Oil industry launches national ad campaign against E15

Source: By John Siciliano and Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner • Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The American Petroleum Institute launched an ad campaign on Saturday to push back against selling higher blends of ethanol in the nation’s gasoline supply.

A broken system: The Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel System “is broken and requires addressing to protect consumers – not another step in the wrong direction that results in pumping additional volumes of E15 into the fuel supply, where consumers could bear significant consequence,” the American Petroleum Institute said in a statement on the new television in online ad campaign.

What’s E15? E15 is a 15-percent ethanol-to-gasoline fuel blend. Currently, the nation’s fuel is a 10-percent fuel blend. The oil industry says raising it to 15 percent would harm vehicle engines and cause millions of dollars and damage that could make refiners liable.

Trump’s plan: President Trump has come out in support of a plan to remove regulatory barriers that prevent the sale of E15 all year. But so far, the Environmental Protection Agency the implementing agency, has not said how it intends to implement the president’s plan.

Ad asks Trump not to do it: The ad asks the president not to risk harming consumers by pushing year-round E15 ethanol blends.