marlinspike, you do not set record straight by being wrong!
-As I said before, adding 5 or 10% ethanol will NOT reduce fuel efficiency! If you do not take my word for it, do some detective work yourself.
-Running an engine with increased fuel delivery capacity, will give you the same or more power as gasoline. A supercharged or turbocharged engine will have increased power potential, since E85 has 104 or higher octane.
-A fully optimized E85 engine has higher compression ratio (CR), which increases fuel efficency. That engine will absolutely have MORE power than the gasoline one, and LOWER fuel comsumption than a normal CR-one run on E85.
-Material compatibility seems to be a problem mostly invented by people NOT using E85... I have followed the debate in the E85 forums here, and almost no problems are reported. There are people who have tun their converted gasoline cars on alcohol for ten yers or more. I also ran my 15 year old MB 190 at 25-40% E85 mixture for 1,5 years. Not one problem.
Those were your mistakes on a technical level. I did not bring politics into the debate (you did), but I will still comment on what you said:
-E85 is green, renewable, does not deplete. Petroleum can (and probably will quickly) be used up = no more fuel. Search "peak oil".
-E85 reduces green house effect. That is THE most important emission issue currently. Do your homework.
-Why pump E85 in pipelines or drive it long distance in trucks? Don't you understand that it can (and ought to) be produced locally? Petroleum, on the other hand, has to go around the globe. And what do YOU think propells the freight boats and the trucks today?
-A small note on the subsidizing issue: Is it not good that american dollars go to american farmers instead of going to war lords in Far East, Nigeria or Kazakstan? I'd say american farmers seldom threaten us with terrorism and atomic bombs.
And by the way; Diesel engines can also be run on alcohol. Do your homework.
/Alexander from Sweden