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History Alcohol in gas - nothing new?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Rem, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. Rem
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,256


    This photo came up in a thread elsewhere, and the sign in the background was interesting - same as what's going on now?


    The photo appears to originally come from here, although a brief search didn't actually find it:
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2013
  2. oldolds
    Joined: Oct 18, 2010
    Posts: 3,170


    30 years ago a 90+ year old gentleman told me there was nothing new in automobiles. It had been all tried before. Cool pic.
  3. it was a bad idea then , and still a bad idea
  4. Now,if they were using denatured alcohol they could have been burning rubber.

    They discorved then just like today corn is best used to make White Lightning.:D HRP

  5. Road Runner
    Joined: Feb 7, 2007
    Posts: 1,257

    Road Runner

    The date on the photo says 4-11-33.

    The Prohibition Act ended April 7th, 1933

    This photograph, from the MacDonald Studio of Lincoln and now in the collection of the Nebraska State Historical Society, shows cars belonging to Nebraska Governor Charles W. Bryan (left) and the Merrick County sheriff at the Earl Coryell station, Fourteenth and N streets, Lincoln, on April 11, 1933. Their tanks are being ceremonially filled with a new product: gasoline blended with 10 percent corn alcohol.

    This innovative motor fuel was not promoted as a way to relieve oil shortages or mitigate environmental problems. Rather, ethanol promised economic relief for Depression-ravaged farmers and offered drivers increased octane ratings. Ethanol was an excellent anti-knock additive, and Coryell had worked with scientists from the Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts (now Iowa State University) to develop the alcohol-based gasoline.

    Ethanol’s principal competitor was tetraethyl lead, a highly poisonous chemical that would remain the most common anti-knock agent for nearly fifty years. Advances by the Ethyl Corporation, created by Standard Oil, General Motors, and DuPont, allowed them to produce tetraethyl lead inexpensively, and therefore dominate the market.

    In 1936 Coryell joined as a complainant in an antitrust lawsuit filed by the U.S. Justice Department, which ultimately failed in the U.S. Supreme Court. By 1940 ethanol gasoline had vanished, unable to compete economically with leaded gasoline.

    —John Carter, Senior Research Folklorist

  6. so..nothing is different

    then and now it is just a way for farmers to sell corn
  7. Rem
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,256


    Thanks Road Runner. As the others said, there's nothing really new under the sun.
  8. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 8,213


    Can quit it anytime, or go to switch grass as the alcohol source and quit wasting precious water to raise the corn. Not to mention the damn pesticides. La la la they can't hear us! ~sololobo~
  9. wizzard23
    Joined: Dec 12, 2009
    Posts: 733


    Very good points Solo, also the pumps should be labeled so we know if we're buying the real stuff or their alcohol crap.
  10. What 36 said!

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