With the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officially issuing its finalized E15 (gasoline with 15-percent ethanol content) warning label, there's widespread belief that the recently approved biofuel will be coming to gasoline stations soon. Well, it seems that's not likely to be the case. In fact, it won't take place for at least a year.

The Government Accountability Office says that health, safety, cost and environmental concerns will probably keep E15 away from the pumps for more than one year. The GOA claims that nozzles, underground storage tanks and other fuel-dispensing equipment will need to be evaluated prior to E15's arrival. The concern is that leakage, which isn't an issue with E10, could suddenly become a problem with E15.

The GAO continues by claiming that some fuel stations may have to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to upgrade equipment in preparation for the arrival of E15. There is also the matter of an ongoing lawsuit that sees automakers trying to overturn the EPA's approval of the blended fuel along with a promise to void the warranties of vehicles with E15 found in their tanks. We'd guess E15 has a very long road ahead of it...


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      Jason H
      • 4 Years Ago
      So let me get thhis straight...Ethanol shortens gasoline's already-ephemeral shelf life, lowers engine performance and efficiency, leads to food shortages/inflation, and its production consumes more energy than it yields. Could someone tell me how is this a good idea?
        Sugaki
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Jason H
        There's only one reason why ethanol gas exists: politics--namely, the Iowa caucuses. For presidents to win an election, they need to make a splash in the Iowa caucus, which is before any other presidential primary. Hence it gets a lot of media attention. And in order for potential presidential candidates to appeal to Iowans, they need to be in support of corn subsidies. Enter ethanol. This is why even Republicans are for ethanol corn subsidies. So regardless of how stupid and ridiculous ethanol subsidy is, it refuses to die. The only way it'll die is if the public becomes aware of why ethanol subsidies exist. And 99% of people have no clue about corn subsidies.
        Making11s
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Jason H
        Politicians have to win in Iowa somehow. We are so screwed.
      turbo
      • 4 Years Ago
      My 2011 Subaru's owner's manual specifically says to not put E15 in the gas tank or engine damage may result. Why are lawmakers doing this??
      rex
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lets see here. We have to subsidize it as it cannot make it in the free market. We are putting our food in our cars and running up the cost of our food. The MPG is 1/3 less than normal gas so we use more of it. It is hard to ship and store. Gas stations are not set up for it. Neither are our cars. Gee, why would anyone be opposed to this. Mean while the same Os EPA blocks Shell (and jobs) in Alaska when they were ready to drill and the Alaskan pipe line needs more oil or they may have to shut it down!!! http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/04/25/energy-america-oil-drilling-denial/
        Chilipepper
        • 4 Years Ago
        @rex
        All this makes perfect sense to the government bureaucrats in Washington. They know better than we do.
          mathiaswegner
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Chilipepper
          It's not the bureaucrats. It's the fact that Iowa has first in the nation caucuses. Nobody in congress who ever has thought about running for President wants to start their campaign in Iowa explaining to corn farmers that they should get the farmers vote despite the fact that they voted against ethanol. The career employees know how stupid it is, but their bosses answer to the elected folks. The elected folks mostly know how stupid it is, too.
          lne937s
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Chilipepper
          Also at play is the structure of the Senate than gives 2 votes to every small, agricultural state, even though they have a smaller population than some neighborhoods here in New York City. The citizens of the corn belt are disproportunately representated in the Senate compared to people living in population centers on the coasts.
      tnooch1
      • 4 Years Ago
      E15 reminds me of Olestra. Olestra seems like normal food fat, but it messes up your insides and no one really wants it.
      Kuro Houou
      • 4 Years Ago
      Keep the corn out of our cars and gas, this is just insane!!! Who are pushing these bills through, they should all be fired or kicked out of office as they are probably taking tons of money from lobbyists because the every day american does not want this at all!
        JoeyMazz
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Kuro Houou
        I agree, all of the politicians in Washington are taking money and benefits from these lobbyists and they all should be fired. No one wants this flex fuel crap!
      frazgo
      • 4 Years Ago
      I"m not a fan of E10 as there was a noticeable drop in MPG's on all of my cars when it was introduced in Cali several years ago. We just learned to live with the drop. E15 probably won't be that much of an additional drop for us, for those in the states not already using the blend, well get ready. Add in that most older cars, and few new cars are "flex fuel" ready to handle any "E" blend it makes sense that the manufacturers are raising cain at the moment. If the gov't is disirious about introducing E15 accross the board they should do like they did when unleaded fuels were introduced. Set a target date and all cars made after that date must be built to run on the stuff, give it a couple of years and then bang go with it. Keep producing regular gas for those of us who need it for another 5-10 years before fading it away just like they did with regular leaded gas.
      Making11s
      • 4 Years Ago
      What if I don't want to put E15 in my car because corn ethanol is sh*t?
      SCOTTM
      • 4 Years Ago
      I noticed the article states one year. That's too soon! I get terrible mileage with my 2002 Tacoma work truck now that I can't find ethanol free gas anymore. I've lost 2-3 mpg going from averaging 20 to 17 mpg. I drive 20,000 miles each year, which adds up to a lot of waisted fuel using the E10 ethanol blend. I can't imagine how poor it will be with E15. This has also forced me to pass the expense on down to my customers, which further hurts the economy here in Michigan. People here really should contact our state representatives or we WILL be putting the junk in our trunk. This is another case of the government working for a small but powerful group of corporate farmers at the expense of the American people. Stand up and take action! It only take a few minutes away from car porn to make a phone call or send an email. I'll even put up the websites for you. https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm Let them know you don't want it, that it has damaged your equipment, and you will vote them out if this measure passes. We must send a strong message or this is just going to continue.
      dac17
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why in God's green earth is this stuff even being talked about? Ooops; I forgot Archer Daniels Midland's lobbyists. How dumb of me.
      Aaron Tyler
      • 4 Years Ago
      To bad Canada already has that junk at the pumps it ruins engines and head gaskets and causes environmental damages despite the support of corn farmers and ethanol production facility owners just beacuse it comes from corn does not mean that it is good
      JEFFREY
      • 4 Years Ago
      And what is magical about 2001. If you drive a 2002 model year that is effectively that same car as a '99 or '00. Wouldn't it still be not good????
      jcwconsult
      • 4 Years Ago
      The correct time frame to introduce E-15 is NEVER. Cars built for E-85 are fine with virtually any gasoline blend. Many others, including virtually all older cars, are NOT. And the cost per mile driven with any Ethanol blend is higher than with pure gasoline. Ethanol overall has been a worldwide disaster. Many of the refining methods, particularly from corn, use more energy to make it than you get back. The demand on corn caused serious food price rises and shortages, particularly in areas where the diet is heavily based on corn, such as the Hispanic community and Mexico. Jason H. has a good summary. James C. Walker National Motorists Association www.motorists.org Ann Arbor, MI
        Soul Shinobi
        • 4 Years Ago
        @jcwconsult
        This man deserves more than just a thumb up. The corn lobby in America is on par with oil.
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