RVP Waivers: Bad for Consumers/Bad for our Country

August 2, 2018

By now, you know about the failures of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Ethanol mandates were supposed to make the United States more energy independent, help our environment and bring an economic boom for farmers. Instead, they’ve done the exact opposite.

And now, to buoy the RFS, Big Ethanol bullies are pushing for a policy that would waive Clean Air Act Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) rules for E15 fuel—gasoline blended to contain 15% ethanol—allowing it to be sold year-round.

The “policy” being proposed may create a new swell of issues from the RFS that work against consumers’ best interests:

  1. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hasn’t sufficiently addressed the real and serious concerns of consumer misfueling and engine damage threats related to expanding the share of E15 in the marketplace. This includes risks of possible metal corrosion, rubber swelling and even full engine break-downs.
  2. The summer recreation season is when the greatest number of boats, outdoor power equipment, motorcycles and ATVs are in use—none of those smaller engines can use E15 fuel.
  3. Taxpayers will foot much of the bill for infrastructure upgrades required by fuel retailers to distribute new E15 fuel.
  4. E15 offers less “go” per gallon, forcing consumers to make more trips to the gas station. One gallon of ethanol yields 33% less energy than 1 gallon of gasoline.
  5. An E15 RVP waiver has nothing to do with consumer demand or consumer choice. It advances a long-standing tradition of legislators trying to dodge real solutions (actual RFS reform) with patchwork fixes.

It’s important that our legislators understand the impact an RVP wavier could have on consumers. Take a stand against the broken RFS and its RVP waiver lifeline by educating your Congressmembers today. We made it easy for you to communicate with them – fill out the form below.