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Re: ethanol & lead: a story of market failure



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Charu,
 An interesting story and a much needed pinch for the somnolent faithful
who worship at the feet of the Free Market. However this does not talk
about ethanol substitution, merely ethyl alcohol as an anti-knocking agent.
The discussion on ethanol/gasahol started mainly from the point of reducing
our import bill. Introducing 5-15% alcohol in petrol (with all the
associated problems and expenses) - does it work for diesel?- is not going
to make a significant change in the petroleum import bill especially
considering the fact that the current increase in personal cars could
easily offset this gain.
 
  Charu datt <charuX@lucent.com> wrote: 

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Sometime ago some postings discussed the use of ethanol
as a petrol substitute. The use of ethanol in motor fuels has
a long history- starting with the invention of the internal combustion engine-
but a very recently uncovered story involving the use of ethnol as an
anti-knock



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Based on internal memos, General Motors [GM] had every intention of furthering
engine efficiency by the use of ethanol, however, by 1920 the duPont chenical
company, awash in gunpowder profits from world war 1 had acquired a
controlling
interest in the fledgeling GM and pushed for the profitability of TEL despite
the problems. Later the Rockefeller oil company Standard Oil came up with a
manufacturing process that was better and the manufacture of TEL was spun
off to
a corporation jointly controlled by DuPont, GM, and Standard Oil.


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 That's very interesting. The chemical intensive and unviable agricultural
system  called Green Revolution had one of its roots in the huge stockpiles
of NPK ,meant for muntions, left over from WW-II.

Tejus

 





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