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  1. Good article---thanks for posting it. It'll be interesting to see how the two biodiesel plants I invested in do in the future---hopefully good.
  2. That's why I like my Ford Focus---it's 12 to 1 CR. Still getting a consistent 30 to 31 mpg on E85.
  3. I asked the ethanol plant manager about the $2.50 E85 at Hayes VA and he said it is very possible that is the best that station can do for that area. The plant manager asked how far Charlotte NC was(350 miles). Evidently Charlotte is a hub for ethanol storage and distribution.
  4. Here's some more of my thoughts. My cousin just visited with a guy( cousin considers him a son) that was an exchange student years ago. He works for Petrobras in TX and says it is very hard to be ethical in the oil business. Getting back to my idea about the Yorktown VA area, the distributor/retailer I talked to said he had to buy high priced E85 from somebody else to resell. Robert might be right that he didn't tell the truth. Anyway, since we are imagining---- the train from NW Iowa goes to the same place that the crude train transloads onto barges and ocean going ships can dock. The distributor sends his semi over to the big tank that has E98 stored and the semi has whatever amount of sub-octane( around 1000 to 1500 gallons) and splash blends with the E98 to make E85. Off to the retail station with blender pumps it goes to be blended with more suboctane from one of the two tanks(E85 in the other) the station has. How perfect is that in theory? Mean while, Europe calls up the midwest ethanol plant that still owns the E98 in the big tank at Yorktown and says we need some and the ship will be docking soon. There are gov't vehicles everywhere in this area but instead of saying they had to put E85 in the tank, I'd say use E30 so that fuel mileage is good and the air quality is as good as can be. Sounds good to me but as most say "won't happen". Makes me think that basically the American business plan is based on "organized crime" principles.
  5. River Valley Coop at Clarence Iowa doesn't have E85. Also, the Beyond Petroleum at Mahomet Illinois is totally shut down.
  6. Robert, I was hoping you might make a comment on my post. Do you think it has any merit? Seems to me if more of what I just suggested doesn't happen, what this post is about isn't either.
  7. I just made a trip from NW Iowa to Yorktown VA and made the trip back on 100% E85. Going out two closed E85 pumps in eastern IA and IL caused me to blend down. Prices were very spread out with $1.569 in North Libety IA and $2.509 at Hayes VA(Yorktown VA). Speedway was pretty good at $1.70 to 80 in Oh , IN, and WVa. I talked to the fuel distributor at Hayes and asked why his price was so far off and he said he couldn't get any E98 to blend even though there is a new plant operating at Hopewell VA---just a few miles away. He has a blender licence so an idea popped into my head!!!! Over at Yorktown, Plains All American has converted the old Amoco oil refinery into a transfer point so that Bakken oil railed in is loaded onto barges that are shoved up to New Jersey refineries. What if one of the ethanol plants I am invested in here in the Midwest were to construct or use existing tanks at the old refinery and rail in ethanol unit trains and have the ability to direct market to the SE VA market and also have the ability to load ocean going vessels capable of going to Europe or wherever. I'm going to present the idea to management I know out here but imagine it will be a "nay". What do you all think----ideas?????
  8. I wish I could write an article like that---was very good.
  9. I wonder how much VP Racing fuel E85 has replaced?
  10. Thanks Robert, My Ford Focus has about 27,000 miles on it and ~ 95% E85. I agree something sounds fishy with Jay's about face. What is interesting is that I have a 1992 Toyota that has had 30 to 50% ethanol since 2001----almost 14 years and seems unaffected. A couple of other cars using E30 for many years also. Would sure hate to see our fuel changed back to the "good old days" for a few antique cars.
  11. Good luck Dan, been on this site for quite awhile----time goes by fast.
  12. Found this and see it is mostly pentane which is added to aviation AGE-85 to aid starting. Looks to me like more natural gasoline should aid starting the Charger.
  13. I thought natural gasoline was high vapor pressure and using it to denature ethanol was a good way to get rid of it.
  14. Any place to squirt a little starting fluid into the intake manifold. That will do the trick but don't over do it--just a sniff. My 1992 Toy 4x4 doesn't start the best when cold when I have E30 to 50 in it but there is a plug in the intake plenum that I take out and squirt ether and it starts almost instantly.
  15. Great picture!! Just heard about this book and will be interesting to seeif North Dakota goes the way of the subprime mortgage market.
  16. We're living in crazy times and not all is what it seems. I'm in an ethanol plant that I'm going to report a little over 300% ROI. That is mostly income but also a sizable capital gain. I'm sure it will never be like this again.
  17. You evidently don't carry an extra 5 gallon jug along.
  18. Went over to Sioux Center IA today and the CoOp has a new truckstop. The E85 was $2.179 and the E10 was a dime more. The ethanol plant on the west side of town blends and supplies the area with E85 so they aren't doing their part.
  19. Boy, that's almost unbelievable!!!! Two of the ethanol plants I'm in did really well this last year and the one is leading the pack around here as far as corn bids. The bid is almost a dollar more now then back in Sept and in theory they should really be losing with an ethanol price like that. Then you have to remember one thing is possible, if they bought corn on the CBOT back around the bottom, things might still be looking up---cross my fingers. Same with Saudi Arabia and crude, if they hedged oil six months ago, they might be laughing all the way to the bank. It'd be nice to be big enough to know which way you want the market to go and then be able to move it.
  20. I still think they want you to think OPEC but in reality it's about Russia.
  21. I think one of the reasons that crude, thus gasoline, is down is to punish Russia. What I can't figure out is how the gov't can get the trade to do that. If crude keeps going down Russia will be in a world of hurt. Kind of reminds me how cash corn around here got up to $8 a bushel and a month or so ago it was down to $2.75. I got $3.70 at the ethanol plant last week.
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