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Letters to Editor

Poppycock Again

From Issue: Volume XX - Number 24

In response to the letter from Thomas Beeler published in the Nov. 16 Beachcomber, which took exception to my letter on subject, I offer the following facts:

1. The “custom blend” of gasoline required in California is for the summer months, not the winter months as Mr. Beeler mistakenly claims.

2. The objective of the “custom blend” regulations is to lower the volatility (see Reid Vapor Pressure Requirements) of gasoline sold in California during the hot summer months, and thus reduce pollution from evaporation. The requirements for this “custom blend” result in a more costly refining process.

3. The “custom blend” gasoline sold in California has absolutely nothing to do with the addition of Ethanol to the fuel. Ethanol is inherently more volatile than gasoline, and would actually increase air pollution in California due to evaporation during the summer months.

4. There are no refineries outside of California that manufacture the “custom blend” of gasoline required by the California Air Resources Board, despite Mr. Beeler’s insistence that he can see two of them from his house.

Having spent roughly 35 years of my Engineering Career in the energy industry, and having worked with some of the finest experts on petroleum technology in the world, I stand by the content of my November 2nd Letter.

Ralph Paul Jacobs