RFA analysis of EIA data finds the oil industry's conclusions about gasoline consumption and ethanol blending to be dubious at best. Big Oil's arguments rely on typical data gimmicks and slight-of-hand.
Many retail stations offer premium fuel, but should they? The fact that there are four times as many vehicles fully warranted for the use of E15 than those requiring premium gas today should be a compelling consideration for retailers thinking about switching to E15 and E85.
More than two-thirds of consumers put cost as their top priority when filling up at the pump, which provides low-cost ethanol an excellent opportunity. If retailers would consider adopting higher blends, their opportunities for more customers immediately climb.
Smarter Fuel Future continues to confuse and mislead consumers about E15. The fact is, nearly 70% of new MY2015 vehicles are clearly approved by the manufacturer for the use of the fuel. Consumers who wish to fill up on E15 should examine their owner’s manual and ignore the lies and blatant misdirection coming from Smarter Fuel Future.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has carefully completed reviewing 43 studies on the effects of E15 on engine durability, emissions, and other factors and issued a report finding that the available literature “…did not show meaningful differences between E15 and E10 in any performance category.”
In a letter to the editor, Bob Dinneen states that the RFS gives consumers choice at the pump. It’s time, he says, for people to stop attacking the most effective energy policy our nation has ever seen.
Need proof that the RFS is the single most effective energy policy this country has ever seen? Bob Dinneen submits the following reasons to the editor of the Marietta Daily Journal.
RFA's Robert White has been riding motorcycles on ethanol-blended fuel for 23 years now without an issue. E10 has become the standard fuel for most Americans. The debate used to be that E10 was not acceptable for motorcycles, but that changed in the past couple of years with the idea of E15. No motorcycles are approved to use E15, yet AMA has made it a top priority to stop. Their pitch to Congress is to stop E15 until testing can be done. White says how about we just follow the label and not use it.
Phillips 66 CEO Greg Garland said the RFS was “unworkable”. Bob Dinneen says that’s just silly talk. The RFS is a proven success having stimulated investment, created jobs, and significantly lowered our dependence on foreign oil.
Oil companies have suggested that increased prices for conventional ethanol RINs (Renewable Identification Numbers) are leading to higher gasoline prices at the pump. Some have even deceptively claimed RINs are adding as much as $0.10 per gallon to the retail price of gasoline. This assertion is completely absurd and is easily disproven with a series of very simple calculations. Truth be told, ethanol continues to sell at a discount to gasoline and continues to offer savings at the pump, even when the impact of higher RIN prices is considered.