EPA Clears the Way for E15 Fuel at Local Gas Stations
June 19, 2012 9:34 AM
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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
in cars and trucks as well.
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6/19/2012 12:26:42 PM
Yea, I like that "gives the consumer a REAL choice at the pump" bit.
I REAL choice?
So here's how it might go down.
You have choices between E10 and E15.
There will be those to STUPID to understand and fill up the 2000 Mercury with E15 and have to pony up REAL CASH for what they did.
The small engines will NEED E10, so no E15 for them.
MOST people will fill their car with E10.
E15 won't get used as much as THEY want it to be, so money will be thrown at it to make it cheaper to use.
And the ethaniol boys get what they wanted all along, more ethanol use.
6/19/2012 4:18:59 PM
If they were smart, they'd key the gas pump nozzles so you couldn't fit an E15 pump into a car which can't take E15. Like they did when they phased out leaded gasoline (cars which only took unleaded has a smaller fuel tank hole, and you couldn't fit a leaded gas nozzle into it).
But I'm guessing those behind this change don't really care if you destroy your engine, and just want to sell more ethanol.
6/19/2012 4:47:02 PM
I guess he doesn't understand that businesses are "consumers" as well. We DID have a choice, and guess what? We chose to NOT use ethanol in our vehicles.
If there was a demand for it, someone would have brought it to the market on their own, without the Government mandating it.
That's why you know his statement is pure rhetoric and feel-good BS. If you really think about it, it just doesn't even make sense.
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