention oil and gas subsidies. Those are proven technologies that actually produce something usable by taxpayers and as such, we don’t have a problem with them.

Source: Fox News

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Environmentalists are getting beaten over the head by reality.

Deli Sands Flower-Loving Fly

For decades now the environmentalists have ruled with a recycled iron fist. They have had laws passed, no matter how asinine, under the guise of protecting the environment. Development stopped by snakes, frogs, Spotted Owls, Yellow-Billed Penis Poppers and you name it. Trying to get environmental approval is just a synonym for litigation. Try and build it and some whackadoodle environmental group will most likely threaten a lawsuit and try and drag the approval of most anything for years, delaying construction, costing jobs (except for attorneys) and adding millions to the cost.

Just how ridiculous did it get? In 1996:

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has joined in a lawsuit that calls into question the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s protection of a California fly that, by the government’s own admission, is doomed to extinction. 

The lawsuit is in response to the government’s protection measures for the Delhi Sands Flower-Loving Fly, which have included forcing San Bernardino County to move a proposed hospital 250 feet and fence in eight acres of fly preserve thus adding more than $3.5 million to the price of the hospital; preventing the County from making improvements to an emergency road leading to the hospital; and attempting to either close a major commuter highway during fly mating season, or drop the speed limit for that highway to 15 mph. 

Yes, we’re talking about a fly folks, not a Condor or an Eagle. The highway they wanted to slow or shut down? Interstate 10, a major highway that goes from Santa Monica, California to Jacksonville, Florida.  Imagine the traffic jams, pollution and the immense waste of gas and diesel that would result from diverting traffic or slowing down the speed to 15 miles per hour along this stretch in California? I’d predict miles and miles of cars, trucks and buses going no where fast.

It seems now that the shoe is on the proverbial other foot. The government is out of money, the taxpayers are out of money, jobs and patience. Last week President Obama put the kibosh on an EPA ozone rule that had a projected cost of between $19 and $90 billion dollars, not to mention putting lots of people out of work.

Today it gets even better. So good I had to slap myself to make certain I wasn’t dreaming.  So what happened?

California lawmakers on Friday approved a bill that would soften parts of a landmark, 4-decade-old environmental law and could pave the way for the quick approval of large developments across the state.

In the final hours of the year’s legislative session, Democrats pushed through a measure that would give the governor the power to speed up the environmental review process on some large construction projects, including sports stadiums and green manufacturing plants.

Yes folks, it’s getting so bad out there that Democrats like President Obama and the California Legislature are finally waking up to the fact that this environmental silliness needs to go. People need jobs, things need to be built and we don’t need to all live in caves and subsist on pine nuts and granola. Let’s not forget that the USA and the State of California desperately need revenue, something that empty fields to save flies that most people swat, don’t provide.

Goes with the same lack of logic that praises wind-turbines that kill birds like Golden Eagles. The same lack of logic that closes down coal power plants and bans construction of nuclear power plants while wanting to expand the sales of electric vehicles that need power to charge that inefficient wind and solar won’t provide alone. The same lack of logic that even causes them to try to prevent natural gas power plants from being built even though they’re very clean.

Perhaps we should call this lack of logic CO2 Insanity. It’s about time they got told where to stuff their lack of logic.

Source: SF GATE

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Solargate: FBI executing search warrant at Solyndra

There is a new turn in the Solyndra debacle this morning. It is being reported by papers, radio and TV that the FBI is executing a search warrant at Solyndra and the Inspector General at the Department of Energy is also involved.

No word on what they’re looking for but I would suspicion it has to do with the $500+ million in loan guarantees provided by the government and Solyndra’s sudden closure last week, laying off about 1,000 employees without notice.

It makes me also wonder if there are any plans to do a search at Oklahoma billionaire George Kaiser’s place as he is the majority owner of Solyndra, who is reported to be a large fund-raiser for Obama in 2008 and who was possibly instrumental in getting Solyndra the loan guarantees.

Update 1: This now has me wondering what exactly is going on.  Is this a raid to get evidence for a possible prosecution? Or, is this a raid to remove evidence that may come back and haunt the Obama administration? The way things are going these days (Operation Gun Runner and Operation Fast & Furious), I certainly would not be surprised if this turned out to be some move by Attorney General Eric Holder to sanitize things for the President. Reelection is coming up you know.

More later as things develop.

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Speaker Boehner Backs Obama Down on Costly EPA Regulation

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is on a winning streak this week. First he said “no” to President Obama’s request to speak before a joint-session of Congress on September 7th, which happens to be the same night as the Republican Presidential debate. Now he has the President backing down on ultra-expensive EPA regulations that the US can ill afford at this time.

Speaker Boehner recently asked President Obama for a list of proposed regulations that would cost the tax-payers over $1 billion. President Obama responded with the below list (PDF). You can see the shocking totals for yourself. The first one alone, the one eliminated,  is estimated to cost between $19 and $90 billion. Knowing the government, it would probably ended up costing way more than $90 billion.

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As of today it is evident that Speaker Boehner has President Obama backing off again. According to Fox News:

President Obama is directing his administration to withdraw a controversial proposed regulation updating government smog standards.

In a statement, Obama says he made his decision in part because it is important to reduce regulatory burdens on businesses as the economy recovers. He says he is still committed to protecting public health and the environment.

No, I’d say the President backed off because his approval rating is tanking at a low of 40% and there is a large problem with jobs. It was announced today that there was zero (0) jobs growth for August, 2011, the first time this has happened since 1945.

So, I say to House Speaker John Boehner, keep up the good work. You have a window of opportunity because the President is on the ropes. Reigning in the job-killing EPA is an excellent start. Don’t stop, please keep the pressure on.

Source: Fox News

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Another Obama Administration Flip-Flop

 

Energy Secretary Steven Chu - We need to raise....I mean...lower gas prices!

 

So far I haven’t seen much in the way of President Obama and his Administration keeping many campaign promises that were made during the last election. This is now holding true with their goal of raising gas prices to force us all to drive ecotardmobiles.

We now have that coming back to bite them in the behind. If you remember, Energy Secretary Steven Chu called for higher gas prices during the election. From a Wall Street Journal article on December 12, 2008 we get this bit of ecotardness…….

In a sign of one major internal difference, Mr. Chu has called for gradually ramping up gasoline taxes over 15 years to coax consumers into buying more-efficient cars and living in neighborhoods closer to work.

“Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,” Mr. Chu, who directs the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal in September.

So, now that gas prices have ‘ramped’ up to over $4.00 per gallon in some places like California and Hawaii, in less than 1 year, we have a different story.

Now that people are screaming, it’s becoming a threat to national security, it’s threatening to destabilize the economy again and ticking off voters, we suddenly get an about-face from Mr. Chu about what his job description is per an article from Fox News titled “Chu: My Job is to Take the Pain Out of High Gas Prices“…….

Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who in 2008 called for ramping up gas prices to those comparable to Europe in order to coax Americans toward green energy, said that as head of his department, he’s working on “developing methods to take the pain out of high gas prices.”

Well, promise or threat, it’s yet another Obama Administration faux pas to go from wanting to jack up gas prices to wanting to lower them. Meanwhile, our President is in Brazil today telling the Brazilians they can drill off-shore in the Gulf of Mexico while the EPA continues to try to hogtie our oil companies so they cannot drill there. I guess ‘drill baby drill” only applies to foreign oil companies that George Soros has $811 million invested in.

Remember, this is the same President who said during his campaign stated……

The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.

As Commander-in-Chief, the President does have a duty to protect and defend the United States. In instances of self-defense, the President would be within his constitutional authority to act before advising Congress or seeking its consent.

…..yet continues on in Afghanistan and Iraq and now starts a war with Libya while leaving the border between the United States and Mexico in a very porous state in spite of stating “the President does have a duty to protect and defend the United States.”

This is also the same President who with the help of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi pushed through Obamacare and then turned around and so far has exempted over 1,000 entities from participating in Obamacare, the bill we had to read after it was passed.

Can we get some consistency please? The flip-flopping in the Obama White House is amazing and it’s making me dizzy.

Source: Fox News

 

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Climate Disruption is Really Bank Account Disruption

Well now, here’s some real CO2 Insanity! Think about how the warmers have been and are constantly harping about carbon taxes and carbon trading as a method to eliminate global warming, climate change, climate disruption, or what may be the new name I’m coining – “Bank Account Disruption.”

Remember all the various predictions floating around the internet on how much the temperature will rise in the future? From the EPA’s website we get this bit of nonsense from their take on the 2007 IPCC Report.

  • The average surface temperature of the Earth is likely to increase by 2 to 11.5°F (1.1-6.4°C) by the end of the 21st century, relative to 1980-1990, with a best estimate of 3.2 to 7.2°F (1.8-4.0°C) (see Figure 1). The average rate of warming over each inhabited continent is very likely to be at least twice as large as that experienced during the 20th century.

You can see in the figure below a graph showing the extremely wide range of possibilities predicted by the IPCC. From my point of view they may have done better using a dartboard. I mean with a range like that you just about can’t miss.

The predicted cost of just lowering the Earth’s temperature one lousy degree makes Obama’s proposed 2010 budget of $3.63 trillion look rather miserly. So how much is it? Well according to this article at World Net Daily it will cost only a ‘mere’ $700 trillion to lower the Earth’s temperature by one degree. No that’s not a misprint it’s $700,000,000,000,000 dollars. See why I call it real CO2 Insanity? That’s 7 times the world’s gross production, or we don’t even make enough money to pay for it.

Take the IPCC’s worst high temperature projection of 6.4 degrees centigrade and you have a ‘paltry’ $4,480 trillion dollars. Mind you, we don’t even have the $700 trillion for 1 degree, yet the warmers, in a fit of CO2 Insanity, keep trying to screw us taxpayers out of every penny they can by promoting preposterous claims, use of scare-tactics and plain old brainwashing. Even the EPA has problems with it, though with what goes on with them these days, this is the last thing I’d ever expect to hear.

Citing a study by the EPA’s Dr. Linda M. Chappell and various other sources, the Senate report asserts, “EPA has called the consequences of regulating greenhouse gases under the [Clean Air Act] ‘absurd,’ affecting 6.1 million sources, introducing $78 billion in annual costs, causing ‘at least a decade or longer’ of permit delays, ‘slowing’ construction nationwide for years, ‘introducing burdens that are administratively ‘infeasible,’ ‘overwhelming,’ that will ‘adversely affect national economic development,’ while impacting sources ‘not appropriate at this point to even consider regulating.'”

So, if this is all true (and you just read it from the horse’s mouth above) then why the big push to get rid of coal and oil? Why no drilling? Why do we need ill-advised legislation like California’s global warming law AB32 that will (by the EPA’s own admission) do nothing to save the climate, but will harm California’s economy via raising the cost of just about everything? Why are we wasting money on bird-chopping wind turbines that only make a profit when heavily subsidized? Talk about the big con, this is the ultimate! I mean even Bernie Madoff in his wildest dreams ever thought he’d scam $700 trillion dollars out of anyone!

No this is more CO2 Insanity and it’s proof that the goal isn’t to save the planet from global warming at all, but to rip off as much money as possible from the unsuspecting public, many who genuflect at the altar of the Church of Global Warming and buy into what’s become the globe’s latest religion.

Next time you hear Al Gore at his podium, moaning we’re all going to die from climate disruption, remember to check your wallet to make sure it’s not being disrupted and check your bank account, too. After you’re sure your wallet hasn’t been picked, suggest to Al that he cash the $700 trillion check from Zimbabwe to cover it.

You can read more about it at the source below.

Source: World Net Daily

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