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The fight over E15 is not over yet

The Environmental Protection Agency has given the approval for retailers to sell 15% ethanol blended fuel. The fuel we purchase at most gas stations around the country today already has 10% ethanol mixed in. The EPA and other supporters of the plan have wanted to add an additional 5% ethanol to the fuel mix for cars built after 2001.
 
"Today, the last significant federal hurdle has been cleared to allow consumers to buy fuel containing up to 15 percent ethanol (E15)," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "This gets us one step closer to giving the American consumer a real choice at the pump. The public has a right to choose between imported oil and home-grown energy and today’s action by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advances that goal."
 
The goal of the plan is to help reduce the dependence on foreign oil by using ethanol derived from corn.
 
“In the eyes of the federal government, E15 is a legal fuel for sale to cars, pickups, and SUVs made since 2001,” said RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen. “With all i’s dotted and t’s crossed as far as EPA is concerned, our undivided focus will turn to addressing state regulatory issues, identifying retailers wishing to offer E15, and paving the way to greater use of domestically produced ethanol."
 
There are still other issues that have to be overcome before E15 makes it to pumps. These issues include pending litigation and threats from Washington. The U.S. House of Representatives has previously threatened to block the EPA's plans to force E15 sales at stations around the country. Many still argue that the use of E15 could cause millions of dollars in damage to engines in vehicles around the country.
 
One of the organizations opposing the rollout of E15 is the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute or OPEI. According to OPEI, government tests show that E15 is harmful to outdoor power equipment, boats, marine engines, and other non-road engine products. Adding an additional option at the pump could confuse consumers leading to misfueling and damage of engines according to OPEI.
 
"For the first time in American history, fuel used for some automobiles may no longer safe for any non-road products. It may, in fact, destroy or damage generators, chain saws, utility vehicles, lawn mowers, boats and marine engines, snowmobiles, motorcycles, ATVs, and more," says Kris Kiser, President and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, one of the industry groups who have been sending warnings to the federal government about E15.
 
Keiser added, "[The] EPA purports to educate tens of millions of Americans using hundreds of millions of engine products, asserting it will educate these users with a 3 inch by 3 inch pump label. It's frighteningly inadequate."
 
Some major automakers also argue E15 could harm engines in cars and trucks as well.

Sources: Autoblog, Wisconsin Ag Connection



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at least we don't have corn subsidies anymore
By bjacobson on 6/19/2012 10:01:05 AM , Rating: 2
I mind this a lot less now that the corn subsidy has expired. If the price of ethanol gets high enough, it'll make more sense to move to other sources like cellulose ethanol.

Still the problem of hurting engines and seals due to not having any of the natural oils and lubrication that gasoline has. Perhaps all vehicles will support e85?




RE: at least we don't have corn subsidies anymore
By bjacobson on 6/19/2012 10:03:40 AM , Rating: 5
I wish we could get this level of intrusive government in other areas that the liberals hate, like micromanaging people on welfare.


By mattclary on 6/19/2012 10:04:12 AM , Rating: 2
Absolutely.


By ebakke on 6/19/2012 12:24:47 PM , Rating: 2
Good lord, yes!


By Dr of crap on 6/19/2012 12:30:25 PM , Rating: 2
Surely you jest!

NO WAY they could mess with the handouts without some do gooder screaming about how it's not fair to single out those that NEED the handouts!

But I'd like to see it too!!!


By zaraleth on 6/20/2012 6:53:56 PM , Rating: 2
If they were smart...welfare recipients would receive debit cards instead of cheques. All purchases made on the debit card can then be monitored and flagged when suspicious transactions are made. Sure, maybe not all places take debit cards...but beggars can't be choosers right? :)


RE: at least we don't have corn subsidies anymore
By name99 on 6/19/2012 2:38:23 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
I wish we could get this level of intrusive government in other areas that the liberals hate, like micromanaging people on welfare.


And in this comment we see why America has such broken politics.

]You do realize that the group you call liberals, for the most part hate ethanol as much as or more than you do?
It is agricultural interests (both large agriculture and small farms) that support this stuff --- good Republican constituencies both of them.


RE: at least we don't have corn subsidies anymore
By ebakke on 6/19/12, Rating: 0
RE: at least we don't have corn subsidies anymore
By name99 on 6/19/2012 9:38:13 PM , Rating: 3
I have no idea WTF you are trying to say.
It is no secret that farmers vote Republican. A recent example:

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Farmers-Republica...

summary: Almost 75 percent of farmers and ranchers intend to vote for a Republican as president


RE: at least we don't have corn subsidies anymore
By ebakke on 6/19/2012 10:14:59 PM , Rating: 2
Farmers, just like everyone else, vote for those who will continue to give them a handout. My point is that this has historically been a bipartisan affair.


By name99 on 6/19/2012 11:47:16 PM , Rating: 2
And historically the Republican party was the pro-African-American party.
This is interesting history but of little relevance to understanding today's politics.


By Spuke on 6/19/2012 10:19:36 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
I mind this a lot less now that the corn subsidy has expired.
No way!! Really? That's awesome! Of course, gas prices will go up but I don't mind at all.


By Concillian on 6/19/2012 12:30:37 PM , Rating: 2
And what's funny is that the subsidies expired and E85 prices spiked up, but now have settled lower than ever.


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