Must rant ... must rant ...
Want to make $100? It's easy. You send me $550. Cash or cheque. In exchange, I will send you a cool $100. Cash or cheque. Or a money order, if you prefer.
Is that a deal or what? No? Only a fool would fall for this? Well, then, the government of Canada is run by fools -- because it is about to implement a new environmental regulation which delivers $1 in benefit for every $5.50 it costs.
By September, if the new law comes into force, an average of five per cent of the fuel content of gasoline will have to come from renewable fuels made from corn or wheat. Long discussed, the government formally announced at the beginning of April that it would go ahead with the regulation.
Looks like the federal government has gone ahead and wants to make it mandatory to water-down your gasoline with ethanol. Since ethanol has 30% less energy content per volume than gasoline, what this means is you'll be paying the same -- or probably more -- for the same volume of fuel, but it won't get you as far as it used to.
I used to occassionally get gas at Husky/Mohawk when any other station wasn't immediately available. I began to notice I'd be getting around 10%-20% worse mileage whenever I did that. Then I realized they advertise their fuel with "up to 10% ethanol" -- like that's a bonus, or something.
It seems to me if Husky was selling me 90% gasoline, and 10% of a liquid which was of no use to me, they should be giving a 10% discount on their "gas" -- probably more of a discount to make up for the fact that I have to fill up more often when using their ethanol crap.
But there's no discount. They sell fuel for the same price as legitimate gas stations who don't
water-down their gasoline.
Now we're not going to be able to avoid this rip-off any more. Why? Because, apparently, we're "saving the planet"(tm) -- or so the environmentalists tell us. Of course, it'll do no such thing because it's just a symbolic feel-good move to give environmentalists a warm/fuzzy feeling inside. On the other hand, it will cost us all more money and make us poorer ... again.
I'm starting to get the feeling that's what these "environmentalists" are really after.