EPA May Greenlight E15 Biofuel, Create Confusion

Welcome to Government World, the wackiest place around! New study green lights EPA to OK 15 percent ethanol blend for older cars

With the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the turmoil in the Middle East, the continuing concern with greenhouse gases and the need to generate jobs in cutting-edge industries, President Obama has called for a “national mission” to end America’s addiction to imported oil.

So he’s going to allow us to drill for our own oil? Er, no

This month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to announce a crucial decision about the future of the only fuel currently available to replace and reduce oil imports: American ethanol.

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Sadly, this article by The Hill reads more like a White House press release. Seriously, ethanol, which is underpowered, causes food prices to rise, needs massive amounts of water and land to make, and, while it burns more cleanly, it actually is not climate change friendly (I’m referring to corn based, not sugar based) is the only choice?

After almost a year of delay, the EPA will finally release a ruling on whether to increase the ethanol content allowed in gasoline blends from 10 percent (E10) to 15 percent (E15). Unfortunately, EPA has hinted it will limit the use of E15 to newer vehicles – those made more recently than 2001 or perhaps even 2007.

How are they going to limit the use? Will there be an EPA weenie at each gas station? What about stations that are fully self service? Maybe have an Organizing For America Obamanut standing around?

Such a decision would have the effect of eliminating much of the market for this clean-burning, American-made biofuel, while creating confusion among consumers and gasoline retailers alike.

Would service stations be required to have separate pumps for newer and older cars? Would motorists be required to memorize the latest EPA policies, and would teenagers have to remember the model years of their parents’ cars just to fuel their vehicles?

Personally, I tend to avoid stations that use E10, when I can. I find that I just do not get the mileage that I should. But, hey, maybe the EPA will make their policies part of the drivers license test, or, better yet, part of the yearly vehicle registration process. Oh, I know: we could be forced to have the policies stitched to our vehicle visors!

Of course, they aren’t doing this for energy independence, but for global warming climate change global climate disruption.

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