I wanted to watch the Trump rally in Iowa. They had mentioned the 15% Ethanol rule and I wanted to hear what they did. Well, most places didn’t have it. But Righside Broadcasting does. The recording is 6 hours 28 minutes, but trump starts talking at about 4 hours 50 minutes in.
This was held in Council Bluffs Iowa, right on the Nebraska border, so a lot of Nebraskans made it to the crowd. For those who don’t know, when Iowa was a dry State, folks, including my Dad as a young guy, would drive to Council Bluffs to party. Just over the line in Nebraska you could buy booze, then bring it back to the party. Dad was from the far East side of Iowa, right on the Mississippi River, so it was a big deal to go to Council Bluffs. Needless to say the bond between both sides of that border are long and deep.
The 15% rule issue is a bit complex. I’m not going to insert links, but I did look it up. At the 15% ethanol level gasoline has a higher RVP (vapor pressure) so the EPA mandates specific labeling as “Flex Fuel”… but … Only in certain summer months and only in some places (most but not all places). Needless to say this was confusing and a PITA. What Trump has done is push to have the complexity removed and just let people sell E15 year round labeled AS E15. Makes perfect sense to me.
Along the way I found out that all cars made since 2001 are supposed to be made able to run on E15. As I now have 2 4×4 cars from that cohort, I now know I can run E-15 in them. Oh Joy… The old Banana Boat was very unhappy on just E-10 Super and was happiest on stuff less than E-5 or so; meaning I had to mix my own from Ethanol Free + E-10 or just run the Ethanol Free (at $1 / gallon higher price – sometimes only 75 ¢ higher). It’s nice to know I don’t need to do that even at E-15 on those two cars.
The practical effect will be small, as E-15 is mostly limited to the northern central plains States; with the southern area where I run most of the time being E-10 gas. Trump did say “Nation wide” so perhaps the change also allows E-15 nation wide ( I hope it does not mandate it). However, as I’m expecting to spend more time in Chicago, there will now be times that I’m in the area. So if I see an E-15 pump, I won’t worry too much now.
Toward the end of the video the Rightside folks stated that YouTube began hiding their videos and attempts to search for them would not find them. I’m not sure the details beyond that, but just so folks know, here’s their channel location on YouTube ( I think it’s the top entry point).
Here’s the Council Bluffs video:
The last 1/2 of the speech is pretty much the usual boilerplate of accomplishments since the election, but still nice to be reminded.
Just for completion, here’s the Erie Pennsylvania rally too. First speakers start at about 55 minutes, then Trump enters at 1 hour 55 minutes and starts talking 2 minutes later ;-)
At 1 hour 52 min. they say YouTube has demonetized their videos and so they are on the “bad list”. That’s an interesting bit of direct political manipulation. How can just reporting events be “bad”, eh?