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The Growing Case Against E15 and the Renewable Fuel Standard

consumers  e15  epa  ethanol  renewable fuel standard 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 29, 2013

There’s new research showing E15 (15 percent ethanol) fuel could damage vehicles, potentially stranding motorists and/or saddling them with expensive repair bills – one of a number of reasons the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) should be scrapped. Following on a report last spring that said E15 could damage engines and cars and trucks, the Coordinating Research Council (CRC) has a new study that found E15 can mess up fuel pump systems and fuel measurement systems, potentially affecting “millions and millions” of vehicles, Bob Greco, API downstream and industry operations director, said in a conference call with reporters.

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The AAA-RFA Kerfuffle Over E15

ethanol in gasoline  e15  consumers 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted December 5, 2012

Last week’s call by AAA for a halt in the sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol – because E15 could damage vehicle engines and void car manufacturers’ warranties – triggered the kind of response you’d expect from the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol’s biggest supporter.

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AAA: Not So Fast on E15

ethanol  energy policy  e15  consumers  regulation  renewable fuel standard  rfs34 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 30, 2012

AAA says the EPA and retailers should stop the sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol, known as E15, because it could damage vehicle engines and void car manufacturers’ warranties.

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Energy Dominance’s Tariffs Pothole

trade  infrastructure  pipelines  consumers 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 1, 1

Tariffs and quotas on imported steel imposed by the Trump administration are self-inflicted potholes on the path to the administration’s goal of U.S. “energy dominance.”

They’re bad for American energy, which uses steel throughout its operations and delivery networks. They’re bad for American manufacturing, they’re bad for American consumers, and they’re bad for America.


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New York's Climate Countermarch

new york  natural gas  consumers  infrastructure 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 1, 1

More from New York, where in the name of environmental progress Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s anti-natural gas policies actually are counterproductive to that progress. Recently, New York State Public Service Commission member Diane X. Burman pointed out that by limiting natural gas – blocking pipelines and other infrastructure – the governor could wind up promoting fuels that lack clean natural gas’ environmental benefits. …

Alan Armstrong, Williams Co. CEO, says the $1 billion Northeast Supply Enhancement project actually aligns with Gov. Cuomo’s efforts to reduce emissions while growing New York’s economy. Indeed, increased use of natural gas across the U.S. is the chief reason energy-related carbon dioxide emissions are at their lowest levels in a generation. Fuel switching from coal to natural gas has helped improve air quality as well.


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