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Students at Emerson Elementary Schopl signed their Idle-Free banner

Well..its on its way anyway. Melissa was fortunate enough to be able to drive out to Emerson yesterday (at 100km/h, obviously)  to visit with the friendly students and Staff of Emerson Elementary School. Their principal, Colin Toms is acting as a leader to spread the anti-idling message, as well as the signs around the community. Melissa was also asked to take 10 minutes to speak with the town council, which is responsible for giving permission for any signs put up around the community. They were also warm and welcoming and seemed quite open to the idea. Their primary concern was with enforcing the anti-idling message. While this is a legitimate concern, we want everyone to know that these signs simply act as a reminder to drivers that idling is harmful, and asks them to turn off.

Thank you Emerson for the invitation and the hospitality!

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E85 ethanol no cure for gas emissions: report – Winnipeg Free Press

“Ottawa’s push to use high-level ethanol fuel in cars is doing little or nothing to cut Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions nor will it, says a government briefing note prepared for Natural Resources Minister Lisa Raitt and obtained by Canwest News Service.”

We stumbled across this story in the local paper. As eco-drivers we are always curious about new sources of renewable fuels and new vehicle technologies that will improve fuel economy, reduce the cost of transportation, and most importantly reduce CO2 emissions. Bio-fuels have been a hot topic for some time, and governments have actively encouraged car makers to produce specially modified (e.g., E85 flex-fuel) vehicles that can run on both regular gasoline blends as well as the 85% ethanol 15% gasoline blends as they become available. As noted in the article, in reality, most of these vehicles will never have a drop of E85 in their tanks over the course of their lives on the road. It is only available in 4 locations around the country, none of them in Manitoba. Car manufacturers even get credits for selling these more “environmentally friendly” vehicles, regardless of the fuel actually used to run them.

The government of Manitoba currently mandates that suppliers of fuel much replace at least 8.5% of the fuel available for sale with ethanol. The most common  manifestation of this mandate is in the 10% ethanol/90% gasoline blend for sale at a some gas stations.

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The purpose of this blog is to provide a venue for the ecoDriver Manitoba team to update you on what’s new and interesting in the world of eco-driving, fuel efficient vehicles, and transportation. It also provides you with a means of giving us feedback, expressing your opinions, and follow along with us as we promote easy driving habits that save you money and reduce emissions!

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