Skip to comments.Supreme Court Asked to Rule on EPA's Ethanol Mandate
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 EPAs 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 todays 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
Hell yeah. The New England states should secede from the tyrannical union!
This is a states rights issue!!
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
You mean the 10th? Fat chance of SCOTUS reanimating that corpse.
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.
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.
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.
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Unfortunately, Texas is pretty empty, especially in the DFW area :/
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.
Thus no need for ethanol.
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!
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.
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.
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.
The federal emission/mileage tests are run on E0.
Flush the entire EPA down the toilet while they are at it