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Administration Ignores Risk to Consumers, Pushes More E15 into Fuel Supply

renewable fuel standard  consumers  ethanol  vehicle 

Jessica  Lutz

Jessica Lutz
Posted June 3, 2019

The administration’s decision to allow summer sales of E15 fuel – a blend containing 50 percent more ethanol than the E10 gasoline that’s widespread across the country – is a disappointing and ineffective approach to addressing concerns with the broken Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

EPA’s rulemaking that extends the RVP waiver, effectively lifting a ban on summertime E15 sales, only worsens risks for U.S. consumers – given repeated warnings that pushing more E15 into the fuel supply could harm the vast majority of vehicles on the road that aren’t designed to use it, as well as engines in motorcycles, boats and lawn equipment for which E15 is incompatible. All to help farmers struggling under the weight of the administration’s own harmful trade tariffs.

It may seem obvious, but apparently it needs stating: EPA should be most concerned about the interests of U.S. consumers as it forms policy, not cleaning up messes caused by the administration’s flawed trade policy.

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An E15 Warning for Consumers

coordinating research council  distribution  e10  e15  energy policy  environmental protection agency  epa  ethanol  fuel blends  gasoline  gasoline pumps  vehicle safety 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted January 7, 2011

Battle lines are being drawn over the labels that are supposed to be affixed to gasoline pumps dispensing E15. This fuel blend, which consists of 85 percent gasoline and 15 percent ethanol, has been authorized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use in 2007 and newer model vehicles despite the fact that it appears to be capable of harming some engines and dispensing equipment.

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Energy Tomorrow Radio: Episode - 122 A Milestone for ULSD Fuel

air quality  diesel  emissions  energy policy  environmental protection agency  fuel  gasoline  refinery  ulsd  vehicle  highway travel  oil industry tax rate  truck  ultra low sulfur diesel 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 23, 2010

In today's episode, I interview Patrick Kelly, API's policy advisor for downstream fuels issues, about the completion of the transition from low sulfur diesel to Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) fuel for highway travel.

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Energy Tomorrow Radio: Episode - 115 E15 and Your Car

coordinating research council  department of energy  domestic energy  e15  energy policy  environmental protection agency  epa  ethanol  gasoline  fuel blend  vehicle emissions 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 18, 2010

In today's episode, I interview Al Jessel, co-chair of the Coordinating Research Council (CRC) about a plan being considered by the EPA which would raise the amount of ethanol in gasoline from 10 percent to 15 or 20 percent. Use the audio player below to listen to information about the article and follow along with the show notes. I hope you find the podcast informative. 

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EPA's Car Rule Triggers New GHG Regulations

air quality  clean air act  energy policy  epa  epa regulations  greenhouse gas emissions  over regulation  dot  vehicle efficiency standards 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted April 1, 2010

Today the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) jointly issued the so-called "Car Rule." The rule orders vehicle manufacturers to raise efficiency standards to 34.1 miles per gallon for the combined industry-wide fleet for the 2016 model year.

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E15: Not Ready for Prime Time

e15  emissions  environmental protection agency  epa  ethanol  fuel blends  gasoline blends  vehicle emissions 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted March 16, 2010

If you fill up your own gasoline tank, you've probably seen the signs on gasoline pumps that read: "This product may contain up to 10 percent ethanol."

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