API, Consumer Groups call on EPA to Reconsider Anti-Consumer RFS Deal
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WASHINGTON, April 25, 2019 – Today, the American Petroleum Institute (API), the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) joined together on a press call to express strong opposition to EPA’s proposal to allow year-round sale of higher ethanol blended E15 gasoline and Renewable Identification Number (RIN) market reforms.
“EPA’s decision to expand the sale of E15 gasoline to the summer months makes no sense,” said API Vice President of Downstream and Industry Operations Frank Macchiarola. “It is clearly contrary to the law and it reverses nearly 30 years of statutory interpretation from the agency. Studies have shown that E15 gasoline can damage vehicle engines and fuel systems – potentially leaving Americans with expensive car repair bills as a result of bad policy from Washington. In fact, nearly three out of four vehicles on the road today were not designed for E15.
“To make matters worse, the agency’s proposed changes to the RINs market could increase costs for fuel producers and lead to higher prices for consumers. Additionally, fuel producers who have complied with the law and have already made capital investments and business decisions based on the existing RFS and RINs program will be faced with uncertainty and a moving goal post.”
“We are not fighting against year-round E15 sales just for fun – we oppose EPA’s reckless proposal because it will increase the availability of a fuel that destroys marine engines and jeopardizes the safety of boaters,” said NMMA Senior Vice President of Government and Legal Affairs Nicole Vasilaros. “With more than three in five Americans mistakenly assuming that any gas sold at gas stations is safe for all of their products, it is clear that the federal government has shirked its responsibility to effectively protect consumers from a fuel deemed so dangerous that its federally prohibited from being used in countless consumer products. And the last thing the government should do is pump more E15 into the fuel supply. Instead of jamming through a policy that almost nobody likes, EPA should focus on preventing consumers from misfuelling – including better labeling and stronger safeguards at the pump.”
“None of the estimated 22 million motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles in use in the United States are approved by the EPA to operate on ethanol blends higher than 10 percent. Using higher-ethanol blends in those vehicles is illegal and may cause engine and fuel system damage and void the manufacturer’s warranty,” said AMA Vice President of Government Affairs Wayne Allard. “In addition, the AMA is concerned that expanding the sale of E15 fuel will significantly decrease the availability of safe fuels to consumers.”
API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the natural gas and oil industry, which supports 10.3 million U.S. jobs and nearly 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 600 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 47 million Americans. API was formed in 1919 as a standards-setting organization. In its first 100 years, API has developed more than 700 standards to enhance operational and environmental safety, efficiency and sustainability.