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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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By MadMan007 on 3/27/2013 1:35:54 PM , Rating: 2
I agree, although 'much' better is a stretch. At least in terms of consumer pricing it's a wash...10% better mileage for 10% higher price. Fewer stops for fuel would be nice I guess and I would still prefer to have the option.

Ethanol in vehicle fuel needs to go away more for the other reason you's just stupid to use food as fuel. Plus we're having this great oil boom in the US, promoting ethanol as 'home grown fuel' to tug on the patriot heartstrings is no longer necessary.

I'm glad this has gone to the Supreme Court though where it's not going to be influenced by lobbying.

By Mint on 3/27/2013 3:17:39 PM , Rating: 2
No matter how well the US oil boom does, every gallon of alternative fuels creates local economic activity in place of imports.

I agree with you that this benefit isn't worth the cost of turning food into a fuel, but unsubsidized ethanol from corn now costs ~$2.50/gallon and we can't reverse history. Demand will remain no matter what. I just hope we can figure out the elusive cellulosic ethanol.

By MadMan007 on 3/28/2013 8:39:12 AM , Rating: 2
We can 'reverse history' when it's an artificial construct that was only recently created.

Regarding the oil boom, maybe you haven't heard the full extent of it, but there are detailed analyst reports of possible energy independence about ten years from now. That would mean no imports.

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