Gov. Paul LePage is absolutely correct that gasoline blended with 15 percent or more ethanol is bad for the consumer and the environment, contrary to what Rick Santorum had to say in his July 18 OpEd.
In my opinion, the most important issue is that it ruins fuel systems and actually corrodes carburetors and fuel injectors. It eats seals and gaskets and is particularly detrimental to small two-cycle motors. The ethanol makes them almost unusable after only a year or two.
The second issue is that it takes more energy to make ethanol than it actually produces. To make ethanol, a mash of sugar and grain (corn) needs to be boiled down and then distill off the alcohol. Any idea how much energy that takes and where does it comes from? From natural gas and oil, for the most part. Is that green?
The third issue is the enormous subsidy given to the producers as well as the farmers growing the corn for this. The corn for this could be going to feed people, cattle, pigs and other livestock to drive down the cost of food, and the subsidy money could be saved or used to pay down the ridiculous deficit and debt we have.
This is just another example of the government picking winners and losers as they have in the wind and solar industries. Let the market work. Winners and losers should be able to sort themselves out by what the consumer wants, not the government.