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.
Once again, despite the facts, the Wall Street Journal, sides with Big Oil and its monopoly against ethanol, Big Oil’s direct competitor. This time the issue is about the purchase of special credits called RIN’s and Big Oil’s latest scapegoat for higher gasoline prices.
Oil companies have suggested the recent increase in RIN prices is due to the arrival of the E10 “Blend Wall” and the supposed inability of obligated parties to meet RFS obligations. The truth is, the E10 “Blend Wall” was erected by the oil companies themselves. Here are the facts.
API’s study claims to prove that 15 percent ethanol blends (E15) will damage your automobile’s engine. The only thing one can glean about E15 from the API study is if you test E15 in a vehicle that has been recalled then you just might have some problems.
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