This article is the American Petroleum Institute's (API's) analysis of what is wrong with methanol as a motor fuel. Motor fuels from methanol are either pure methanol (M100) or methanol/gasoline blends (e.g., M85, which is 85% methanol/15% gasoline). API believes that the following critical points are being overlooked: 1) Methanol fuel is unlikely to result in significant air quality improvements; 2) methanol fuel raises serious public health concerns because it is highly toxic; 3) methanol costs are high, one reason being that a gallon of methanol only goes half as far as a gallon of gasoline; and 4) methanol fuel will not significantly enhance energy security--the cheapest source is foreign natural gas.

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    PennWell Publishing Company

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  • Authors:
    • O'Keefe
  • Publication Date: 1989-8-14

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 16, 18
  • Serial:
    • Oil and Gas Journal
    • Volume: 87
    • Issue Number: 33
    • Publisher: PennWell Publishing Company
    • ISSN: 0030-1388

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  • Accession Number: 00486107
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1989 12:00AM