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Supreme Court Asked to Rule on EPA's Ethanol Mandate
Daily Tech ^ | March 27, 2013 9:05 AM | Shane McGlaun (Blog)

Posted on 03/27/2013 2:17:58 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

Industry associations lost their last appeal

The Obama administration has been pushing to reduce the amount of oil that we consume within the United States. This has resulted in a big push to increase the use of alternative fuels and rules forcing automakers to become more fuel-efficient. The alternative fuel push lead to the EPA’s decision to approve a gasoline blend that uses more ethanol for 2001 model year vehicles and newer.

However, many automotive manufacturer associations continue to assert that increasing the percentage of ethanol in fuel could harm some vehicles. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the Association of Global Automakers, the Outdoor Equipment Institute, and the National Marine Manufacturers Association jointly filed a petition this week seeking the Supreme Court to overturn EPA's plans.
 
These associations all lost a previous appeal when the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that none of those trade associations or parties had the legal standing to challenge the EPA's approval of E15 fuel.

These groups are hoping that the Supreme Court might overturn the lower court's ruling.

"It is not in the longer-term interest of consumers, the government, and all parties involved to discover, after the fact, that equipment or performance problems are occurring because a new fuel was rushed into the national marketplace,” said the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.

The EPA first cleared the way to bring E15 fuel to gas stations around the country in June of 2012. Current gasoline blends available at stations around the country can have up to 10% ethanol.

"Today, the last significant federal hurdle has been cleared to allow consumers to buy fuel containing up to 15 percent ethanol (E15)," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in June of 2012. "This gets us one step closer to giving the American consumer a real choice at the pump. The public has a right to choose between imported oil and home-grown energy and today’s action by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advances that goal."

Some states are also up in arms over the increased ethanol proposal. The state of Maine has pledged to ban the sale of E15 fuel within the state if at least two other New England states agree to ban the fuel as well.

Source: Detroit News


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: e15fuel; energy; ethanol; greenenergy; scotus; scotusethanol
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1 posted on 03/27/2013 2:17:58 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Hell yeah. The New England states should secede from the tyrannical union!


2 posted on 03/27/2013 2:23:49 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

This is a states rights issue!!


3 posted on 03/27/2013 2:24:43 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I wish Texas would / could just ban the whole idea of Ethanol in our fuel ... I am so tired of maybe my lawnmower will start or maybe I need another carb ... same with chainsaw, same with weedeater etc etc etc

TT


4 posted on 03/27/2013 2:26:06 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (Idiocracy used to just be a Movie... Live every day as your last...one day you will be right)
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To: Jim Robinson

You mean the 10th? Fat chance of SCOTUS reanimating that corpse.


5 posted on 03/27/2013 2:26:33 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Using food for fuel is not only inefficient but immoral. There are many other substances that can produce ethanol but hey, the grain belt farmers won’t be able to get farm subsities for it.


6 posted on 03/27/2013 2:26:49 PM PDT by NotTallTex
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Obama certainly is not pushing for fuel economy when he pushes for Ethanol.
Ethanol cuts fuel mileage.

It destroys rubber it will eat a carbureter, and anything made of aluminum.


7 posted on 03/27/2013 2:28:17 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The little-known “Renewable Identification Numbers” (RIN) of the 2007 Renewable Fuels Standard are a scam market, traded kind of like the carbon credits scam.


8 posted on 03/27/2013 2:30:30 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; Lurking Libertarian; JDW11235; Clairity; TheOldLady; Spacetrucker; ...

FReepmail me to subscribe to or unsubscribe from the SCOTUS ping list.

9 posted on 03/27/2013 2:46:33 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: TexasTransplant

http://pure-gas.org/

Unfortunately, Texas is pretty empty, especially in the DFW area :/


10 posted on 03/27/2013 2:52:39 PM PDT by Svartalfiar
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Junior Johnson (of NACAR) once said there are only two good uses for corn; eating and making whiskey. That was before NACAR went to flex fuels. Bet Junior is not a happy camper because the price of corn and whiskey is on the rise. I’ll ride with Junior.


11 posted on 03/27/2013 2:53:51 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: no-to-illegals
related thread:

Enivronmentalists worst nightmare? GMO’d ‘frankenbugs’ could make fuel directly from CO2

Thus no need for ethanol.

12 posted on 03/27/2013 2:58:46 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Ethanol is another feel-good energy fraud.

Pollutant’s per mile are equal and engine wear is worse, with ethanol.

Production Cost is higher and it is truly, non-value added.

It’s another vote buying scheme, pushed by Ag State pols from both sides.

Corn is food!
Quit the scam!


13 posted on 03/27/2013 3:00:25 PM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: Svartalfiar

Very empty around these parts. It’s hard to rationalize driving to buy 16 gallons of gas while burning 4 gallons to make the trip.


14 posted on 03/27/2013 3:03:52 PM PDT by ken in texas (I was taught to respect my elders but it keeps getting harder to find any.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Has been a nightmare for consumers. Junior, I think, may have said something else about ethanol. Not certain and may have to retract this but there was something about sugar and sugar added to an engine is not good.


15 posted on 03/27/2013 3:05:52 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: no-to-illegals

I’ve always wondered whether the ethanol mandate and the CAFE standards conflicted—when you use that ethanol gas it burns cleaner, but you burn more of it, and it would cause your vehicle to get less mileage than the CAFE standards mandate.


16 posted on 03/27/2013 3:29:10 PM PDT by Der_Hirnfšnger
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To: Der_Hirnfänger

The federal emission/mileage tests are run on E0.


17 posted on 03/27/2013 3:30:01 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Flush the entire EPA down the toilet while they are at it


18 posted on 03/27/2013 3:31:40 PM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thingGive them --- Joe Pine)
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To: Der_Hirnfänger
Good point about less mileage. I'm not certain about sugar content. Is there sugar content in ethanol?
19 posted on 03/27/2013 3:32:17 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: nascarnation
Thanks for clarification. Any idea about sugar content?
20 posted on 03/27/2013 3:33:25 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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