First of all, it is made out of corn. This is a problem because we are literally burning our food, which causes prices to rise here at home and around the world. Ethanol itself is also corrosive to rubber and plastics. Leaving ethanol laden fuel in your equipment or vehicle for an extended period of time can cause all kinds of damage. When ethanol is mixed with gasoline, and then left to sit for a long period of time (such as in a snowblower during the summer), it separates itself from the gasoline and binds with water. This becomes a deadly mixture for not just the rubber and plastic tubes, but for the entire engine itself. So save yourself the pain and find an e0 station near you.
If it is so bad why is it used?
Politics, plain and simple. Iowa is the first state in the presidential caucus. Losing Iowa is a very bad sign for any presidential contender. Therefore, concessions must be made to Iowans, and the most powerful group is the corn lobby. What better way to drive up prices than to force everyone to burn it in their fuel? Have a look at the map below showing the concentration of corn production around the country. You will see that Iowa is the epicenter.
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