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Trevor Bothwell, writing at Lew Rockwell's Libertarian website, has had it up to here with the government trying to foist ethanol down our gas tanks. As we mentioned this summer, some boaters reported lots of problems when using E10, and Bothwell was one of them. He needed to get the carburetors repaired on his 2005 17-foot Boston Whaler with a 90-horsepower Mercury four-stroke outboard engine. While he admits this particular engine is especially ethanol-unfriendly, he still blames the governmen

Ethanol fuel may be causing flapper valves on Ford vehicles to stick. A consumer auto-help column recently took on a question from an owner of a 1998 Mercury Mystique GS who was having problems filling up his tank. The responding technician said Ford sent out a technical service bulletin that suggested replacing flapper valve assembly. Apparently the flapper valve can stick due to swelling and distorting "when exposed to ethanol fuels." Let this be a lesson to those who think that an ethanol con