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E15 is a symptom of a broken Renewable Fuel Standard

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Sabrina Fang

Sabrina Fang
Posted June 7, 2018

Recognizing the harm E15 can impose on consumers, Senator Tom Udall and Rep. Peter Welch issued a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt reiterating of the EPA’s lack of legal authority to allow the sale of E15 gasoline without the necessary legislation:

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EPA Sidesteps RFS Problems in its 2018 Volumes

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 30, 2017

EPA is out with ethanol use requirements for 2018 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), and the big takeaway is that a broken program remains in place – its original purpose superseded by surging domestic oil production and U.S. consumers still at risk. 

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U.S. Energy Renaissance, RFS and Needed Reform

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 1, 2017

With EPA receiving public input this week on its proposed ethanol-use volumes for 2018, it’s important to see that America’s energy renaissance in natural gas and oil production is the biggest reason for the progress the U.S. has made toward those RFS objectives. 

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Flawed RFS Needs Solutions, Not Distractions

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Sabrina Fang

Sabrina Fang
Posted June 13, 2017

This week members of the U.S. Senate will consider legislation that would serve to expand the presence of E15 fuel in the marketplace. Unfortunately, the bill is a distraction from fundamental problems with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which is forcing more and more ethanol into the nation’s fuel supply. Research has shown higher ethanol blends, such as E15, could damage vehicle engines and fuel pump systems, socking consumers with the repair bills. The RFS needs to be repealed or significantly reformed, to protect U.S. consumers. As EPA prepares to announce ethanol mandates for 2018 under the RFS, API Downstream Group Director Frank Macchiarola briefed reporters on the flawed program.

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Poll: Potential RFS Impacts Concern U.S. Voters

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Sabrina Fang

Sabrina Fang
Posted April 7, 2017

A new national API poll shows that American voters have serious concerns about the Renewable Fuel Standard and its mandates for ever-increasing levels of ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply. Key findings from the survey of 1,000 registered voters include 74 percent agreeing that federal regulations could contribute to increased costs for gasoline to consumers and 68 percent who're concerned about government regulations that would increase the amount of ethanol in gasoline.

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Consumer Interests Paramount in Pending Fuels Policy

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 18, 2016

The Renewable Fuel Standard, created a decade ago to strengthen U.S. energy security and benefit American consumers, is doing neither. The RFS is broken and should be repealed or significantly reformed – with the interests of consumers the top priority. That’s the message API Downstream Group Director Frank Macchiarola delivered during a conversation with a group of energy reporters this week.

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Bringing Consumer Focus to RFS Debate

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Sabrina Fang

Sabrina Fang
Posted August 9, 2016

Thanks to an energy renaissance here in the United States, Americans driving to their summer destinations have been enjoying low prices at the pump. To keep this progress going, we need to end harmful policies that could raise the cost of energy and negatively impact millions of vehicles on the road.

As the EPA works to finalize its 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard volumes, API is launching a new multi-faceted advocacy campaign that will include TV and online advertising. Our campaign will focus on how higher ethanol mandates can hurt consumers, potentially raise costs and possibly void automobile warranties.

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The RFS and Real Consumer Choice

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted June 10, 2016

We often hear proponents of the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) argue that mandating increasing use of ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply is about consumer choice. This view is reflected in some of the news coverage of this week’s RFS public hearing in Kansas City.

Yet, when you look at the marketplace and the fuels consumers actually want, the RFS represents restricting choice, not expanding it.

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Good Fuels Story, Not-So-Good RFS Reality

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 27, 2016

When you head out for your Memorial Day drive, consider the current price of gasoline – the U.S. average retail price of $2.30 a gallon, which the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) says is 47 cents lower than at the same time last year and the lowest average price just before a Memorial Day weekend since 2009. 

Now, let’s all thank the U.S. energy revolution, which is playing a big role in consumer benefits, like those seen at the pump. EIA notes that lower gasoline prices reflect lower crude oil prices. And the global crude market wouldn’t be where it is without higher U.S. crude production. 

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RFS Proposal Doesn’t Protect Consumers Enough

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 18, 2016

One unsettling aspect of the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is that for some time it has appeared – from public statements anyway – that EPA considers the program an ongoing experiment, testing the ability of government policy to change or modify the behavior of free markets and the fueling choices of individual consumers, with consumers as the guinea pigs.

The results were logged in long ago: Flaws in the RFS and EPA’s management of the program mark it for repeal or significant reform. RFS mandates for increasing ethanol use in the nation’s fuel supply threaten breaching the ethanol “blend wall,” risking impacts to the broader economy and consumers’ wallets.

Just as unfortunate is EPA’s apparent lack of concern for U.S. consumers –reflected in the agency’s proposals for 2017 volume levels, which will test the blend wall, the point where required use of ethanol in the fuel supply exceeds the safe level of 10 percent.


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