The Science Committee in the House of Representatives has a approved a bill that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from allowing the use of gasoline with a higher ethanol content without additional study.

According to The Detroit News, the bill was sponsored by Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wisconsin and passed 19-7 along party lines after numerous groups spoke out against E15. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the American Petroleum Institute, the Friends of the Earth, the Milk Producers Council, the American Bakers Association and the National Turkey Federation all pushed for further E15 study.

Last year, the government estimated more domestic corn was used for ethanol than to feed farm animals, and opponents of ethanol argue E15 would only lead to steeper food prices across the country.

Congress just recently ended a 30-year tax subsidy on corn-based ethanol and put a stop to tariffs on the fuel imported from Brazil. The subsidy alone reportedly cost taxpayers $6 billion annually. All told, Congress has awarded the ethanol industry $45 billion in subsidies since 1980.


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      mustsvt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, rare sanity from Washington.
      Car Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Advice of vehicle owner's manual on product they designed saying E15 is not recommended >> "Assurances" from Ethanol lobby that E15 won't cause any engine damage to older engines
        dukeisduke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Car Guy
        Actually, it doesn't cause any damage to the lobbyists' wallets.
      Ernie Mccracken
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ethanol is a disgrace to the alternative fuel movement.
      Jake
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thank God for the National Turkey Federation. Time to re-up my membership.
      NoFatChicks
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bioethanol, what a massive crock. If they could have made any other molecule it would have been worth it.... Hydrogen, Butynol, pancake mix, dehydrated water ANYTHING.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Wetstuff
      • 2 Years Ago
      You would have thought the National Turkey Federation would have been for E15?! Jim
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good job.
      mrsaenz13
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is all because they want the continuos flow of money to them from the purchase of gasoline. If they start adding e15 to the gas, the Ratio of 3.75/gal(or whatever it currently is at your nearest gas station) is changed because e15 is now in it. So the $3.75 a gal for Gasoline and E15 mixture would actually be, lets say $3.40/gal would go to Gasoline corps. and the rest would go to whom ever is manufacturing e15. Just me thinking though. then as i reread this i see It was Passed..... nvm -__-
      snap_understeer_ftw
      • 2 Years Ago
      My Desmoquattro motor rejoices
      Kiiks
      • 2 Years Ago
      My car doesn't need ethanol, I do!
      thedriveatfive
      • 2 Years Ago
      finally a good decision from government.
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