No, obviously. Nor anyone else, apparently. Now that GM is spending more time trying to sell the HUMMER brand than the HUMMER brand’s products, there’s not much on the product news front. But there is something. “The iconic HUMMER H2 is known for going where no other four wheel drive will venture,” a GM press release proclaims [via Huliq News]. “The model breaks new boundaries for 2009 with standard E85 Flexpower capability on every H2 sold, making it the only model of its kind with can run on E85 ethanol.” Now there’s a claim. And just in case you thought boasting that your planet-killer poster child can run on a corn-based bio-fuel boondoggle that even tree-hugger’s have scorned, GM PR wants you to know… nothing much. About that, anyway. “Ethanol is an alcohol which can be distilled from a number of sources, ranging from renewable crops such as sugar cane, to biomass or waste materials. Particular emphasis is being paid to the need to utilize sources that do not affect the price of third-world food commodities. For example, GM is the leading automotive investor in developing E85 ethanol made from waste wood collected as part of forest wildfire prevention programmes. Undergrowth and dead trees that would otherwise be burned are converted into the ethanol.” Oh, OK, then. But GM is now trying to play-up the “E85 is cleaner for the air” arguement, which has never been properly verified. “In addition to reducing dependence on non-renewable petroleum resources, E85 ethanol helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and can reduce smog-forming carbon exhaust emissions.” H2 reucing greenhouse gasses? Talk about beating a dead horse.
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