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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Government gums up U.S. engines

- - Thursday, February 13, 2014

Congress and the Environmental Protection Agency, in their great wisdom, require that ethanol be added to every gallon of gas we buy. We have heard that the mixture is bad for car engines, particularly if the engines were built before 2000, as the ethanol retains moisture, which corrodes and causes rust in our engines.

I just discovered that the ethanol also badly gums up engines that sit idle for more than 30 days. My snowblower, generator and chain saw all are gummed up and have to have their carburetors cleaned.

Even if you run the engines until their fuel tanks are empty, apparently there is still enough left to foul the carburetors. Adding fuel stabilizers doesn't always help.

Hats off to our government for gumming up the works again. They really don't know what they are doing.

CHRISTOPHER S. MOODY

Gaithersburg