CEA and AAA are calling for more discussion
The Consumer Energy Alliance and the AAA both warn bumping the ethanol content in gasoline from 10 to 15 percent could damage engines and void warranties.
A federal mandate is forcing refineries to put more ethanol in its finished product, while many car engines aren’t ready.
Both consumer groups say there needs to be more discussion of the possible ramifications of the increase before unsuspecting consumers encounter the problems.
At the latest count only 12 million of the 240 million light-duty vehicles on American roads were approved for the use of E-15.
The agencies say the federal Renewable Fuel Standard should be more closely examined to make sure it is achieving its stated goals and helping reduce fuel costs for consumers.
“First, let’s take a step back. Let’s look at what the ethanol mandate was designed to do,” says CEA President David Holt. “Let’s look at where it’s working. Let’s look at where it’s not working, and let’s try to fix it.”