Re: Black gold and mileage

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By The Staff

Dear Editor,

I have to assume that when writing her articles Geology Professor Peters has absolutely no vested research support or financial sponsorship from oil/gas/shale/tar-sand or other mining/extraction/manufacturing interests. If she does, they should be made known to his readers.

Her message insists that stinky, smelly old oil is with us and the only way to go into the foreseeable future.  To back this up she quotes some misleading statistics about bio-fuels. It is true to say that it does not seem feasible to generate the quantities of these fuels to replace the current imported oil supplies at the moment.

Sadly, one thing the human race is going to have to get used to is that with an ever-growing world population its energy demands, wants, are going to have to be adapted to what is actually available, needs. This is unavoidable if we and our other global eco-components are going to flourish in the foreseeable future. The poor mileages she quotes when using E85, ethanol based Flex Fuel in his Jeep Cherokee have not been my experience with my 1999 Mazda, V6, B300 truck. When using regular gas, my mileage was about 24 mpg. When I started using E85 exclusively, just over two years ago, my average mileage has been just over 20 mpg. I do try to keep my driving speeds at 70 mph or lower.

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