Interesting read, thanks Billy!
However, I think Ford is going in the wrong direction here. Let alone I want it stated in the owners manual, or writing directly from the dealer or Ford head office that the vehicle can in fact run safely on E15. This 15% idea of theirs is going to start a huge debate, as 99% of vehicles on the road can't handle more than 5% ethanol, safely. By the time the government decides to step in and standardize the 15E blend, I know I'll be laying on a dirty old mattress in an old age home at the ripe old age of 105. It's just like when the manufacturers wanted to go hydrogen, and spent billions in the development process, only to realize that they'll have to setup new fuel stations just for that purpose. This also is in the hope that people will buy these expensive hydrogen cars. I think that idea has a better chance of making it forward.
The governments are also starting to realize that ethanol is not a long term solution for reducing the need of foreign oil. I know for a fact that the Alberta tar sands could easily support a larger portion of North American oil use. However, the fact remains that they're out to make more of a profit, so they sell it to corrupt overseas markets who in turn sell it back to us, so they both make money. Strange? Yes! It's the government that is the culprit here for allowing it to happen in the first place. If the petrol companies make money, they pay more to the government in taxes. When push comes to shove it's always about the money.
The price of rice in China is no joke either. When ethanol production goes up, so does the price of usable commodities such as soy and corn, along with several other plants that can produce a combustible oil. To fill a standard Tahoe with E85, takes over an acre of corn. So, it's not a long term solution. It was a good idea at the time, but right from the get go, no one really had any other cost effective options. Again, it's all about the money. I'm done with the rant lol.