Why is ethanol a better fuel? in General E85 Discussions Posted October 5, 2015 · Edited October 5, 2015 by fleebut · Report reply We need to emphasize the non-fuel advantage of ethanol as compared to gasoline. The fuel has wide diversity of feed stocks and production paths that make for hardy resilience when economics or war make for difficult times in citizens lives. The simplicity of elementary or basic ethanol production process enables common man to brew and distill his own fuel much like plain spirit production. The gasoline pathway is highly dependent on technology and hyper expensive equipment and infrastructure. When this fails upon tumultuous human events, were out of luck and stranded at home. As a result the economy will quickly implode. Think of the U.S. SPR that attempts to offset some of the risk, but given the huge supply needs of country just ineffective as the supporting failure of weak infrastructure will probably fail as well. Petrol is a good product for International corps that want to eliminate small business competition and provide products without fear of substitution, but shouldn't good governance do everything in their power to eliminate this risk to citizens? The easy to store corn kernel may be more important asset than the SPR to safeguard country and costs nothing to taxpayers. How about the fact that ethanol can be utilized within home for cooking and heating needs with minimal safeguards. In emergency this may prove to be extremely valuable. Haiti is experiencing this first hand. Citizens scrounging for cooking firewood has devastated their island forestland and polluted indoor air quality. They have discovered producing ethanol feed stock upon farmland many times more productive and creates domestic jobs let alone eliminating indoor air quality health problems. Costly imports reduced as well. It would be easy for terrorist to strategically knock out a section of pipeline of any fuel source supply or knock out a refinery. The results would be economically expensive, especially if the practice continued. Conversely, we have a magnitude more ethanol process plants that can deliver product by truck or per local refueling. Very tough for terrorist to knock out this production with large impact. How much is energy security worth to nation? We spend a fortune to fortify such as national defense strategy. Wouldn't this factor alone demand more flex fuel vehicles and small power generators with ability to flex to ethanol? This should be a requirement for every state to produce ethanol for citizen's safeguard. To have feed stock reserves upon national emergency. To have 100% ethanol in the supply chain for emergency heating and cooking needs. Ethanol camp stoves upon store shelves. Ethanol is extremely flexible both in production and use. The nation needs to exploit this fuel to the max for national security benefits, alone. Even common diesel engines should have back up hardware upon emergency needs of low diesel fuel reserves. Simple port or throttle body injection of ethanol to greatly reduce use of diesel fuel. The military one would think would already have an emergency adaptations supply for such events.