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When It Comes to Ethanol, the EPA Must Do More to Protect Consumers


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Statement from Frank Macchiarola (like "Mackey")--API's downstream group director--in:
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(MACCHIAROLA):
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CONSUMERS' INTERESTS SHOULD COME BEFORE ETHANOL-INTERESTS.  AND, UNTIL CONGRESS FIXES THE OUTDATED AND BROKEN RENEWABLE-FUEL MANDATE, THE E-P-A MUST DO MORE TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN CONSUMER.  UNFORTUNATELY, UNDER ITS LATEST PROPOSAL, THE E-P-A IS PUSHING CONSUMERS TO USE HIGHER ETHANOL-BLENDS THAT THEY DON'T WANT--AND THAT ARE NOT COMPATIBLE WITH THE WARRANTIES ON THE VAST MAJORITY OF CARS ON THE ROAD TODAY.  INDEED, THE PROLIFERATION OF HIGHER ETHANOL-BLENDS--SUCH AS 'E-15'--CAN INCREASE THE POTENTIAL FOR ENGINE- AND FUEL-SYSTEM-DAMAGE IN VEHICLES.  WE URGE THE E-P-A TO SET THE FINAL MANDATE AT NO MORE THAN NINE-POINT-SEVEN-PERCENT OF GASOLINE-DEMAND--IN ORDER TO AVOID BREACHING THE ETHANOL-BLEND WALL, AND TO MEET STRONG CONSUMER-DEMAND FOR ETHANOL-FREE GASOLINE.  THE LATEST PROPOSAL FROM THE E-P-A IS ALSO A REMINDER, ONCE AGAIN, THAT THE REAL SOLUTION IS FOR CONGRESS TO REPEAL, OR SIGNIFICANTLY REFORM, THE 'RENEWABLE-FUEL STANDARD':  SURVEY AFTER SURVEY SHOWS THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT THE 'R-F-S' IS A BROKEN POLICY--AND THAT BREACHING THE BLEND-WALL MAY HAVE SIGNIFICANT, NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES.  MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, AGREE THAT THIS PROGRAM IS A FAILURE.  AND, WE CONTINUE TO URGE CONGRESS TO FIX THIS BROKEN 'RENEWABLE-FUEL STANDARD'."



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