The American Petroleum Institute (API) filed a brief with
the Supreme Court regarding EPAs recent approval of a
blend of 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline (E15), the trade group
The API said that E15 ethanol blends have been shown to
damage millions of cars on the road today.
E15 could leave millions of consumers with broken down
cars and high repair bills, said Bob Greco, API group
It could also put motorists in harms way when
vehicles break down in the middle of a busy highway. We are
asking the Supreme Court to step in and protect consumers by
striking down EPAs dangerous E15 mandate before its
The API says higher ethanol blends can damage
engines and cause vehicles that use it to break down, even on
vehicles that EPA has approved to use the fuel, according to
Coordinating Research Council (CRC) testing.
Several auto manufacturers have said they will not honor
warranties when E15 causes damage.
Ethanol and other renewable fuels play an important
role in our transportation fuel mix, Greco said.
But we cannot allow a mandate for ethanol that exceeds
what is safe for consumers. We call upon EPA to immediately
finalize the 2013 ethanol mandate and also lower the 2014 ethanol mandate to protect consumers
from the introduction of E15.
Greco said that despite evidence of incompatibility problems
with service station equipment and incomplete automobile
testing, EPA approved E15 for 2001 model year and newer cars
and light trucks.
The API noted that is part of a broad coalition of
food, livestock, consumer, and environmental groups
that oppose EPAs approval of E15.