Archive for April, 2012

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ETHANOL INDUSTRY ADMITS E15 WILL CAUSE DAMAGE

April 15, 2012

You have to love the irony.  Congressman John Shimkus (R-Collinsville, IL) has introduced legislation “…  to prevent lawsuits related to problems with E15 …”.

Hmmmmm, isn’t the headquarters of ADM in Illinois?  Ah yes, Corporate HeadquartersArcher Daniels Midland Company 4666 Faries Parkway Decatur, IL 62526.  Now it all makes sense.

OK, perhaps it is a bit more complicated.  It is true that ADM has donated to congressman Shimkus, but what is more interesting is who congressman Shimkus’ major donors are, the oil and gas industries.  Keep in mind that the gasoline producers have stated publicly that they will not produce E15 unless they are immune from damage lawsuits, but they are required to blend more and more ethanol every year until 2022 so it would behoove them to produce E15 to meet their ever increasing quotas.  Thus this new legislation will benefit both ADM and big oil.  Of course the consumer will continue to get screwed by both big ethanol and big oil.

Luckily you don’t have to buy any E15.  The whole silly project is voluntary from start to finish.  So why would you buy a product that will decrease your mileage, void your warranty and damage your car?  Really makes you wonder what they are smoking over at the ethanol lobby and the EPA.

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E15 IS LEGAL, LET THE PRODUCTION BEGIN … OR NOT

April 15, 2012

On April 2, 2012 the EPA finally announced approval of the first applications for registration of ethanol for use in producing E15 and the ethanol lobby jumped on the announcement to trumpet the arrival of E15 at your local service station.  Announcement here includes positive statements from ethanol lobbyists.  But the announcement here points out a few of the hurdles remaining:

1.  There is still a lawsuit in federal court against the EPA about legality of the bifurcated waiver.

2.  Many states have statutes that limit ethanol blending to 10% for non flex-fuel cars, like California the largest gasoline market in the U.S.

3.  The waiver is voluntary and the gasoline producers have stated publicly they will not make E15 unless they are granted immunity from damage claims.

4.  Many gasoline station chains have made it clear they will not pump E15 unless they are given immunity from damage claims, especially from misfueling.  In fact there is a lawsuit over the mandatory E15 pump label which warns about misfueling.

5.  There are no cars with E15 warranties and the car manufacturers have pretty much said they are not going to warrant their vehicles for a voluntary product.  Why would they considering the costs associated with testing that will have to be passed on to the consumer.

6.  It appears that the only way to make E15 economically viable is to create legislation that just prohibits any damage liability which is exactly what a congress critter from IL has just done.  This appears to be an admission that E15 is going to cause damage.