Current fuel at the pump contains 10 percent ethanol because Congress passed a law mandating ethanol use. Some are pushing for a higher proportion of 85 percent, known as E85. But ethanol is not all it’s cracked up to be. Here are five things you didn’t know about ethanol:
Fuel with higher blends of ethanol can damage engines
Ethanol is actually more expensive than gasoline, causing higher fuel prices
Ethanol blends get worse gas mileage
Dispensing E85 fuel requires the expensive installation of new equipment
The use of ethanol blends cause an increase in food prices because the corn going to make ethanol isn’t being used for food or feed for livestock
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