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Lawmakers and car manufacturers often find themselves on opposite ends of debates, and a proposed mandate to make most vehicles E85 capable only proves that point. The Detroit News reports that Senator Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, has sponsored a bill that would force automakers to make 90 percent of their vehicles E85 capable by 2016, but automakers aren't taking this proposed legislation lying down.

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Lawmakers and car manufacturers often find themselves on opposite ends of debates, and a proposed mandate to make most vehicles E85 capable only proves that point. The Detroit News reports that Senator Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, has sponsored a bill that would force automakers to make 90 percent of their E85 capable by 2016, but automakers aren't taking this proposed legislation lying down.

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The scuffle over more ethanol in the fuel supply continues, but it looks like gasoline containing up to 15 percent ethanol (E15) will most likely flow out of at least one of the pumps at your local fueling station this summer. What this doesn't mean that E10 gasoline, which has been widely used throughout the U.S. for years, will vanish any time soon.

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Late last year, NASCAR announced that Sunoco Green E15, an ethanol-blended racing fuel, would become the mandatory go juice for its three touring series (Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck) during the 2011 season.

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Starting January 1, 2011, German drivers were presented with the option to fuel up their vehicles with Super E10, a biofuel with 10 percent ethanol. Previously, German gas stations had only offered fuel with up to five percent ethanol content. The addition of Super E10 is part of nation's long-term plan to incrementally decrease its greenhouse gas emissions, with the aim of achieving an 80 percent reduction by 2050.

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While the E15 debate continues, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (a.k.a. NASCAR) announced that Sunoco Green E15, a high-performance ethanol-blended fuel, will become its mandatory go juice for every vehicle competing in NASCAR's three touring series (Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series, and Camping World Truck) for the 2011 racing season.

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Corn as a source for ethanol has its problems. While there are a number of backers, there are real issues that need to be addressed, including (but not necessarily limited to) the huge amount of corn required to brew large batches of the alcohol fuel and the large quantities of water needed in the process. A new alternative is just now popping up that may offer at least a partial solution: watermelon juice.

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Corn as a source for ethanol has its problems. While there are a number of backers, there are real issues that need to be addressed, including (but not necessarily limited to) the huge amount of corn required to brew large batches of the alcohol fuel and the large quantities of water needed in the process. A new alternative is just now popping up that may offer at least a partial solution: watermelon juice.

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May new vehicle sales in Brazil were up 25 percent year-over-year, but the market share of flex-fuel vehicles fell for the second month in a row, to a mere 76.3 percent of the total.

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