All over the country, drivers are discovering the many benefits of using higher ethanol blends like E85 and E15: They generally costs less than regular gasoline, often much less; they produce fewer emissions, both the kind that harm health and the kind that degrade the environment. Read more
Don’t let all the accolades go to your head, Chevy Volt. You’re still not a truly green car, despite what it says on your new piece of hardware.
The more people I talk to about fuel choice, the clearer the picture becomes as to why we still lack widely available alternatives. Read more
As the Iowa caucuses shape up for February, one thing is becoming clear: Support for ethanol is no longer a sine qua non for aspiring presidential candidates.
The Chevrolet Volt was originally meant to be a flex-fuel vehicle, capable of running on ethanol blends up to E85. So all John Brackett is doing, really, is restoring the car to its original capability. Read more
The last time John Hofmeister saw Phil and Cheryl Near, they were on the same side, selling oil and gasoline to the public. Alternative fuels were part of the equation, but they were just getting started.
When Kansas is in the news, it’s rarely because the state is on the cutting edge of an issue. But when it comes to giving Americans fuel choice, Scott Zaremba and Zarco USA, his chain of independent gas stations based in and around Lawrence, are trailblazers: The company was among the first to offer alternatives to gasoline like ethanol and biodiesel.
E85 ethanol blend is sweeping through California, and not a moment too soon. Drivers have had a choice of the cheaper, cleaner-burning alternative to gasoline in dozens of cities around the state, and now it’s available in the Coachella Valley for the first time.
The big oil companies aren’t blind to the threat posed by ethanol. And now it appears they’re doing all they can to hamstring wider access to the fuel by artificially increasing the price of E85 at their gas stations.