Supreme Court Asked to Rule on EPA's Ethanol Mandate
March 27, 2013 9:05 AM
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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.
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RE: Ethanol Money
3/28/2013 7:20:28 AM
Lower efficiency means more pollutants; ie, you have to use more fuel to go the same distance. Your study implies the pure gas is less efficient than E10 [as per table 4], which is ridiculous and calls all the results into question. Besides, it is brief California-style emissions test using one '04 Ford Explorer, hardly an exhaustive study. In any case, the results you present show that the whole vehicle never exceeds 20mpg; which means that the bad mileage of the vehicle in general would reduce the benefits of pure gas in efficiency and thus a reduction in CO2. This is what happens when you procure figures through "quick googling." I'm sure I could google up figures that correlate ice cream sales with the murder rates in Chicago. It doesn't make the point any more valid.
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