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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 Noya on 3/29/2013 6:06:59 AM , Rating: 3

The question is what do you consider "pure" gasoline?

I do not promote forcing E15 into production, but to complain that you must have no ethanol, then what will we use for the anti-knock additive? Are we ready to go back to low compression engines just to stop using ethanol, or if we change what is added will it be even worse for the environment?

You're grossly misinformed on fuel.

Back in the day, on the West Coast we had 87, 89 and 91 octane. It's now watered down with ethanol (E10) that can really vary up to about 15%. At E15, it will no doubt vary up to 20%.

In EU, Au, Jp they have 95 (and even 98) octane available (using the same Ron/Mon formula) with no ethanol added.

This is basically an "invisible" tax on us as it lowers mileage and also increases the price of everything else that corn goes into (processed "food" and any low-to-mid grade dairy and meats). If they're still getting subsidies, it's basically like we're getting taxed three times more on E10/E15 fuel (lower MPG, subsidy, food prices) vs. undiluted fuel.

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