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Industry associations lost their last appeal

The Obama administration has been pushing to reduce the amount of oil that we consume within the United States. This has resulted in a big push to increase the use of alternative fuels and rules forcing automakers to become more fuel-efficient. The alternative fuel push lead to the EPA’s decision to approve a gasoline blend that uses more ethanol for 2001 model year vehicles and newer.

However, many automotive manufacturer associations continue to assert that increasing the percentage of ethanol in fuel could harm some vehicles. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the Association of Global Automakers, the Outdoor Equipment Institute, and the National Marine Manufacturers Association jointly filed a petition this week seeking the Supreme Court to overturn EPA's plans.
These associations all lost a previous appeal when the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that none of those trade associations or parties had the legal standing to challenge the EPA's approval of E15 fuel.

These groups are hoping that the Supreme Court might overturn the lower court's ruling.

"It is not in the longer-term interest of consumers, the government, and all parties involved to discover, after the fact, that equipment or performance problems are occurring because a new fuel was rushed into the national marketplace,” said the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.

The EPA first cleared the way to bring E15 fuel to gas stations around the country in June of 2012. Current gasoline blends available at stations around the country can have up to 10% ethanol.

"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 in June of 2012. "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."

Some states are also up in arms over the increased ethanol proposal. The state of Maine has pledged to ban the sale of E15 fuel within the state if at least two other New England states agree to ban the fuel as well.

Source: Detroit News

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The best approach
By Ammohunt on 3/27/2013 10:35:22 AM , Rating: 2
Some states are also up in arms over the increased ethanol proposal. The state of Maine has pledged to ban the sale of E15 fuel within the state if at least two other New England states agree to ban the fuel as well.

This is how you handle Federal Government mandates via states rights. Personally I am getting tired of having the judicial branch having to decide on bad legislation. Bad legistlation is the direct result of uninformed voters!

RE: The best approach
By wookie1 on 3/27/2013 11:58:22 AM , Rating: 2
I would disagree and argue that bad legislation is the effect of allowing the federal government to exceed the powers enumerated it in the constitution. Once you allow the fed to have these powers, bad legislation is virtually guaranteed. Politicians have no motivation to act in the interests of consumers, on the contrary, doling out favors by enacting certain legislation helps them keep a grip on their office.

RE: The best approach
By Reclaimer77 on 3/27/2013 6:18:02 PM , Rating: 2
Seriously more states need to just take a stand. Ban Obamacare, vow to block Unconstitutional gun control measures, and just ban this ethanol crap. States are supposed to trump federal authority anyway, it's called Sovereign Statehood! If they would just act like it more of the time, we wouldn't be in this mess.

RE: The best approach
By Dr of crap on 3/28/2013 12:56:27 PM , Rating: 2
WHEN, oh when has any elected official done anything to help out the population in the last 50 years! They are ALL in it for the money, and themselves. They do not even remotely vote as their elected people want them to. They vote "along party lines" ALWAYS. STUPID as the day is long!
Our political system can't work effectively anymore until changes are made.

Your comment of informed voters just makes me laugh!
You know some win just because they look good, or - fill in the blank with some worthless item!

RE: The best approach
By Ammohunt on 4/1/2013 11:29:51 AM , Rating: 2
These politicians are not being held accountable by their constituents mainly because people have removed themselves from the political process because their civic duty requirement is not re-enforced in our educational system or they are too busy facebooking with their BFFL's.

Libertarians really need to give up on the third party nonsense dream! As a staunch conservative i will never align with their whacky broken platform neither will most conservatives not to mention there simply isn't enough people to form three equal opinions in this nation! remember Ross Perot must we repeat the mistakes of history over again?

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