Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Unelected EPA mandates E15 which causes engine damage in older cars

Does your car take Flexfuel?
If not, look out for the new E15 coming soon to the pumps near you...
My car is not so happy with the current E10 -- I'm getting 5mpg less since they put that mandate in effect.


The EPA is also preparing signage and information campaigns to warn owners of older vehicles about E15.  On March 2, the EPA released an "E15 Misfueling Mitigation Plan" with directions for "Labeling," "Product Transfer Documentation (PTD)," an Educational Outreach Coalition (E15EOC), and instructions for a "survey plan," in which "samples will be calculated as follows":

I hope that's clear to everyone.

I can't imagine that local gas station owners are excited by the prospect of investing in renovating their pumps to accommodate a fuel that provides fewer miles per gallon and might cause engine damage.  Not to worry, however.  Oil and Gas Journal writes:

To enable its widespread use, it said the Obama administration has set a goal to help fueling station owners install 10,000 blender pumps over the next 5 years. In addition, both through the Recovery Act and the 2008 Farm Bill, the US Departments of Energy and Agriculture have provided grants, loans, and loan guarantees, it said.

None of these funds doled out from Obama's stash had to go through an appropriations process governed by a "democratically elected Congress."  Unelected EPA officials make decisions and the money is already available.

Ethanol is currently cheaper than gasoline, but this will surely change if the federal government gets out of the business of rewarding ethanol producers and hamstringing gasoline producers.  If ethanol can be sold for a profit without government mandates, it might play a role in our energy future.  Brazilian sugarcane seems like a more promising feedstock than American corn, but the market can make this decision.

In the meantime, let's hope that President Romney has the wisdom to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard.


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