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Maine will ban E15 if at least two other New England states follow suit

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is working on a bill that would ban E15 fuel blends from being sold within the state. E15 is a blend of fuel that has 15% ethanol content compared to the E10 with 10% ethanol that is common across the country today. The United States EPA approved the sale of E15 in June of 2012.

However, filling stations have been very slow to adopt the new E15 blend and as of now, the fuel is only available at 10 stations in Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection says that it will ban E15 blends within the state if at least two other New England states go along with the prohibition.

The move comes amid concerns that many vehicles on the highways today and most small engines don't support the higher ethanol content in E15 fuel. The ethanol industry is reportedly aggressively marketing the new E15 blend in seeking to spread its availability outside of the current small footprint.

“We see the writing on the wall from the feds, and we want to make sure that Maine consumers and businesses are protected if others in the region are doing the same,” said DEP spokeswoman Samantha DePoy-Warren.

AAA recently conducted a survey and found that five automotive manufacturers specifically state warranties do not cover E15 related engine damage. Eight other automakers have said that E15 fuel does not comply with their vehicles fuel requirements. On the flipside, the Renewable Fuels Association, an ethanol industry association, claimed that 60% of the light-duty vehicles on the roads within the U.S. today can use E15 fuel blend.

Source: Bangor Daily News



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By SirLoin on 1/15/2013 12:22:19 PM , Rating: 0
I think you all are missing the boat!
Yes I agree ethanol should not be used because it damages engines and yes I agree ethanol should not be used because it is entirely to flammable in case of an accident, but here is the main reason I am against ethanol.

The high level of sulfur in the ethanol corn by-produce can kill cattle and/or cause polio.
And if this high level of sulfur can be passed thought the cows milk or is in the meat from beef we eat, we could very well be poisoning our own kids by feeding it.
Until the CDC says it is safe to feed large and prolonged does of sulfur to cattle, I am dead set against ethanol regardless of its proclaimed benefits.

Perhaps one of you reporters could do a little research on the dangers of feeding ethanol corn by-produce to cattle??




By Azethoth on 1/15/2013 9:35:15 PM , Rating: 3
This is ground breaking science! Who knew that polio, (formerly caused by a virus that has almost been eradicated by immunization shots and is now mainly in Afghanistan and Pakistan) is instead actually caused by sulfur from ethanol.

Sulfur: no longer just a fertilizer and pesticide. Now it causes polio due to some guy on the internet!


By Kyuu on 1/15/2013 11:10:19 PM , Rating: 2
Don't forget that ethanol is far too flammable to be used as a fuel, as opposed to the gasoline it is blended into!


By SirLoin on 1/16/2013 12:19:05 PM , Rating: 2
Re:
[quote] Sulfur: no longer just a fertilizer and pesticide. Now it causes polio due to some guy on the internet! [/quote]
This “guy” are many well known universities.
Read these:
Iowa State University:
Polio in Cattle can be Caused by Sulfur Toxicity
http://vetmed.iastate.edu/diagnostic-lab/diagnosti...

University of Minnesota
Avoiding Mineral Toxicity in Cattle
http://www.extension.umn.edu/beef/components/pdfs/...

University on Tennessee
http://www.thebeefsite.com/articles/938/corn-glute...

If that is not enough for you I can give you about a dozen more.


By Uncle on 1/16/2013 6:19:36 PM , Rating: 2
Right on and not to mention that corn is not a natural food for cows. Foods Inc the documentary explains that cows produce E=coli as a by product from eating corn fed to them for fattening purposes only, corn fructose. How many people get sick or have died from E=coli poisoning, and all the meat recalls because of E=coli. Don't feed cows corn, not a natural food for cows, no more E=coli in the meat. I wish some one would take Monsanto to court over the death of one person, and then all this would come out in the open.


By SirLoin on 1/18/2013 2:26:55 PM , Rating: 2
Uncle,
There was one case that I know of that went to court, but it was for the death of cattle not humans.
I don’t have the whole file, but this should get you started.
http://174.123.24.242/leagle/xmlResult.aspx?xmldoc...


By Proposer88 on 1/17/2013 12:26:05 AM , Rating: 3
Please tell me that you're not confusing the animal disease polioencephalomalacia with the human disease poliomyelitis

(shakes head in disbelief ...)


By SirLoin on 1/18/2013 2:07:14 PM , Rating: 2
88.
I am calling it neither but Iowa State University and at least a half a dozen other Universities are calling it Polioencephalomalacia.
Click on the above links I provided for a complete explanation.

Here is another link you may be interested in. Be sure to read the last paragraph.

http://www.uwex.edu/ces/animalscience/beef/documen...


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