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the disappearance of ethanol-free gasoline

since the galaxie has been off the road for years and i live in southwest wisconsin where there are kwik trip’s a-plenty that always have a ethanol-free gasoline blend ( for now, but maybe not forever? ), i hadn’t really noticed that ethanol free gasoline is disappearing fast.

i’m in my old stomping grounds in grand rapids, michigan and can’t find a single ethanol-free pump and the pure-gas site doesn’t list any. surely, there must be a pump somewhere in the city or nearby suburbs?!

i’m not as concerned about ethanol in newer cars but automaker tests show damage to older car engines from running on ethanol ( and their definition of old was 2001 to 2009 ) and i generally try to avoid running the 50 year old ford windsor 289 on gasoline that contains it.

the links between lead, crime and (aviation) gasoline.

mother jones has a fascinating and detailed report on lead being the hidden villain behind violent crime, lower IQs, and even ADHD with discussion of new research that builds on earlier work ( from 1999?!) which concluded that gasoline lead may explain as much as 90 percent of the rise and fall of violent crime over the past half century. all that great reporting and only passing mention is made to aviation gasoline which is the largest source of lead emissions in the U.S., accounts for half of the lead pollution in american skies and is not planned to be phased out until 2023.