Clogged carburetors, crumbling components, ruptured fuel lines. Boats stalled at sea, lives put at risk, and thousands spent on repairs.
For anglers and boaters, that’s the legacy of gasoline with 10 percent ethanol (E10).
And the nightmare just got worse --- again.
As reported by the Wall Street Journal in an excellent article about this big-government boondoggle that is costing us millions, ruining countless marine engines, sacrificing fuel efficiency, and polluting our waters, the Obama Administration has just greatly expanded the number of cars approved to use the 15 percent ethanol blend.
This follows quickly on the heels of a decision late last year to increase the blend from 10 to 15 percent because consumers weren’t buying enough gas to meet previous ethanol mandates. Additionally, Congressmen whose constituents benefit from this rip-off of consumers tucked into a tax bill an extension of the $5 billion tax credit for blending ethanol into gasoline.
Here’s what I wrote for ESPN Outdoors about the concerns of anglers, boaters, and many others just before federal approval of 15 percent ethanol: