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Sales of E15 will continue, after the U.S. Supreme Cour... Sales of E15 will continue, after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a lawsuit about blocking its sale. (AP photo).
The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a case that attempted to thwart the sale of fuel containing a higher percentage of ethanol, a decision that could clear the way for the more widespread use of E15.

The use of E15 has angered the oil lobby, which has a history of fighting many mandates that result in less oil use. But it's also raised the ire of poultry and cattle farmers, who said the use of corn in E15 production will increase grain costs.

In declining to hear the case, the high court preserved a lower-court ruling that the American Petroleum Institute, a lobbying organization for the oil industry, did not have the standing to challenge the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to allow sales of the controversial fuel.

API officials and a wide group of opponents that included auto manufacturers and poultry farmers argued that E15 could cause corrosion and damage to several car components, including engines. Some carmakers say drivers could inadvertently void their warranties by pumping it into their gas tanks. AAA, the nation's largest motoring organization, has called for increased study of the potential dangers to vehicle parts, and says potential dangers particularly exists for vehicles built prior to 2001.

The EPA, on the other hand, says E15, which is comprised of a 15 percent ethanol blend instead of the usual 10 percent, is safe for cars.

Poultry and cattle farmers have opposed E15 because its more rampant production could increase the price of corn needed to feed their animals, a cost that would surely be passed along to consumers at the grocery store. Corn farmers, on the other hand, surely benefit from the increased use of their product in fuel blends.

None of this is an immediate concern for most drivers. Of the 180,000 or so gas stations in the country, The Detroit News says only about two dozen in the corn-fed Midwest are selling E15.


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      rockymtnleather
      • 1 Year Ago
      So just grow more friggin corn! I swear to gawd that the powers that be in this country create most of our "problems" in the first place by kowtowing to big industries lobbies like oil, pharma, healthcare etc. But then again ... since most of our representatives are bought and paid for by big industries in the first place, what else can we expect?
      tmlbtb
      • 1 Year Ago
      Corn shouldn't be fed to cattle in the first place. As far as the oil companies go, drop dead. We should be using natural gas in our vehicles. The oil companies pay off those idiots in D.C. to keep us on our oil addiction.
      striggart
      • 1 Year Ago
      One thing I learned what ever decision is made; Americans won't be happy and they would look for someone to blame for their bad decision. Americans love to complain even if they benefit...that's the American way. American people poll rating should be around a 3 percent.
      • 1 Year Ago
      It would seem to me that becoming as dependent on a single crop as we are on corn is dangerous. Not only do we use it as a foodsource it is a primary ingredient in feeding our other food sources (most farmed meat - especially factory farmed). Additionally we are now starting to use it as a fuel source. It strikes me that the last nation to be dependent on a single crop as we are on corn was Ireland and the potato. I just do not think that is a great lesson to repeat.
        vivaldi59
        • 1 Year Ago
        Your point is a Great Point, that is just it! Ethanol can be made from many other source crops in different regions and climates it does not have to be CORN, the much lower cost would compensate for any energy lost as it should not be nearly as high as that of petroleum by products, engines can be engineer to only run on Ethanol much efficiently and good corn could continue feeding the World.
      Kirk Imports
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great, so my 1998 car is going to soon suffer the same fate as my lawn mower. As the ethanol content has already destroyed the engine in my lawn mower so that I have to buy a new one. Thanks again Obama & your liberal cronies in Congress & on the Bench.
      R
      • 1 Year Ago
      In other words everyone BUT the EPA says this is a bad idea, but neither the EPA or the SCOTUS will listen. Welcome to the socialist America Everyone brought to you by Barack Obama and the liberal democrats!
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love fossil fuels.
        • 1 Year Ago
        I agree! I like to put real gas in my car when I'm driving to get a corn dog from Sonic!
      vivaldi59
      • 1 Year Ago
      Two of my autos where E85 compatible, a 1999 Ford-Taurus and a 2005 MB-C320 both average mid 20's MPG the C320 up too 30.6 MPG in long trips and NEW models do even better, whatever I found cheap would work, NO arguments from me or reliability issues. The oil industry is never going to surrender its profits and lower fuel prices, even now when USA demand is at its lowest in decades when adjusted for miles driven and population. The high cost of food for the junk we find in stores shelf's that is another excuse and the By product of corporate greed, entitlement to farms that do nor farm and profitable control grain prices. Brazil can show the USA how to grow other profitable crops and cut petroleum dependence by 90% !
        lawings4
        • 1 Year Ago
        @vivaldi59
        As someone that work on auto and trucks for 43 years. I see a little Lie here.If you saying you got better mileage,you could sell both of them for millions.Out of 1000s I work on there was none that got better mileage,the burn rate is not the same.You sound just like the white house with you Lies.
          vivaldi59
          • 1 Year Ago
          @lawings4
          I never said nor implied that my mileage was better with the used of ethanol. I gave a personal account of the fact that ethanol can and has work for me and provably others. It could helps this country and other that 'Want To' do away with dependence in a finite source of energy that is 'price' by cartels in a region of the world that is unstable & volatile and a Industry that we do not control, one could be argued that has cost many Human Life's not to mention several trillions of dollars from our collective coffers. Something most consumers, mechanics, geologist and engineers in this Forum do not take into consideration. "To me" a fair trade OFF!
        footearowl
        • 1 Year Ago
        @vivaldi59
        Thank You!!!! For those who can't realize what you've said here, they need to be a part of the good ole boy club & delightfully hanged from the highest tree we can find & get back to Reality, Instead Of Insanity!!!!!! :o(
        • 1 Year Ago
        @vivaldi59
        It could damage some autos older than 2001. Why should ANY industry surrender it's profits? The high cost of food AND gasoline is more the result of inflation due to the failed Keynesian economic policies of the Democrats in control. The term "corporate greed" is juvenile and asinine. The purpose of EVERY business is to make MONEY. The more the better. It's only bad if you are a communist. Are you?
          vivaldi59
          • 1 Year Ago
          I have NOTHING against capitalism and companies making 'a reasonable profit', so that is not the issue. Or is it? In this regard, My issue and probably that of most consumers is that of industry/corporate vague excuses for consumer Gaussing(?) particularli when wages began to fall behind inflation 40+ yeas ago and many of this subsadised and Highly Profitable industry/corporation do not pay a fair equitable amount of Taxes, some none at ALL.
      MERLIN
      • 1 Year Ago
      every time you put alcohol in your gas tank the price of food takes a jump
      Ernie Canelli III
      • 1 Year Ago
      Before they do anything, they should fix the problems with e-10! I am sick of buying stabilizer at $24.00 a bottle, replacing rubber O-rings, fuel lines and filters full of water caused by the alcohol! Not to mention $4.00 for a loaf of bread and six bucks for cereal for the kids!
      quazachazed
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well then instead of the government paying certain farmers for not using their land so certain crops do not get to much and flood the market tell them to grow corn to fix the offset of the corn going to ethonal. Though Ethonal is not all that fuel efficient and burns up faster. They need other ways to reduce oil consumption it is going to run out eventually. There are better ways you just need to stop letting greedy corporations stop progress because it will cut into their profits.
        quazachazed
        • 1 Year Ago
        @quazachazed
        Why are people rating this down? The government gives taxpayers money to farmers to not grow certain crops to not flood the markets. That is a fact look it up if you do not believe me. If using corn for Ethonal is going to raise the price of corn because it lowers the supply why not let the farm land that is not being used be used for corn thus increasing the supply back to what it should be and also using less taxpayer money in the process.
      randycoletx
      • 1 Year Ago
      This E15 is crap, every car i have run this **** on had major problems with the motors, injectors constantly plugged up even though the car was made for it
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