Gasohol again

01/19/2004
Pundits tell us ethanol not only will save us from being poisoned by methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), it will solve all the farmers' problems. That sounds good. We all should be against being poisoned. And happier farmers mean tastier food, right?We also hear that MTBE isn't all that bad if properly contained, and that use of ethanol will increase the price of gasoline.How did we get here? The use of ethanol in automobiles goes back to Henry Ford and the early internal combustion engines when more booze was being distilled than gasoline. Gasoline, however, won out as a fuel because crude was more plentiful than corn, and gasoline was cheap to produce. And the help wasn't te...
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