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Governors' Biofuels Coalition
NEWS UPDATE January 30, 2013

Biofuels supporters fault study finding E15-related damage

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 30, 2013

Biofuels supporters are crying foul over a study released this morning by an oil-industry-backed group that shows fuel containing 15 percent ethanol could damage the fuel systems of cars on the road. The American Petroleum Institute early today touted the report, saying it underscored the need to both reverse U.S. EPA’s approval of E15 and repeal the federal renewable fuels standard. But the Renewable Fuels Association, the nation’s major ethanol trade group, today questioned the motives and methods of the study, saying it appeared to be rigged to fail. [ read more … ]

Study backed by oil industry finds E15 damages automobile fuel systems

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 30, 2013

A study released today showing fuel containing 15 percent ethanol could damage a “substantial” number of cars on the road underscores the need to repeal federal biofuel mandates, according to the oil industry. The study conducted by the Coordinating Research Council — a group created and supported by the oil and auto industries — found gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol, or E15, could cause critical fuel components in cars to break down. The results show U.S. EPA acted irresponsibly in approving the fuel for use, the American Petroleum Institute said today in a conference call. [ read more … ]

Federal Officials Raise Doubts Over GHG, Health Impacts Of Biofuels

Bridget DiCosmo, Inside EPA  •    •  Posted January 30, 2013

Current and former federal officials are raising doubts about the greenhouse gas (GHG) and health benefits of biofuels production and use relative to conventional fuels, though one top official says that even though the benefits may not as great as once thought, it appears unlikely that policymakers will scale back supply mandates and incentives. [ read more … ]

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