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US House: cars are cleaner, so we should use less ethanol

A new House bill proposes decreasing the ethanol fuel-blend mandate.

The minimum requirements for ethanol levels in the US are getting more difficult to reach because cars today getting better fuel economy.

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EPA proposes small increase of ethanol in fuel supply

Will it blend? That is the question.

For 2017, EPA calls for 18.11 billion gallons of biofuel to be mixed in gasoline and diesel. But it shouldn't affect you at the pump.

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Obama administration wants lower ethanol levels

RFS Update Would Drop Ethanol Level By 4B Gallons This Year

A proposal from the Obama administration would lower the 2014 Renewable Fuels Standard level to the amount actually used last year, and goes up from there.

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Two US Senators want to remove corn ethanol from gasoline supply

Biodiesel, Cellulosic Viewed As Better Alternative

California, Pennsylvania senators reach across the aisle to propose an anti-corn-ethanol bill.

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Oregon may get rid of ethanol in gasoline

House Bill 2373 Would Put Biofuel Blend Out To Dry

Members of the Oregon House of Representatives are proposing a bill to repeal the state's mandate to use a 10-percent ethanol mix in gasoline.

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EPA: 2014 renewable fuel standards 'significantly delayed'

Biofuel Producers Get Happy, Frustrated

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is not going to decide just yet how much biofuel to add to the national fuel supply in the future. Last year, the EPA said, for the first time ever, that it might reduce the biofuel component in American gas, but is now saying that the 2014 standards rule will b

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Republican control of Congress could affect US biofuel policy, Uber and Lyft

To Be Sure, The Future Is Unclear

Green transportation issues were not at the top of this year's midterm elections in the US, but the sweeping Republican victories – and probably new Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell – could affect at least some aspects of how we get around without using as many resources as we used to.

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AMA points to EPA document to prove ethanol damages small engines

The fight over converting the national supply of gasoline from a maximum 10-percent ethanol blend (known as E10) to E15 have quieted down somewhat when it comes to passenger cars. For other applications - like "motorcycles and nonroad products" - the stru

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Look Before You Pump warnings popping up at ethanol stations

Some of the largest retailers in the US are trying to inject either a little good sense or paranoia into part of their customer base. Lowe's, Walmart and True Value are putting out written warnings about the dangers of filling up non-light-duty-vehicle engines with fuel that contains a higher ethanol blend. It's all part of a campaign backed by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), which represents 100 small-engine, utility vehicle and outdoo

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Over 11,000 comments filed on EPA's ethanol rules; White House also involved

In late 2013, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed – for the first time ever – a slight slacking of the 2014 renewable fuel standard. The reason was that the US is coming up on the 'blend wall,' the overall level of ethanol in the national gasoline supply where adding any more biofuel would p

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For 2014, many automakers already prepared for E15

Many automakers are already and quietly ready for E15.

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Higher ethanol blends create health, safety risks, says Big Oil-funded study

In the simplest terms, when higher-ethanol blend fuels spill, they can make buildings go boom. And the study that says this was funded, in part, by Chevron and Shell as well as the American Petroleum Institute, while the report was generated by Rice University in Houston. All clear on the players? Good. Let's proceed.

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Biofuel supporters clamor EPA to change course on RFS

A public meeting room was packed recently as the US Environmental Protection listened to comments about its recent Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) decision. About 300 people packed the room, and the two sides were clearly marked. Some people were biofuel producers or Iowa farmers wearing "Don't Mess with RFS" buttons; others wore "Save my Engine" t-shirts handed out by Energy Citizens, a group funde

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EPA eases off ethanol, a bit, for first time ever

Forget raising the national ethanol blend in standard gasoline to 15 percent (E15), the Environmental Protection Agency has, for the first time ever, proposed reducing the ethanol requirement in the American

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AAA once again calls on feds to slow down E15 implementation

AAA is continuing its assault against higher ethanol use in the transportation energy, speaking out in support of reducing the renewable fuel mandate for 2014. The organization said that renewable-fuel requirements need to be lowered to avoid the so-called "blend wall" that could drive up gas prices. In addition to the threat of such higher prices, AAA continued to call gasoline with a 15 percent ethanol blend, or Danny King

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NREL says E10, E15 show no 'meaningful differences' in new engines

A 50-percent increase in alcohol content may knock even the most seasoned drinker off of his (or her) feet, but a 50-percent jump in ethanol won't throw off a car's engine. That's the short version of a new National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) report, and we expect pro-ethanol advocates to use it frequently against Danny King

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RFA: ethanol cuts gas prices by up to $1.50 a gallon

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is giving us up to 2.6 trillion reasons why blending ethanol with the US fuel supply are a good thing for the economy. Citing former Ford and Carter administration energy advisor Philip Verleger, the RFA estimates that gas would be between 50 cents and $1.50 more per gallon than its costs today. That means that Americans are saving $700 million a year on the low end and $2.6 trillion on the high end.

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EPA: 10% of all US fuel now renewable, but that might be our limit

recognizes that ethanol will likely continue to predominate the renewable fuel pool in the near future, and that for 2014 the ability of the market to consume ethanol in higher blends such as E85 is highly constrained as a result of infrastructure- and market-related factors. EPA does not currently foresee a scenario in which the market could consume enough ethanol sold in blends greater than E10, and/or produce sufficient volumes of non-ethanol biofuels to meet the volumes of total renewable

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Ohio gas station accidentally sells pure ethanol as gasoline

The US Department of Energy lists 91 stations in the state of Ohio that dispense an 85-percent ethanol blend (aka E85). Unfortunately, one unlisted station in the Buckeye State took the biofuel a step further earlier this week. The GetGo station in Brunswick, about 25 miles southwest of Cleveland, Danny King

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