Edmunds.com Asks EPA to Prioritize Consumers in Discussions of Ethanol
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- September 28, 2010 -- Do you want to use more ethanol as fuel for your car?' Edmunds.com, the premier online resource for automotive information, today sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson encouraging her to allow consumers to have a choice whether to use gasoline with a higher blend of ethanol.
The ethanol industry has requested the ability to dilute U.S. gasoline with as much as 15% ethanol, up 50% from the current maximum. The EPA is considering whether to make "E15" the new national standard and is expected to issue a ruling shortly.
"We recognize that ethanol has its benefits, most notably that it is a domestically produced renewable fuel that can help bolster national energy security and reduce our $500-billion-a-year dependence on imported oil," wrote Edmunds.com CEO Jeremy Anwyl in a letter to EPA Administrator Jackson. "However, a great debate exists regarding the impact of an E15 blend on many of the engines that would use it, and we find it surprising that the EPA is proposing to act months in advance of the scheduled completion of tests by your own researchers as well as by the Department of Energy. Without this information, the issue of E15's impact can be debated but not resolved, and it is unfair to ask consumers to become the guinea pigs."
In addition he stated, "With E15, consumers may also suffer a financial burden because ethanol is less efficient than gasoline. It takes more ethanol to go the same distance as regular gasoline, and so consumers may have to buy more fuel if the ethanol concentration is increased."
Edmunds.com's strong recommendation is that the EPA wait to make a final decision until all the test information is available next year. However, if a ruling must be issued now, then E15 ethanol should be permitted -- but as an additional grade of motor vehicle fuel available as an option along with the present formulations, rather than as their replacement.
The complete letter can be found at http://justtoclarify.typepad.com/my-blog/2010/09/epa-and-e85.html. More information on ethanol can be found at GreenCarAdvisor.com at http://blogs.edmunds.com/greencaradvisor/FuelsTechnologies/Ethanol/.
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