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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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Solargate: Let the excuses begin!

$527 Million Tax Dollars Down the Tubes?

We have barely heard that the Solyndra executives testifying before Congress will invoke the 5th Amendment and we already have propaganda being put forth by Solyndra.

In announcing that Solyndra executives would invoke their Fifth Amendment rights when they appear before Congress this week, a spokesman for the bankrupt solar energy company laid the blame for its demise at the feet of the same Department of Energy that invested $527 million into the failed enterprise.

Sure folks, the same agency that gave Solyndra $527 million when they probably shouldn’t have are now the same agency who pulled in their horns when asked to guarantee more investors and caused Solyndra to shut down and file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Come on now, you can’t have it both ways!

Lets hear what Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA) has to say about Solyndra.

I’m particularly concerned because the CEO of Solyndra met with me in July and said they were doing very well economically, they were going to double their revenues. Then a month later they declared bankruptcy. That makes me wonder what kind of misrepresentation they might have made to the administration.”

Misrepresentation sounds too nice to me, but I guess Representative Waxman wants to investigate more to see if he should be using the term fraud or not.

It will be interesting to see if anything turns up at the hearing besides I’ll take the 5th Amendment for $527 million Alex.

Yes more CO2 Insanity, something that seems to almost be akin to perpetual BS motion.

Source: New York Times 

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Solargate: Solyndra Private Investors Get Paid Back Before Taxpayers

In addition to all the other problems surrounding Solyndra,  we now get even more stupidification, also known as the taxpayers get screwed again. According to Associated Press:

 The Obama administration restructured a half-billion dollar federal loan to a troubled solar energy company in such a way that private investors – including a fundraiser for President Barack Obama – moved ahead of taxpayers for repayment in case of a default, government records show.

Gee, talk about covering your buddies asses at the taxpayers expense, this is it. Why should the taxpayers take a back seat to Obama’s buddies? I also mention stupidification because of the next statement:

Administration officials defended the loan restructuring, saying that without an infusion of cash earlier this year, solar panel maker Solyndra Inc. would likely have faced immediate bankruptcy, putting more than 1,000 people out of work.

Now, please tell me who came up with this brilliant idea? The reality is that if Solyndra had been allowed to go bankrupt, like it should have to begin with, the taxpayers wouldn’t be stuck for $535 million dollars. Restructuring the loan to save a whopping 1,000 or so jobs for such a short time was braindead. It would have been much cheaper to use some common sense and let Solyndra fold.

Heads should roll, people should probably be jailed,  but we all know that probably won’t happen and if any do roll, it will most likely be some lower echelon government employee who becomes the sacrificial lamb.

You can read more of the Gore-y details by clicking on the source below.

Source: Associated Press

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Obama’s Carbon Footprint Must be Huge

Y0u have to wonder about Obama’s carbon footprint. Per an editorial by Dale McFeatters at Scripps Howard News Service, here’s the count for his recent trip to the UK…….

Obama arrived with 500 staff in tow, including 200 Secret Service agents, a team of six doctors, the White House chef and kitchen staff with the president’s own food and water.
And, according to the Evening Standard, he also came with “35 vehicles in all, four speech writers and 12 teleprompters.” For sure, our president is not going to be at a loss for words.
The press duly reported on Air Force One and all its bells and whistles but also on the presence of the presidential helicopter, Marine One, and a fleet of identical decoys to ferry him from Stansted airport to central London.

Imagine the carbon footprint of this one trip, then multiply it by all those vacations he and Michelle seem to be so fond of. If I actually believed in anthropogenic global warming I might claim he was the main cause of it. 12 teleprompters? WTF!!!???

More CO2 Insanity. You can read more of the sordid details at the source below.

Source: Scripps News

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$5 Billion Peed Away on Weatherizing Program

Flush those tax-dollars down!

Here’s more money peed away by the Obama Administration who evidently strive to live up to the statement “There’s a sucker born every minute.”

Per Fox News we find  out how more of your hard-earned tax-dollars are being flushed because no one’s watching what’s going on…….

President Obama’s $5 billion stimulus injection into a decades-old program to help lower energy bills for millions of low-income families by retrofitting their homes to improve efficiency has been plagued by cases of mismanagement, waste and fraud in several states.

So how bad is it?

“It’s a complete cesspool of waste,” Leslie Paige, vice president of Citizens Against Government Waste, told FoxNews.com. “When it’s over, we will never know how much went down the tube. They cannot track the money. By the time they get to it, a lot of the money will be gone.”

Well, I have to wonder how much of this ended up in those good buddies of the Obama Administration like Democratic contributors and unions? The way their accounting works, no one will probably ever know and no one will probably ever get in trouble over it.

You can read the rest at the link below.

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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Obama trying to transfer 1.5% of US GDP to UN for climate change.

I heard this on Rush Limbaugh this morning while driving back from an appointment.  He cited Roy Spencer and Lord Monckton reporting that the Obama Administration is cutting a backroom deal with the UN to give them 1.5% of our GDP to fight non-existent anthropogenic climate change. I’ll put a link up to this tomorrow when the show is available, or you can go to his website tomorrow and hear for yourself what was said on today’s show. Edit: Here’s a link to the notes, here’s a link to listen, but you have to sign up.

While this should be ratified by Congress ala the Kyoto Treaty, it sounds like Obama is going to try and do an end-run around Congress and do this via executive order. I sincerely hope people like Jim Inhofe are not asleep at the switch and head this off before it starts sucking US bank accounts dry. It appears the ‘sting‘ continues.

With the current deficit we certainly don’t need to be throwing dollars at non-existent problems when there are real ones to be dealt with right here in the good old USA.  Moreover, we already provide the corrupt institution known as the United Nations with more money than any other country and now this bonehead wants to give them more based on curing a problem that isn’t man caused and doesn’t exists.

According to the CIA World Factbook, the GDP of the United States for 2009 was about $14.12 trilliion, or $46,000 dollars per person. One percent of $14.12 trillion is $141 billion dollars or $460 per person. According to Yahoo Finance about 47% of the population of the US didn’t pay income taxes in 2009. So basically you people who work for living can double the $460 to $920 of your hard-earned dollars.

Our government already give the blood-sucking UN more than enough money and in my book we should be cutting our contributions, not increasing them. Frankly they should boot them out of New York City and let them go off to some ‘nice’ place like Iran or North Korea.

It was freely admitted this conference isn’t about climate, it’s about the transfer of money or redistribution of wealth from so-called wealthy nations to poor nations under the guise of climate change. It’s also about power. This needs to be stopped now.  I would urge you contact your Congress person and let them hear or read your vituperation about this asinine idea before it’s too late.  Burning up the switchboard (202-456-1414. FAX: 202-456-2461) at the White House  or contacting them via the internet wouldn’t hurt either.

Source: Rush Limbaugh Radio Show on 12/08/2010.

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