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EARTHTALK(R): DOES ETHANOL IN THE GAS TANK FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE?

 

E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: I thought that putting ethanol in our gas tanks was going help fight climate change, but lately I’ve heard reports to the contrary. Can you enlighten?       -- Bill B., Hershey, PA

Ethanol and similar “biofuels” made from corn and other crops seem like a good idea given their potential for reducing our carbon outputs as well as our reliance on fossil fuels. But recent research has shown that the federal government’s push to up production of corn-derived ethanol as a gasoline additive since 2007 has actually expanded our national carbon footprint and contributed to a range of other problems.

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AAA WARNS MOTORISTS AGAINST USE OF E-15 FUEL WHICH CAN VOID AUTO WARRANTIES

Automobile Association of America calls on government to halt sale

By Miriam Raftery

January 2, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – The American Automobile Association (AAA) has issued a press release urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to suspend sale of E15 fuel (a blend of 15% ethanol from corn and 85% gasoline).  AAA warns that 13 major automobile manufacturers say that use of E15 fuel could void warranty claims. 

E15 fuel is not currently sold in California, however it is allowed in approximately 30 states and is currently available for sale in several.  The EPA authorized its sale in June 2012 over objections of the auto industry.