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 The RFS needs to be repealed or significantly reformed, to protect U.S. consumers.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:
“You can mandate anything you want … but that doesn’t change the underlying problems with the RFS. … Fuel needs to be ready for prime time – not just for the retailer, but for the consumer. … We need to make sure before we put fuel into the marketplace that it’s ready for prime time. …. E15 just doesn’t meet the mark on those questions.”
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