With gas prices continuing to rise and consumers keeping their cars, boats and equipment longer, many are starting to take greater interest in the debate over ethanol-blended fuel and how it’s affecting their engines and wallets.
Who’s paying the costs of the federal ethanol mandate? Every family who shops in a grocery store or dines at a restaurant, every livestock producer who faces higher feed costs, and every motorist who fills up their tank at the gas station pays the price of this unworkable policy.
Gasoline blends containing more than 10 percent ethanol can cause engine damage in boats, cars and smaller engines including chainsaws, lawnmowers, and snowmobiles. As a result, vehicle manufacturers have warned that the use of E15 will void warranties.
As prices at the pump climbed over the previous decade, biofuel proponents lobbied to replace oil with home-grown biofuels. Some major environmental organizations — enthralled by the prospect of growing energy instead of drilling for it — threw their weight behind the effort.
Oil companies are desperate to prevent the use of higher blends of renewable fuels (and) have erected every regulatory and legal roadblock imaginable to prevent our nation from reducing our dependence on oil.
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is preparing to debate the gasoline blends made up of more than 10 percent ethanol. The state agency is at work on a bill that would ban such gasoline blends in Maine if at least two other New England states go along with the prohibition.
The AAA says the Environmental Protection Agency and gasoline retailers should halt the sale of E15, a new ethanol blend that could damage millions of vehicles and void car warranties.
The Auto Alliance, a trade association that represents 11 major automakers, raised concerns last May about potential engine failures. "Automakers did not build these vehicles to handle the more corrosive E15 fuel," Alliance President Mitch Bainwol said in a statement.