In a sop to large agricultural states, agri-business, and Global Warmers, Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency has approved a proposal to increase the percentage of Ethanol in our gasoline. For cars, the blend is currently 90% gas and 10% Ethanol. The EPA wants to increase that to 15% Ethanol.
If “E15″ arrives at a pump near you it’ll be designed only for cars built after the 2006 model year which are “Alternative Fuel” vehicles. Try and use it in anything older and eventually the stuff will destroy the fuel delivery systems of any car by eating away at the petroleum-based tubing and gaskets.
Oil companies don’t want to refine the stuff – and gas stations don’t want to sell it – because what if they are sued because a customer’s car became damaged by using the E15? Who is going to pay those legal bills?
Ironically, the higher Ethanol standard is supposed to reduce smog but may actually increase pollutants.