The biggest stumbling block to ethanol's adoption is the Flex fuel cars lack of economy, but Flex-fuel cars will never be economic while the engine(motor) is optimised for Petrol/gasoline. Even though most owners of flex cars would never buy Gasoline and even drive out of their way to buy ethanol fuel. Dedicated ethanol cars should be available, initially in the corn states, but in time worldwide. Ethanol engines/motors need much higher compression to be fuel efficient and as ethanol and ethanol blends are currently used in engines that are essentially Gasoline engines they have no chance of being efficient. What people often forget is that even though Petrol/Gasoline has a higher energy density in the open air, in every engine the fuel is burned under pressure. And ethanol needs much higher compression than Gasoline and very few older engines where designed to be ethanol friendly. Most Governments now subsidise the purchase or use of bio-fuels either the Federal Government in the U.S.A. subsidizes ethanols sale at the pump, or in the UK, HM Customs refunds the duty after purchase.
Most Governments who listen to their scientific advisers realize we’re in the throws of climate change, there’s no doubt about that. Whether it’s our fault people argue, but doesn’t matter, we’ll be the ones experiencing the effects. Responsible Government's will need to show they have been doing something not just pandering to the needs of big business. Internal combustion engines are more thermodynamically efficient the higher the compression that engine is. Not only is ethanol carbon negative it is higher octane than pump Petrol/Gasoline and will if used in a high compression engine be much more powerful, economical and thermodynamically efficient. So it can be a better motor fuel. If you’re green you can feel good about saving the world, if you’re not you can have the personal satisfaction of buying a better cheaper motor fuel.
All modern S.I. engines start with settings remembered in the ECU, settings to start the engine using it’s fuel easily. Immediately it fires it continues running with feedback from the sensors. ECU's do accommodate for wear in the moving parts, but they're actually programmed to keep the engine in the most economical and powerful state of tune within the mandated exhaust perimeters.
The U.K. Government knows that burning fossil fuel is a major cause of climate change and they've all got a duty of care, that's why all the petrol for sale in the U.K has some ethanol in it, that's also why Briton has finally put some bio-fuel duty rebates in place. Essentially anyone in the UK can get a duty rebate it just has to be a 100% bio-fuel it CAN BE ETHANOL (used in spark ignition engines) or BIO-DIESEL (used in pressure ignition engine) and you must have been charged some road duty for it. The problem is buying 100% bio-fuel is difficult, the oil companies have no reason them sell them, none of the price would actually be for them. The government isn't advertising it (why would they, it would cost them revenue). The 25,000L/year allowance is designed to be just what a private individual would use for personal use.