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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Jun 26, 2013 2:10 PM Flag

    Petroleum association regrouping after loss at Supreme Court

    Petroleum association regrouping after loss at Supreme Court

    Chris Woodward OneNewsNow Wednesday, June 26, 2013

    The American Petroleum Institute is weighing its options after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on E15 ethanol.

    On Monday, the Supreme Court rejected a challenge by the API to block sales of E15, a blend that contains 15 percent ethanol, higher than the normal blend currently sold at gas pumps, and intended only for vehicles made since 2001.

    "We're weighing our legal options right now," says Bob Greco of the American Petroleum Institute.

    The court's decision leaves in place a federal appeals court ruling that dismissed challenges from API and other groups, including food producers and restaurants, upset with the use of corn in ethanol and claiming it drives up food prices.

    "We still feel strongly that EPA's decision [to allow E15] was premature and that the use of E15 risks damaging engines in millions of vehicles," says Greco.

    Greco

    And Greco says API is not the only organization concerned.

    "No automaker is extending warranty coverage on these older vehicles that were retroactively approved by EPA," he adds. "Even AAA has recommended not using E15."

    Concerns about motorcycles and small engines have also been expressed.

    OneNewsNow recently spoke with ethanol proponent Tom Buis of Growth Energy about these concerns. He acknowledged that E15 is not approved for smaller engines - but only because EPA did not conduct the testing.

    Buis added that ethanol gets a bad rap for issues that are maybe 30 years old, and most of the criticism is from people who do not wish to see the industry succeed.

    Buis

    Bob Greco says that's not the case. "We're saying this because we want to supply fuels that a customer wants and can be used in their engine," he tells OneNewsNow.

    "At the end of the day, there will be ethanol used in gasoline, with or without a Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)," he adds. "Ethanol has valuable blending properties."

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