Ethanol-Free Gas

Snohomish Co-op is the only station in Snohomish to offer ethanol-free gasoline.

Power WizardWhy is Ethanol being added to Gasoline?

Ethanol is a biofuel. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 requires that more biofuel be used every year until we reach 36 billion gallons by 2022. In theory, this is good for energy independence. But it has a list of drawbacks.

Negatives of Ethanol in Gasoline

  • In 2009, 1/3 of U.S. corn was used as ethanol additive. This accounted for only 5% of U.S. gasoline use.
  • By 2015, regulation states that 15 billion gallons of ethanol must be used in U.S. gasoline. This accounts for 50% of all U.S. corn. With this in mind, consider that already nearly 1 billion people around the globe will go to bed hungry tonight.
  • Ethanol may actually create a net energy loss.The overall effect of ethanol on our energy use is still very much in question, but studies show that the energy used to create ethanol may equal or exceed the energy output that ethanol provides.
  • Shelf life of gasoline with 10% ethanol is shorter than that of pure gasoline.
  • Ethanol attracts/absorbs water, deteriorating the fuel itself and fuel components. Order a test kit for water here.
  • Ethanol dissolves fiberglass, and is corrosive to aluminum. It is especially harmful to mowers, blowers, chain-saws, and other small gas engines.
Stations in Washington that currently sell ethanol-free gasoline

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