EPA should dump E15, ethanol mandate

One of the worst decisions made by departing EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson was to approve the use of E15, a caustic fuel that can destroy automobile engines and fuel systems.

According to the American Automobile Association, the damage from E15, a blend consisting of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline, could result in costly repairs for unsuspecting consumers. Automakers have said they may void warranties for anyone using E15, providing no protection for motorists.

The problem affects millions of car owners, and current developments are making it, if anything, more urgent to remove E15. There are 3,000 E15 stations in the United States, the majority in the Midwest. Most cars were never designed for E15. Only about 5 percent, or 12 million of the more than 240 million light-duty vehicles on U.S. roads are approved by manufacturers to use the fuel. These vehicles are mainly flex-fuel models.

Now that Lisa Jackson is leaving the EPA, her successor should suspend the sale of E15 until consumers are better informed and protected at the pump. But there is a larger issue at hand that Congress needs to address.

Read more at The Billings Gazette. By David L. Tyler.

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