AAA prides itself on its rapid response time for stranded motorists, but when it comes to taking a position on the brewing ethanol-gasoline blend issue, the group continues to say "wait a minute." In this case, AAA is accusing the American Petroleum Institute (API) of misstating AAA's position on allowing for higher ethanol blends, saying that a new ad campaign positions AAA "anti-ethanol," Domestic Fuel says. Of course, the ads are being run in South Dakota, which is among a group of Midwestern states with big corn-farming numbers, so anything anti-ethanol equals bad local politics.

Mind you, AAA was also saying "hold your horses" last December when it came to sales of a 15-percent ethanol blend (better known as E15), saying at the time that sales of E15 should be postponed until there was more research done on the fuel and its potential effects on engines. AAA also said at the time that about 5 percent of US light-duty vehicles were approved for E15 and that many drivers could void their warranties by using the fuel.

The AFI campaign is just the latest salvo involving E15. Last month, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) went after the API, accusing it of misstating some research figures related to E15 use.


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      Allch Chcar
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am certain that AAA was vocally anti-Ethanol over the last couple of years. I even recall a couple pieces deriding ethanol before the recent E15 ordeal. Now it appears as if they are posturing. I don't see any benefit in it for the organization except for advertising. But they could certainly be useful to either side by educating their members.
        raktmn
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Allch Chcar
        Yes, AAA has acknowledged that they have been widely denounced (including from many of their own members) for getting a number of the facts wrong, and has since then been trying to roll back their previous statements. They certainly could do a whole lot to help actually educate their members. Because there certainly is a whole lot of politically motivated FUD out there. But instead their latest position seems to be that because there is so much intentional FUD out there, that there is no hope in educating drivers, so just don't sell E15. In other words, they don't think enough of their own member's intelligence that they can figure out how to fill their own cars with gas....
      Aaron
      • 2 Years Ago
      Please check your grammar. The title of this article implies that AAA possesses a "misquoted" ("its misquoted"). That makes no sense. Neither does "from Big Oil". AAA is not receiving anything "from Big Oil". It should be "AAA says it was misquoted in E15 back-and-forth with Big Oil". No, I didn't bother to proofread the rest of the article. It just makes me sad that a major site doesn't care enough to check its grammar.
        bearfriend
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Aaron
        Thanks for saving me the time it would have taken to write the exact same thing. Its really not that hard to write something, then read back over it and make sure it makes some kind of sense.
          Aaron
          • 2 Years Ago
          @bearfriend
          One of my favorite ways to proofread a document is to have the computer read it back to me. It's amazing how many double words and other simple typos that finds, even without the "extra effort" of proofreading.
      Electron
      • 2 Years Ago
      Triple A should have been more careful about allowing itself to be dragged in Big Oil's war on ethanol. The first casualty of war is always the truth and now Triple A finds itself entangled in a web of deceit.