Some stick with ethanol-free gas despite price

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Ted Bowman lives in Grovetown and works in Hephzibah, but he drives to Evans to buy gas.

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Van Land fills up his pickup with non-ethanol gas from Allen's Country Store/Super Express on Washington Road.  JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
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Van Land fills up his pickup with non-ethanol gas from Allen's Country Store/Super Express on Washington Road.

“I think it is better for the engines in all my tools,” Bowman said as he filled two 5-gallon containers with non-ethanol gasoline at Allen’s Country Store/Super Express in Evans.

Bowman, a science and technology teacher at Hephzibah High School, said he uses the fuel for a small generator and all his power yard tools. He used to use gasoline mixed with ethanol, which is cheaper and more readily available.

“But I had some problems a couple of years ago,” Bowman said. He took his equipment in for maintenance and a mechanic advised him to switch to ethanol-free gasoline and things have been fine since.

“Ethanol is notorious for gumming up small engines,” he said. “Now I have a boat and that engine is too expensive to fool around with.”

Paul Dhillon, the owner of Allen’s since 1995, said he became one of the few stations that still sells non-ethanol fuel about five years ago when fuel distributors started to push the ethanol mixture.

Dhillon, a retired electrical engineer, said he knew government subsidies would make the ethanol mixture less expensive, but he was unconvinced.

“They said it was good for the environment, but I decided to stay with this,” he said.

Dhillon said he has many loyal customers who can’t find the fuel he sells anywhere else. They tell him it works better in older vehicles and gives them better gas mileage in the newer ones.
“I get better performance, better gas mileage and it’s better for the life of my engine,” said Van Land, an Allstate insurance agent whose office is in Grovetown.

Land estimated his mileage improved by about 10 percent with the non-ethanol gas. He said that’s worth the extra 30 to 40 cents per gallon he expects to pay at the pump.

He said if you think about the long-term maintenance issues you avoid by using non-ethanol fuel, the higher price makes sense.

Jack Hayes, who has owned and operated Pair-of-Jacks in Appling with his wife, Sandi, on and off since 1982, said the price of the non-ethanol gas is becoming a bigger deterrent for his customers.

“There’s no reason for gas to be as high as it is; no reason at all,” Hayes said.

Pair-of-Jacks is one of the last places the non-ethanol fuel can be found. Hayes said he has customers who come from as far away as Waynesboro to buy fuel.

Hayes said many customers use the fuel exclusively in their boats.

“It’s (ethanol) terrible for motors, especially small motors, outboard motors, chain saws and such,” he said. “Ethanol gets in there and coats the engine and causes a lot of damage.”

He said he used to sell a lot more, but he has seen more customers switch to ethanol because of the price.

“A lot of people who have boats are going to ethanol because of the price,” he said. “They aren’t worrying about what happens to their motors until it happens.”

Hayes said non-ethanol fuel makes up about half of what he sells, but the percentage used to be a lot more.
“It is sort of changing, though,” he said. “The pocketbooks are making it change more than anything.”

CHANGES TO LAW

The Obama administration on Friday proposed to reduce the amount of ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply for the first time, acknowledging that the biofuel law championed in 2007 is not working as well as expected.

In addition, the ethanol era has proven far more damaging to the environment than politicians promised and much worse than the government admits today.

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fedex227
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fedex227 11/15/13 - 01:14 am
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Stop the presses! Paul And Jack say ..
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ethanol is evil? Hold the pumps! These bastions of science need to be listened to. Not the 98 percent of scientsts calling for the use of less carbon-toxic emergents. 7-11 rules!

whozit
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whozit 11/15/13 - 02:07 am
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Actually

the only people benefitting from ethanol live in Iowa with its first in the nation caucuses every four years, and the rest of the Midwest. Ethanol costs more to produce and its production causes more pollution. The subsidies for it are purely political on all sides and all parties. There are other far better alternative fuel sources available, but not in Iowa.

The_Wilhenford
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The_Wilhenford 11/15/13 - 07:19 am
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right on whozit

This is not about the environment, it never was. This is ONLY about big money for corn farmers. The ways in which the federal government interferes with farming are atrocious. This is just another way to subsidize huge farms to keep producing monoculture corn fields, planting them over and over again year after year.

Read Michael Pollan's "The Omnivore's Dilemma" if you want to learn more.

KSL
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KSL 11/15/13 - 07:36 am
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Not to mention the increased

Not to mention the increased cost of food, which is one is just one of the things NOT considered in cost of living increases. Nor are energy increases. Our government is disingenuous.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 11/15/13 - 08:35 am
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In America we put food in our Gas Tanks

I decided to STOP using the mix in items like lawnmowers and Chainsaws long ago.

Gasoline is more efficient than ethanol.
One gallon of gasoline is equal to 1.5 gallons of ethanol. This why although your vehicle mileage says 22 p/gal you only get 18 or so p/gal.

Also it takes 26.1 pounds of corn to make 1 ethanol gallon. More Corn than a average family eats in 4 months. But the Starving could use.

QUOTING
Adding up the energy costs of corn production and its conversion to ethanol, 131,000 Btu are needed to make 1 gallon of ethanol. One gallon of ethanol has an energy value of only 77,000 Btu. Put another way, about 70 percent MORE energy is required to produce ethanol than the energy that actually is in ethanol.

Every time you make 1 gallon of ethanol, there is a net energy LOSS of 54,000 Btu."

WHAT WASTING BTU's MEANS TO YOU
At 10% per gas gallon and using a 10 Gallon Gas tank.
That 5,400 BTU's of wasted energy PER GALLON or 54,000 Wasted BTU's per fillup.

Your HEATING & COOLING Unit uses between 2,000 and 4,000 BTUs per hour to heat of cool the average home under average conditions.
So the energy we waste in a 10 gallon tank of Gas/Ethanol could heat or cool your home 12 hours average per tank of 90/10 mix.
If you fill up Once a week (I wished) 52 x 12 equal = 624 Hours of Heating of Cooling or 26 days or almost 1 Utility bill a year.

ETHANOL is not saving you money in the long run.
Less Gas Mileage, wasted energy, plus the harm it causes some engines bear this out.

The Environmental Impact of ETHANOL.
Don't be blind to the amounts of Fossil Fuels are used all along the way to plant, grown, fertilize, pump water, harvest, process, refine, and delivery in getting an GAS/ETHANOL blend to the pump.
This does not even cover the energy to process the wastes generated in ETHANOL Production.

ALSO SEE: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_17166.cfm

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 11/15/13 - 08:52 am
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Just Think

of all the good lawn mowers, weed eaters, chain saw, ect. that has been thrown in the dump because of it. Also think of the cost and inconvenience of that gas additive that you have to add to per long the life of gas. If you leave gas/ethanol in any small engine over the winter, you can kiss them good-by or pay a large repair bill to get them running again.
Yep, thank the ameba inbred brains of the Liberals.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 11/15/13 - 09:41 am
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Non Ethanol gas in Waynesboro

The reporter should have checked a little closer, in Waynesboro, DelMac sells non ethanol gasoline, regular, not premium and always has. After ruining every small engine I have I only buy non ethanol in everything I own. The mileage alone makes it worth it, not to mention the lower maintenance costs.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/15/13 - 09:52 am
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Like the government scam on electric cars fueled by coal.
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Like the government scam on electric cars fueled by coal.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/15/13 - 09:53 am
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Like the government scam on filling all foods with corn sugar.
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Like the government scam on filling all foods with corn sugar.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/15/13 - 09:55 am
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Food Network Scam. People can't eat food without a sugar coat
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ing. Meat brined in sugar. Tasteless mass produced food with not flavor. Bring on the high fructose corn syrup and the salt.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/15/13 - 09:56 am
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Michelle O. should declare war on the Food Network.
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Michelle O. should declare war on the Food Network.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 11/15/13 - 10:43 am
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Know what would be nice in this story?

A list of ALL stations in Richmond, Columbia and Aiken counties and a few other counties nearby which sell non-ethanol gas. I would go there.

KSL
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KSL 11/15/13 - 11:29 am
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Our federal government

Our federal government looking out for us, NOT!!

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 11/15/13 - 11:40 am
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The government cuts gasoline

The government cuts gasoline with ethanol just like the drug dealer cuts cocaine with baby powder.

KSL
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KSL 11/15/13 - 12:22 pm
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At this point

There is not much difference in the two. Our government hands out freebies to the addicted.

KSL
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KSL 11/15/13 - 12:26 pm
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At least the corn dealers pay

At least the corn dealers pay taxes, I hope.

KSL
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KSL 11/15/13 - 04:08 pm
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Now if we can get drug

Now if we can get drug dealers to pay taxes on their income.

KSL
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KSL 11/15/13 - 04:10 pm
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Imputed income

That is something we taxpayers have to deal with.

But folks getting freebies from the giverment don't. I say require income tax on all amounts of aid people get (injured vets excluded). You get section 8 assistance, you owe tax on the value of the money you get. Same with food stamps or whatever they are now calling it.

WalterBradfordCannon
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WalterBradfordCannon 11/18/13 - 07:56 am
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Mr. Thackeray
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Mr. Thackeray 11/18/13 - 08:44 am
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If you own a boat, it is just

If you own a boat, it is just play foolish to put ethanol in the tank, additives or not.

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 11/18/13 - 09:35 am
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What is the Source ?

What is the SOURCE of the non-ethanol gasoline? Used to be, Citgo was the only supplier of non-ethanol gasoline. Citgo is owned by the Hugo Chavez Venezuelan dictator government. Some woyld say we have our very own dictator. I will smile and grit my teeth while I am buying non-ethanol gasoline for my mower, chainsaw, and weed eater.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 11/18/13 - 10:08 am
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Guess you missed this part??

In addition, the ethanol era has proven far more damaging to the environment than politicians promised and much worse than the government admits today.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 11/18/13 - 10:11 am
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It's just a simple fact.

It's just a simple fact. Ethanol delivers less efficiency and shortens the life of engines. You get less mileage which requires you to use more fuel which completely nullifies any savings in carbon emission. Add in the massive amounts of energy required to produce the corn and convert it to Ethanol, the cost to manufacture and replace the many small engines ruined by Ethanol, AND the HUGE impact it has had on the cost of the food we buy and Ethanol is net loser on ALL issues. Another WOUND inflicted on us with no consideration of unintended consequences by politicians kowtowing to the greenie weenie liberals. It's just like Obamacare....what they gave us is much worse than what we had.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 11/18/13 - 10:24 am
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All brought to you by

the corn lobbying groups!!!

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 11/18/13 - 11:39 am
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Being the cynic I am, and

Being the cynic I am, and considering Obama's history of deceit; I see a possible ulterior motive. Remove the ethanol and the price goes up; which is right in his wheelhouse for forced carbon energy conservation and making alternate energy sources more competitive.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 11/18/13 - 04:56 pm
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REAL GAS ON THE SOUTH SIDE

Headed south on US-25 1 mile pass Tobacco Rd. down on your right just pass BYRD. This station sells REAL mid range 90 Octane Gas at about 80 cents more than Regular (87) 90/10 Blend.

Since Mid range Octane usually costs 40 cents more a gallon than Regular. That works out to another 40 cents more p/gal for REAL GAS. @$3 a Gallon 40 cents that's about 13.33% more for real GAS.

The GOSHEN Store in the Goshen Subdivision sells REAL GAS.
The Golf Carts love it.

BTW: 90/10 Regular was on sell today at the Marathon Station on
Bobby Jones Express in Martinez for $2.99 9/10's

harley_52
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harley_52 11/18/13 - 08:57 pm
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The Gas Station...

...directly in front of K-Mart on Gordon Highway (same side of Gordon Highway) also sells non-ethanol gasoline. It's a little more expensive, but your vehicle will get better MPG and will last longer too.

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