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E15 is a symptom of a broken Renewable Fuel Standard

Sabrina Fang

Sabrina Fang
Posted June 7, 2018

Recognizing the harm E15 can impose on consumers, Senator Tom Udall and Rep. Peter Welch issued a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt reiterating of the EPA’s lack of legal authority to allow the sale of E15 gasoline without the necessary legislation:

“We are concerned with recent press reports that President Trump has directed the EPA to allow year-round E15 sales during the closed-door negotiations over the [RFS] held at the White House with industry stakeholders and Members of Congress. Previously, EPA has publicly concluded that it does not have the statutory authority to issue such a waiver, and the reported decision to reverse this conclusion appears to be driven by political considerations, rather than scientific or legal analysis.”

E15 is a symptom of a broken  Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that is in need of a legislative fix. While the White House has indefinitely delayed the release of a long-awaited memo outlining planned biofuel policy changes, consumers remain at risk.  As the RFS requirements continue to be implemented higher ethanol blended gasoline is being inefficiently addedinto the nation’s fuel mix. Three out of four vehicles in the U.S. fleet weren’t built to use E15, and the fuel isn’t compatible with motorcycles, boats, lawn equipment and ATVs. A number of automakers have said that using E15 could potentially void car warranties. Some model year 2018 cars and trucks aren’t compatible with E15, including BMW, Mazda, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, Subaru and Volvo.

Enforcing a mandate that is outdated and broken is an all-around bad deal for consumers, and we continue to urge lawmakers to work together to a find meaningful and long-term legislative solution that sunsets the RFS.


Sabrina Fang is an API media relations representative. Before joining API she worked for the Washington Humane Society and was a reporter for Tribune Broadcasting and covered the White House for seven years. Fang studied broadcast journalism at Syracuse University before starting her career. She enjoys reading, watching movies and spending time with family.