Save Money – Buy E85

With all the wailing and gnashing of teeth over high gasoline prices, here’s something simple everyone can do to save money every tank full: use E85 ethanol to mix with your fuel. Any modern fuel-injected vehicle can run on a 50/50 mix of gas and ethanol with no modifications whatsoever.

Try this (especially you midwesterners where ethanol is widely available) – add one gallon of E85 next fillup, then 2 the next, 3 the next, etc., until you experience some performance degradation, then back off and use that optimal % mixture. I have two mid-80’s Vovo 240’s that run beautifully on a 50/50 mix. I pass smog testing (I’m in California) with no problems.

Most people aren’t aware that our gasoline has 10% ethanol already. The following article relates to efforts to increase the mix to 15%.Anti-ethanol propaganda is very widespread. Do your own due-diligence, then support home-grown energy endeavors. Here is a useful piece on the topic with some links, Cheers!

AFPM Issues Panic-Striken Warning Against Ethanol to Keep America Addicted to Foreign Oil

By Marc J. Rauch
Exec. Vice President/Co-Publisher

AUTO CENTRAL – February 17, 2012: Late today, Friday, Charles T. Drevna, president of American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, issued a scurrilous press release against the use of gasoline blended with 15% ethanol – E15. The information presented in the press release is virtually without merit. Or to put it another way, I’d say it is filled with lies and gross misinformation.

To zero in on the most atrocious bit of misinformation, Drevna states that more testing is needed on E15 and that “…studies have shown that increasing ethanol in gasoline could cause serious engine damage…” I say that this is a bald-face lie and that if there is such a study that is a fraud.

In fact, ethanol may be to single most studied engine fuel since the invention of the automobile. Time and time again, studies have shown that ethanol is the best fuel to use. Moreover, in spite of the Drevna’s hysterical attempt to portray E15 as not sufficiently studied, in addition to private studies by such well respected testing firms as RICARDO finding that E15 is not harmful, our own government testing laboratories have definitively stated that their tests prove that E15 will not harm engines.

Full article w/ links

Gold Price Suppression is Good For You

Gold is Manipulated (But That’s Okay)

Another great piece from Chris Martenson, with an excellent overview of the subject, with historical context and some interesting chart work. As a two-fer, see the exerpt from Jim Willie’s piece posted in the comments section of Martenson’s article, full text is here

Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 11:00 pm, by chris martenson

“The price of gold is being actively managed by central planners and their proxies. The main culprit here appears to be the US authorities, as the manipulation is most apparent in the US open gold market. For the most part, this ‘management’ has resulted in letting the price of gold rise, but not too much, or too quickly.

“The price of gold has always been an object of interest for governments and central bankers. The reason is simple enough to understand: Gold is an objective measure of the degree to which fiat money is being managed well or managed poorly.

“As such, whenever paper money is being governed poorly, the price of gold becomes an important barometer. And this is why the actual price of gold is a strong candidate to be ‘managed.’ Or ‘influenced’. Or ‘manipulated’. Whichever word you prefer, they all convey the same intent.

“Some who are reading this are likely having an eye-rolling moment because they hold a belief that there is no conspiracy to manage the price of gold.

“This is an interesting belief to hold because it runs heavily against the odds. It’s similar to holding the belief that the house in Vegas does not have a statistical advantage….Instead of asking why do you think the price of gold is controlled? I ask, why do you think the price of gold is NOT controlled?

“Among those benefiting from buying cheaper-than-otherwise gold would be anyone and everyone who has bought gold lately. Private and official purchasers alike have been getting a very good price, indeed. Where you and I can be thankful for less expensive gold as we add to our holdings, so, too, can India and China be pleased at the national level.

“All told, we are seeing a very interesting game play out around gold, and my suspicion is that it is the possibility of eventual re-monetization that motivates some of the moves. If this comes to pass, the gold price suppression will prove to be a most unfortunate mistake, providing short-term political and market cover for excessive money printing while sacrificing long-term advantage to those taking the other side of the suppression trade.”