Business: Rediscovering Home-Grown Fuel

New mileage for an old idea: gasohol

In search of ways to beat the oil-import bind, some policymakers are beginning to look at an idea for motor fuel that was tried by American farmers in the 1930s: a mixture of 90% gasoline and 10% alcohol known as gasohol. Already it is selling briskly at about 500 filling stations in the Midwest Plains states, where the corn from which alcohol is commonly made is abundant. The blend is hailed by its champions as a wonder that yields about the same mileage as unleaded gasoline and offers an ever renewable source of energy. Moreover,...

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