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.

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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5 Responses to “EPA May Greenlight E15 Biofuel, Create Confusion”

  1. gitarcarver says:

    Sadly, this article by The Hill reads more like a White House press release.

    Did you miss who the author is?

    “Bob Dinneen is president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, the national trade association for the U.S. ethanol industry.”

  2. john says:

    Teach do you think that we should try to leave some of OUR oil in the ground for the use of America in the future ? Or just suck it all out now and let future generations do without?

    • Actually, I think we should suck it out, while actually moving towards the use of alternative energy sources. Let’s ramp up nuclear. Natural gas. I’d like to see wind and solar moving more towards small, efficient sources for use on individual homes rather than huge projects. Whatever entity comes up with inexpensive, easy to mount, easy to maintain, and very efficient solar panels, for homes is going to be an instant billionaire. It would make it easier to have batteries, too, for small projects. And less land clear cut.

      I like alternative energy, John. I like cleaner energy. I’m not a big fan of coal, and I have my doubts about “clean coal.” Let’s look at hydrothermal. Dams. Let’s increase efficiency. I live right off the Neuse River. How cool would it be if there was a small damn that could provide all, or the majority, of power to my community?

      Am I a fan of gas? Not really. It is dirty, and I’m not talking about CO2. Electric cars are great. Let’s have more. Just not for climate alarmism.

      It would be better to use what the USA has for oil rather than be beholden to countries like Saudi Arabia, among others, wouldn’t it?

  3. Otter says:

    You mean the 500-year supply of oil that exists across much of the NA continent, ‘lil LIAR?

  4. captainfish says:

    HOLY HELL ON EARTH!?!?!?!
    WHAT THE HELL IS THAT?!!?!?

    We will mandate that only E15 will be used on newer vehicles to help limit its use?!!?!?

    If it is so great, why limit its use? If it is going to save the world, nevermind the starvation and high food prices, then shouldn’t we be forcing this to be used from day one by everyone?

    OH MY GAWD!!! I almost blew my brains out at the sheer IDIOCY that these people have!!!

    McD’s commercial: “Hello everyone. We have decided to make our chocolate shakes better by added 5% more water. This will help fight obesity and diabetes for generations to come. This is a sound financial decision that could also cause the water bill to increase. But to counter that, we will only roll out these new shake formulations to those people who are obese.

    We know this shake will meet with resounding approval and success, and that is why it will only be sold in 5 cities and only to the obese. Our drive-thru order technicians will be specially trained by the new Federal Food Czar on how to identify, process and deliver the new eco-friendly shake to those members of our community who need it the most.

    Thank you for shopping at McDs.

    BLAM!!!! …. (thump)

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