Tuesday, February 27, 2007


February Letter to the Editor from Mike Boland

Dear Editor,

I hope your readers will join me in urging the Untied States Congress to re-authorize and strengthen the present tax credit for the purchase of hybrid cars and trucks by individuals and businesses.

The world's scientists have recently sent us a powerful warning about global warming and its devastating impact on climate change. It does not take a rocket scientist to know that the more oil we use the faster we move toward environmental and economic disaster. Some would even say the survival of the species is at stake.

The over dependence on foreign oil also has national security implications. If we were to become less dependent on petroleum from the volatile Middle East we could drive the price of gasoline down there by not only putting more money into consumers' pockets but less money would be going to the Saudi Arabians and the others who fund schools that preach hatred of America, hatred of the West, and hatred of Israel.

Lastly if stronger tax incentives were set up to encourage more people and business to purchase hybrid vehicles we would have cleaner air in our cities helping us to fight the increasing rates of asthma and other respiratory illnesses, This in turn could result in savings in health care.

Updates on Boland's legislative activities can be found by visiting www.MikeBoland.blogspot.com. Rep Mike Boland can be reached at his district office at 4416 River Drive, Moline IL 61265, or by phone309/736-3360. Boland's local email contact is ILRepMikeBoland@aol.com. Sincerely,Mike BolandState Representative71st District

"This fuel blend provides comparable fuel economy and power to high octane and high performance unleaded gasoline."

While most of Borland's comments pertaining to alternative fuels and are essentially correct, this statement is misleadingly false. A gallon of E85 has less than 75% of the energy available from a gallon of unleaded gasoline.
Vehicles will burn more gallons of E85 fuel to travel the same distance and will not perform (generate as much horsepower or torgue to accelerate or tow) as well. It may be a resonable trade off (most cars and trucks have qn 85% power margin already) but it is untrue to say E85 provides comparable, as in about the same, fuel economy and power.
Well written article.
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