Government Delays Decision on Ethanol Content

The Environmental Protection Agency was scheduled to make a ruling today on whether it would allow an increase of ethanol content in gasoline. The delay is due to the EPA needing more time to study the effects higher ethanol content has on engine components.

"We are confident the ongoing tests will further confirm the data we submitted in the Growth Energy Green Jobs Waiver and silence those critics," said Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy. The increased ethanol content would allow "more American-produced energy to enter the market."

The current ratio for standard gasoline is a 90, 10 mix of gasoline and ethanol. The proposed change would increase the ethanol content to 15 percent. The EPA is receiving pressure from U.S. farmers to increase the amount of ethanol permitted in gasoline. Ethanol can be made from corn.

The proposed E15 (15-percent ethanol) mix "will likely be able to accommodate" vehicles made after 2001. The question then remains whether cars older than 2001 models will be compatible with the new mix. Ethanol, known for its corrosive properties, may harm fuel system delivery components of vehicles not designed to accommodate different blends.

The EPA will do further testing and expects to make a decision by June of next year.

Source: Reuters

And another thing it gets less fuel mileage then standard gas powered cars, so the only good thing about Ethanol is it helps the American Farmers, and it gets us of foreign oil, well hey government I've got a better alternative, It's called Bio Diesel! It gets better fuel mileage then gas powered vehicles, it's superior to Gas engines in every way except for affordability, and you'd still be helpin the farmers, and gettin us off foreign oil!
Even early E85 engines were junk. Anyone who knows anything about engines knows ethanol is not only inefficient, but destroys engines. They should not mandate this.

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