Saturday, March 7, 2009

Policy changes

Our President wants to reverse Bush's stem cell policy. But tell me this: Is being wanted synonymous with being human? Or is that irrelevant?

Persons in the ethanol industry want to raise its levels in gasoline. Persons worried and/or opposed: the EPA, auto-industry execs, and those concerned about public health. Problems with increasing the ethanol percentage:
  • At present, E10 (10% ethanol) gasoline is all that virtually all cars can handle.
  • Like methanol, ethanol attacks rubber fixtures simply because it's a good solvent.
  • While water is effective against ethanol/methanol fires, the alcohol has a lower energy content, balancing out low pollutant emissions.

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