EPA wants to dilute fuel with ethanol fuel

EPA wants dilute fuel ethanol fuel

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Ethanol fuel: When corn rules the road

Washington overflows with bad ideas. The Environmental Protection Agency’s ethanol mandate for truck and automobile fuel is a big one. Rather than think again unworkable rules, the EPA doubles down, or in this case doubles up, raising the bar for compliance ever higher. If cars would run best on ethanol, the federal government wouldn’t have to force it on the American motorist.

EPA regulators announced last week that it will require the nation’s oil refineries to add 18.8 billion gallons of ethanol, extracted from corn and other vegetables, to gasoline in 2017. This is a 3.8 percent increase over this year’s mandate and still well below the target of 24 billion gallons. The refineries can’t add that much without breaking a cap of 10 percent corn to gasoline. Rather than erase an unattainable requirement, the agency simply leaves the requirement in place and issues itself a “waiver.”

The bureaucrats can declare mission accomplished. “The Renewable Fuel Standards program is a success story that has driven biofuel production and use in the United States to levels higher than any other nation,” says Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation.

The oil companies answer the EPA’s huzzahs for itself with a loud Bronx cheer. “EPA’s proposal threatens to force consumers to use more biofuel than vehicles, engines and fueling infrastructure can handle,” says Chet Thompson, president of the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers. “This proposal provides more evidence that Congress should finally step in and repeal Full Story



Why the EPA is backing off on ethanol requirements?

WASHINGTON — Every good Midwesterner knows the secret to excellence, whether you’re raising prize-winning hogs or Big Ten basketball players: They have to be corn fed. So who can blame them if they want to same for America’s automobiles?

Well, this week, the Environmental Protection Agency wasn’t having any of it: On Monday, the agency announced long-awaited details of the Renewable Fuel Standard, the federal law that mandates the volume of biofuels, including corn-based ethanol fuel, in the country’s energy supply.

The Renewable Fuel Standard is the reason why, when you go fill up your car, you might see a notice that your gas “may contain ethanol.” Blending ethanol into gasoline is one of the primary ways refining companies meet the federal standard.

And while the agency raised the amount of ethanol required in the nation’s energy supply compared to previous years, the new standard fell short of the total amount lawmakers envisioned for 2015 when they originally passed the law creating the standard in 2005.

To many in the country, the EPA’s move was good news — among the reasons for the lower target was reduced total consumption of fuel in the U.S. as a result of more efficient cars and other economic factors, as well as a reduced dependence on foreign oil, thanks to greater domestic production. Full Story


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