3 Ways Ethanol Mandates are Ruining Fourth of July Fun

July 3, 2013

1. Grilling is getting more expensive. Hot dogs, burgers and chicken cost more than they did just a few years ago. Why? The U.S. is converting roughly 40 percent of its corn crop into ethanol fuel to meet Renewable Fuel Standard mandates, increasing corn demand — and prices — for the grain. Because corn is a key ingredient in both supermarket items and livestock feed, food prices have spiked nearly 18 percent since the policy was signed into law.

2. Ethanol blends — at any level — can damage your lawnmower, boat, motorcycle, ATV and other toys. And now EPA has increased the allowed volume of ethanol in gasoline by 50 percent by approving the sale of E15, a fuel that can damage even the most American automobiles. Really! Manufacturers of nine of the 10 vehicles on this list of Most American Cars have warned that using E15 may void your warranty, leaving you on the hook for costly repairs.

3. Your trip to the beach or cabin will cost you more time and more money. One gallon of ethanol contains one-third less energy than the same amount of gasoline. The higher the ethanol blend, the more pit stops you’ll need to make to fill up.