WASHINGTON — Ethanol and farm groups praised a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency decision on Feb. 17 to approve a higher level ethanol blend known as E15, but the Environmental Working Group announced a campaign to discourage consumers from using it, and an Agriculture Department economist said he did not think it will win acceptance soon.
WASHINGTON — The Coalition for E85, a group of retailers, producers and equipment manufacturers, has issued a call to action to members, retailers and other supporters of E85 to contact their senators and representatives and urge them to support the inclusion of E85 in the Alternative Fuel Credit in the tax extenders package currently under review.
In Minnesota, the nation’s leader in E85 pumps, sales fell off by more than half this spring compared with the year before, a disappointment to E85 producers and the farmers who supply them with corn to make the fuel. It’s also a letdown for those who hoped the blend would provide a cleaner alternative to gasoline and accelerate the move away from fossil fuels.
The fuel supply folks in Grand Forks need to step up to the plate and get some ethanol pumps installed. The region has a lot of customers who would use higher blends. There are a lot of people here who are anxious to do what’s right for America.
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