28 Jun 2014 More

Many Not Thrilled about Methanol Fuel Substitute

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Image of a bottle of methanolWhile there has been an increase in crude oil drilling, there have been many attempts to switch to methanol from gasoline. The switch would cut down on greenhouse-gas emissions and help with the crude oil expansion; however, many are hesitant to make the switch.

Patrick Davis, director of the Energy Department’s Vehicles Technologies Office, said, “There’s a lot of choices out there and they’re all vying for a fairly limited market.  It is going to be a fight for any fuel to succeed.”

John Hofmeister, founder of Citizens for Affordable Energy and president of Shell Oil Co., said in an interview, “Methanol matters for the same reason that ethanol matters, which is it’s an alternative to oil. It would help if people on the Hill understood the value to the consumer and the importance in the fuel mix.”

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