The American Petroleum Institute said forcing higher ethanol fuel blends into the marketplace could have negative consequences for the American consumer.
“We are concerned about news reports suggesting administrative attempts to grant an E-15 summertime waiver,” said API Downstream Group Director Frank Macchiarola. “Forcing higher ethanol fuel blends into the marketplace could have negative consequences for U.S. consumers.”
“EPA has previously stated that it does not have the legal authority to grant the E-15 waiver, and we agree with that assessment. The industry plans to consider all options to prevent such a waiver. The RFS is broken and we continue to believe the best solution is comprehensive legislation. API urges Congress to take action to address this important issue.”
Testing by the auto and oil industries found that higher ethanol blends, such as E-15, can harm engines and fuel systems and – potentially force drivers to pay for unexpected and costly repairs themselves. Nearly three out of four vehicles in the U.S. fleet were not built for E-15 and this fuel is not compatible with motorcycles, boats, lawn equipment, and ATVs. And many automakers say that using E-15 could potentially void new car warranties.