With public comments on its proposal to slash the Renewable Fuel Standard currently under review, the Environmental Protection Agency has dealt yet another blow to ethanol. The agency announced yesterday that it will switch its test fuel from the proposed E15 to E10 as the certification fuel for new emissions standards to be in place by 2017.
(E15 is gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol. E10 is blended with 10 percent ethanol.)
EPA says it’s doing this because E15 isn’t widely available on a national scale. Well, it’s not widely available because the oil industry has set up roadblock after roadblock whenever an attempt is made to increase the use of a renewable fuel like ethanol or build infrastructure to support E15.
This is yet another anti-ethanol, pro Big Oil decision by the EPA. Will EPA ever stop throwing punches at American-grown ethanol?