In an event convened by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), an unlikely coalition of voices came together to discuss the mass deforestation, volatile food prices and the dangerous, costly fuel being forced upon Americans by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
While you’re probably careful about what you put in your vehicle’s gas tank you’ll want to watch what you’re filling up leaf blowers and snow blowers with too. No matter which tool you’re powering up, be aware of more options at the gas station, as more ethanol gets pumped into the mix.
A Department of Energy study found that E15 caused hotter operating temperatures, erratic running, and engine-part failure. But even gas with the usual 10 percent ethanol (E10) could help destroy small engines.
Even E10 can have harmful effects on the small, non-road engines used in outdoor power equipment. Without ethanol in the fuel, gas to which you've added a stabilizer like Sta-Bil could sit in an engine for a month or two without harmful effects.
E15 only works in cars manufactured after 2001. It doesn't work in older cars, it doesn't work in boats and devices like chain saws, utility vehicles, and lawn mowers. In fact, it can destroy those things if you use it accidentally.