Bill to Kill Ethanol Mandate Introduced in Congress
Bill Would Cap Gasoline Blend-In to 10 Percent, Ban E15
A lot of us yearn for the “good old days” where we could get straight-up gasoline. In most parts of the country, gasoline has a 10 percent ethanol blend. Ethanol-free gasoline is hard to find in many parts of the country, if at all, usually only in unleaded race gas. Even environmentalists, who initially promoted the production and use of ethanol as a “green” fuel, have recognized the environmental impact of corn ethanol production and have taken a more critical eye toward large-scale corn ethanol production. Thankfully, there are some in Congress that want to kill the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which currently mandates the 10 percent ethanol blend in most standard grades of gasoline.
The bill, HR 1315, would eliminate the ethanol blend mandate and would furthermore prohibit the sale of E15, which has been shown to damage older engines and vehicles. The bill is being sponsored by representative Bob Goodlatte (R) of Virginia. Surprisingly, several of the bill’s 44 cosponsors are Democrats. You can read the bill’s text in its entirety on the congress.gov site.
The bill would not affect production or sale of E85, which is advertised as distinct from gasoline and colloquially referred to as “ethanol” although the fuel contains 15 percent gasoline. The theoretical large-scale production of so-called “cellulosic” ethanol made from agricultural waste products has never materialized to the extent some believed it would, with the majority of ethanol producers defaulting to conventionally grown corn. You can read more on the SEMA Action Network’s efforts to pass HR 1315 at this link.
Source: SEMA Action Network