Human Events: With E15, the Ethanol Industry Wins, but American Consumers Lose

September 18, 2012

Technology has advanced over the years to provide consumers today with high-tech automobiles that run smoothly, efficiently and are easy to maintain. Americans feel confident when they pull into a gas station that the fuel they’re putting into their cars, and using in their outdoor power equipment, is safe and reliable. But, this is about to change, if the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has its way.

In a move likely to take that confidence away from the American consumer, EPA decided to allow the use of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol (E15) for model year motor vehicles 2001 and newer, a 50 percent increase from the current limit of 10 percent ethanol (E10). In its rush to force E15 on the market, the EPA neglected to conduct basic testing necessary to ensure the safety of American consumers. Rather, it placed political science and largesse for the ethanol industry ahead of real science and consumer welfare.

Furthermore, under the Renewable Fuels Standard, or RFS, refiners will likely be mandated to blend increasing amounts of biofuels, of which primarily ethanol is a significant portion of the mandate, into the fuel supply, eventually reaching 36 billion gallons by 2022.