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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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RE: retarded
By 91TTZ on 6/19/2012 1:34:30 PM , Rating: 3
economics will ALWAYS favor those who have amassed wealth. You have to scrutinize the means with which they ammassed said wealth to decide whether it was appropriate or 'fair' depending on how you wish to define that, but simply saying a scenario favors someone with more wealth than those without is simply stating something obvious that could apply to 99.9% of reality. It's like a car with more HP is going to make it up a hill faster and work less to do so.

I'm not arguing against the basic fact that economics favor those who have amassed wealth, I'm arguing against taking drastic steps such as bulldozing functioning houses in order to artificially reduce supply, inflating the value of the houses left standing. Basically those with money/power are lobbying the government to take action to manipulate the market to give those special interests more money/power.

Just about any system will have an upside and a downside. You have to take the good with the bad. But they're privatizing the gains and then socializing the losses. The auto industry wants to sell more new cars? Get the government to crush old cars to remove that option from the public. By making used cars more expensive that makes people more likely to buy new cars.

I'm surprised that they don't just ban the sale of used items altogether. I'm sure they can make the argument that allowing the public to purchase used, working items harms the manufacturers profits, reduces tax income, threatens jobs, is bad for the economy and therefore threatens national security. Really it's just a subsidy for the rich.

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