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Monday, November 28, 2016

EPA hikes Ethanol Blend Requirement in Gasoline

Over the objections of many lawmakers who say the entire program has failed, the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday increased the amount of ethanol that must be blended into the nation’s gasoline supply next year.

In the latest update to the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the agency said that at least 19.28 billion gallons of ethanol and other biofuels must be included in gasoline supplies in 2017.

While that’s an increase over this year’s target of 18.11 billion gallons, it’s a far cry from what Congress had envisioned when it established the RFS in 2007.

That legislation called for 24 billion gallons of ethanol and other biofuels to be blended into the gas supply by 2017, and the wide gulf between the initial target and today’s reality illustrates the difficulty the EPA has encountered as it tries to meet congressional mandates.

Still, the EPA argues its new rule will ramp up production of biofuels and save consumers money at the pump.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

If I heard right when they started putting ethanol in vehicles, older vehicles engines had problems because of it. So seems to me putting more ethanol in gas to save at the pump is going to cost you the price of a new vehicle because your vehicle will probably die with more ethanol. Where is the savings??

Anonymous said...

"Still, the EPA argues its new rule will ramp up production of biofuels and save consumers money at the pump."

What a crock of B.S. !
Ethanol is expensive and raises the cost of a gallon of gasoline. The farmers who grow the crops that get converted to ethanol are heavily subsidized to grow them at the expense of the tax payers. Of course Warren Buffet makes a lot of money when ethanol is mandated for fuel because it cannot be sent through the pipeline, instead it needs to be shipped to the fuel distributor by rail car.
Ethanol in gasoline causes a loss of fuel economy due to its lower energy content, and don't forget about the associated drivability problem related to ethanol and the damage it causes to fuel systems.
But this message is from the same idiot that told us your healthcare premiums would go down under Obamacare.

Anonymous said...

Gasoline with ethanol also results in lower mpg, ethanol also costs more energy to produce so where is the reduction in pollutants if mileage is less and it takes more energy to produce than is saved?

Anonymous said...

Was passing through Fayatteville NC a couple of weeks ago and stopped at a Valero to gas up. $2.05 a gallon for ethanol based unleaded - $2.65 for NON ethanol based unleaded.

Corn is part of OUR food chain, leave it in the food chain.
Oil is NOT part of the food chain.

This is not rocket science folks.

Anonymous said...

Ethanol was mandated in 2007 - Bush was president but dont let facts get in the way of your agenda. BTW, I have been driving diesel vehicles since 2004.

Steve said...

Fuel up the tractor to plant the corn
Fuel up the fertilizer plant to make the fertilizer
Fuel up the truck to take fertilizer to the farm
Fuel up the tractor to spread the fertilizer
Fuel up the combine to harvest the corn
Fuel up the truck to take the corn to the grain elevator
fuel up the train to get the corn to the ethanol plant
Fuel up the ethanol plant to make corn mash turn into ethanol
Fuel up the truck to take the ethanol to the refinery
There! Made powerful gasoline into crap that gets 3/4 the mileage.

I know, let's double our production to save money! YEAH!

Anonymous said...

How can it save money when mileage drops way down. My economical toyota fell to HALF what it was. I don't mind springing for the non ethanol fuel. It means I need not gas up as often.