EPA Proposes Reduced Ethanol Requirement

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed to reduce the amount of ethanol required for gasoline supply.

It’s the first time in history that the EPA has taken an initiative to slow down the desire to replace fossil fuels with renewable forms of energy. Though the move was expected, it isn’t sitting well with environmentalists and supporters of ethanol, in addition to farmers. Some are confused as to why the EPA is asking “to burn less of a clean-burning American fuel,” said Bob Dinneen, president of the Renewable Fuels Association.

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According to the EPA, the larger problem is the fact that automotive fuel systems and service stations aren’t setup to absorb more than 10 percent ethanol. Most vehicles on the road today are constrained to using E10 and demand by consumers has been very low. Though it is true that millions of cars can handle blends of up to 85 percent ethanol (such as flex fuel vehicles), few consumers prefer the fuel so very few gas stations are even filling it.

Even worse, the stations that do support E85 are struggling. One such in Maryland claim that it is only selling 60 to 70 gallons per day

[Source: New York Times]

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