GASOHOL -- TECHNICAL, ECONOMIC, OR POLITICAL PANACEA?

A systems analysis of the gasohol production processes indicates that gasohol is increasing rather than decreasing the nation's dependence on crude oil. The federal government's claim that gasohol can reduce the nation's dependence on imported energy appears to be based principally on political considerations, but also on the assumption that coal will eventually replace the petroleum and natural gas currently used in the gasohol production wherever possible. The authors advocate reevaluation of the government's commitment to gasohol and increased governmental support for using the nonrenewable resources needed for gasohol production on the production of synthetic gasoline and diesel fuel, and methanol, all of which are projected to be less expensive and more energy efficient fuels.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared for SAE Meeting August 11-14, 1980.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

    400 Commonwealth Drive
    Warrendale, PA  United States  15096
  • Authors:
    • Austin, T C
    • Rubenstein, G
  • Publication Date: 1980

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  • Accession Number: 00334756
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SAE 800891
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 28 1981 12:00AM