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Methanol as an alternative fuel: economic and health effects

Mine Yucel

Economic and Financial Policy Review, 1991, issue Sep, 9-20

Abstract: Methanol, because of its low pollution characteristics, is a possible alternative to gasoline as a motor fuel. In this article, Mine K. Yucel calculates the economic, pollution, and health effects of switching from gasoline to methanol fuels. ; Yucel finds that use of methanol would lower oil demand and oil prices, while increased demand for methanol's natural gas feedstock would increase natural gas prices. Fuel prices would increase because methanol is more costly than gasoline. However, methanol use would reduce ozone pollution and some of the health risks associated with gasoline.

Keywords: Power resources; Petroleum industry and trade (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1991
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