Low Carbon Fuel

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Seems we'll need to burn more fuel at a higher price to make up the mileage difference and therefore have a zero sum gain?

Probably, if only assessed from the cost:production end of the equation. If you need to reduce carbon emissions ..and this achieves that result, then there is your gain.

I'm sure that there's more to it than that. Whether it works or not kinda ignores that there is some problem that needs attending to over a very large population ..and that current prevailing conditions make this one potential way of coping with it.
What ever happened to the law setting pi equal to 3?

Toluene, 91% carbon
Octane, 84% ''
Propane, 81% ''
Methane, 75% ''
Ethanol, 52% ''
Hydrogen 0% ''
Coal, 99% '' ?

There are some minor gains to be made by eliminating aromatics from gasoline. Going down in molecular weight produces some more small gains. If you make the non petroleum fuels bear the carbon used to produce them, their percentage goes way up. Much of our electricity comes from burning coal, very high in carbon. Diesel is somewhat higher than octane in carbon, but does produce better millage.

Now where is the Governator going to locate the LNG terminal?
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