Skip to comments.U.S. EPA Issues Renewable Fuel Rules (For 2013 16.55 billion gallons required)
Posted on 08/06/2013 11:33:56 AM PDT by xzins
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued a final rule for the amount of renewable fuels to be added to the nations transportation fuel supply in 2013.
The most publicized issue related to renewable fuels has been the ethanol blend wall, the theoretical point at which ethanol use will be surpassed by the amount of ethanol required by law. As Americans drive less, demand for gasoline falls also reducing demand for ethanol. Because blenders are required either to use the mandated amount, regardless of demand, or pay for credits for the amount they dont use, the EPA has been granted authority by Congress to adjust the mandated levels if necessary.
The EPA ruled today that the mandated 16.55 billion gallons of renewable fuels will not be changed. The major change to the mandated levels came in the area of cellulosic ethanaol, where the 1 billion gallon statutory mandate was reduced to 6 million gallons, reflecting the reality of the situation with cellulosic ethanol production.
The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), which represents some of the countrys largest ethanol makers, applauded the decision. The American Petroleum Institute (API) has fought the renewable fuel standard (RFS) vigorously, saying that the RFS will raise gasoline prices by 30% and cost the U.S. $770 billion in GDP by 2015.
The RFA counts among its members leading biofuels producers like Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM), The Andersons Inc. (ANDE), and Pacific Ethanol Inc. (PEIX). Valero Energy Corp. (VLO), Kior Corp. (KIOR), and privately held POET Inc. are not on the RFAs membership roster.
To take some of the sting out of the blending requirements for 2013, the EPA is extending the compliance deadline for blenders until June 30th of next year.
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That's the money quote in there. This nonsense will raise fuel prices.
When will the states say NO!
Ethanol bad, Butanol good, bio-diesel better, market pricing best.
The EPA is an unconstitutional left wing political hack.
The hogtying of America’s free-market, Capitalist Republic continues. America will not survive another 3 years of 0bama. No way, no how. It’s on it’s last legs now, and won’t make it to 2016.
Good reason is that cellulose ethanol production is hardly above a demonstration level and nowhere near the 1 billion gallons. However the government continues subsidize this boondoggle.
My big fear is that the ethanol boondoggle and the EPA will mandate a 15% ethanol gasoline blend which they "claim" is safe to use in vehicles made since 2001. Check you owners manual folks using an ethanol blend above 10% voids your warranty. Using this crap will rot your fuel system and cause major damage to your engine.
EPA Fines Companies Because They Didnt Use A Fuel That Doesnt Exist
next Dear Leader will fine us for not fueling up our flying unicorns with Congressional pixie dust
I wish they would!
Sadly, however, farm-belt states (that grow a lot of corn) are represented by politicians who consider the requirement to use some ethanol a wonderful thing...
Yep. The 10% cost me 500 bucks to rebuild the carburetors on my outboard engine and 50 bucks to rebuild same on my gasoline generator.
Some are saying “use premium”, but that’s no help. It is 10% also.
Others are saying to use stabilizer. I’ll try it and see if it works.
The really bad thing about farmers is that they are getting farmers addicted to an income based on an irrational government policy.
It is bound to bite them at some point in the near future.
The EPA is a lackey for the oil cartel...among other things.
I own a 1973 Dodge M-300, 440 cu. It runs weaker with the ethanol, but I’m not having problems with the fuel system. My mechanic went through it in May, and it’s clean as a whistle. I use Chevron gas. It’s more expensive, but has a very good stabilizer blended in.
I hope the stabilizer works. I don’t like throwing money away on preventable things.
I hear it attacks the plastics used in the non-auto engines. That they’re not made to withstand alcohol.
Try “Startron” additive.
This is why I’ll be running on CNG by the end of the week.
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We better do something to take this country back from the control of the Leftists, and the Self serving Professional Political Profiteers, and damned soon.
This crap of being slaves to an elite clique sucks.
I used to have a station nearby that had ethanol free gas. Sadly they closed a while back. I always got gas for the lawn equipment there.
I hope your mechanic replaced all the rubber fuel line in that ‘73 Dodge with the newer Gates line that has the green stripe. The older type rubber fuel line will rot and leak, regardless of fuel additives.
You can buy ethanol free at your local airport.
(and it has some beneficial lead in it also!)
Have your hearing checked.
I’ll ask. Thanks for the suggestion.
However many older car engines have plastic and rubber components which can become brittle over the engine life. These components are susceptible to alcohol and can disintegrate when exposed to alcohol, causing leaks and blocking filters and fuel systems.
Also, years of accumulated dirt and sediment will have built up inside engine components, should this be washed off by the ethanol it will contaminate the engine oil and block filters eventually leading to engine seizure.http://www.brighthub.com/environment/renewable-energy/articles/76658.aspx
Ethanol is said to attack some rubber components such as fuel lines and seals and gaskets.
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There are huge variations in what cars can be modified to use ethanol due to the car manufacturer and year the car was made. If car was made after 1985, ethanol should not be as corrosive as for cars made before 1985.
Higher concentration (for example E85 or fuel with 85% ethanol) will have corrosive effect on rubber, plastic and/or aluminum parts that are not designed for it. Aluminium can be protected by anodizing it which will add protective layer to it.
Smaller concentration (E5 or E10) will not affect unprotected aluminum parts at all. They might still have negative impact on unprotected rubber parts (fuel lines, injector seals etc). Fuel tanks (or the lining within) might have problems withstanding the ethanol and should be replaced with suitable tank. http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Does_ethanol_have_a_negative_effect_on_rubber_fuel_lines_andor_carburetors
My apologies. I thought you were referring to newer non-automotive engines.
I have a couple of old chainsaw that are useless.
I was referring to engines in general. My Mercury outboard is only 3 years old and E10 gummed it up bad. My generator is older and E10 shut it down. My son’s husquevarna chainsaw (~5 years old) also had to have work. All blamed on ethanol.
Thanks for your experience. No place I know of to buy non-ethanol gasoline.
Regular Stabil is good for water absorption and will work as well as anything... and it is everywhere including Walmart.
Some of the stuff “designed for it” and meeting epa and LEAP guidelines is failing within two years... I have samples.
“...Good reason is that cellulose ethanol production is hardly above a demonstration level and nowhere near the 1 billion gallons. However the government continues subsidize this boondoggle....”
Boondoggle it is too.
I’ve worked in one of those places. IF getting a gallon of gasoline out of a barrel of crude oil is tough, try getting a gallon of ethanol out of several hundred pounds of cane waste is about 100 times tougher. Liberalism is a MENTAL DISEASE.
Certainly not in my life time.
A 3 year old engine and the manufacturer hadn’t engineered it for ethanol? Ethanol has been part of our fuel years longer than that.
I think your disgust is aimed the wrong direction.
Ethanol, good, bad, or indifferent, is what that engine was going to use, and for the engineers to pretend otherwise was immoral, unethical, and I’d say damn near criminal.
I’d raise holy hell with Mercury.
Hasn’t Texas been fighting the EPA?
I actually agree with you. And I probably will. Just got the boat back.
The problem is that most places that sell pure gasoline tend to be marinas or around bodies of water, so they have a measure of deniability. The problem is that they’re all about a 100 miles apart.
I’ll have to read the manual and see if they covered themselves with a warning about ethanol. If you’re a lawyer, do you think there’s a case?
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Most places I find near us are at a marina.
Go to www.pure-gas.org to see if there are any stations in your area that sell unadulterated gasoline.
I stopped using corn juice in my small engines after the same kind of costly repairs that you endured. Since I’ve been using pure gas, no problems.
“A 3 year old engine and the manufacturer hadnt engineered it for ethanol? Ethanol has been part of our fuel years longer than that.”
Corn juice works OK in fuel-injected engines because they are high-pressure systems. Carburetors have float bowls where some of the gas is “stored”. Most small engines and plenty of outboards still use carburetors. Corn juice will kill a carburetor within weeks even if the engine is used regularly.
The solution? Unadulterated real gasoline. Don’t use additives. They are expensive and in my experience all they do is delay the inevitable damage for a short time.
An even better solution? Get rid of ethanol and abolish the EPA.
When they are once again represented in the Senate.
That is exactly why weed eaters and small engines are constantly conking out. The ethanol burns them up.
My tin-foil say it is all a big conspiracy for us to have to buy new things and pay for unnecessary maintenance.
I have always contended there is a room full of actuaries that sit around and constantly calculate how much I make and how much they can raise prices and costs to where I have nothing after each pay day...!
Ethanol is good, just not in the tank of your car.
I’m not an attorney, couldn’t even play one on TV, but I’d start at the dealer. Small claims court may be a cheap, easy way to go.