Friday, January 21, 2011

EPA likely to approve ethanol blend for older cars

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected today to approve a 15 percent blend for ethanol in gasoline for automobiles made between 2001 and 2006. The agency last fall approved the E15 blend for vehicles made in 2007 or later. Stephen Power of The Wall Street Journal reports the agency had been awaiting results of tests on older models before deciding if the higher blend was appropriate for them.

"The cause of boosting ethanol use in cars has been strongly championed by Growth Energy, an ethanol trade group led by Wesley Clark, the retired Army general and 2004 Democratic presidential candidate," Power writes. Growth Energy said without the increase the country will not be able to meet the congressional mandate requiring 36 billion gallons of renewable fuel to be blended into domestic fuel by 2022. Philip Brasher of the Des Moines Register reports  the impact of the decision "still is likely to be modest in the short term because few gasoline retailers have the pump and storage tank configurations to accommodate another fuel blend." (Read more)

1 comment:

Pet Cage Guy said...

Ethanol is a joke but, then again, so is the EPA, oil companies, and car manufacturers with their ever decreasing fuel efficiency. The entire broad subject is a tragedy that Americans refuse to believe.