We've been tell you about APD's E85/bio-diesel debacle for a few weeks now. APD decided to abandon the corn-fed fuel because it was wrecking engines and fuel pumps in their Ford Crown Victorias. While business was good down at the motor pool, it wasn't good for a city in a budget crisis. Not to mention the fact that using E85 exclusively voided the vehicles warranty.
Our Eyes tell us that E85 is on its way back. No... Nothing has changed - the fuel still wrecks fuel pumps and destroys engines. However, last week the Almighty Alcalde was besieged by greens. So, in a move reeking of political expedience and utterly devoid of common sense, Marty has reinstituted his E85 edict- with one difference.
Officers now get to put 30 gallons a month of good old unleaded - probably in an attempt to keep a whole bunch of fuel pumps out of the landfill. According to our Eyes the program will be "closely monitored."
None of this makes a whole lot of sense. The vehicles were not designed to use E85 exclusively. Adding 30 gallons of unleaded - about two days of fuel for an APD vehicle - won't have an appreciable impact when the manufacturer recommends running a full tank of gasoline every third tank. It also doesn't change the fact that they've already voided the warrantees of every vehicle purchased before January.
Apparently, it doesn't matter to the mayor or the environmentalists that he's trying to appease that the fuel destroys engines, voids warrantees and makes maintenance costs skyrocket as long as Big Corn gets to fuel the vehicles. Damn the fuel pumps! We're gonna be green despite the waste, despite budget crisis, and despite common sense. After all, it's not their money anyway.