The Obama administration has officially given the green light to allowing higher blends of ethanol to be used fuel American cars and trucks.
As last week ended, the Environmental Protection Agency approved E15, a blend of fuel that is made of 85 percent gasoline and 15 percent corn-based ethanol to be used in 60 percent of American cars and trucks.
The decision comes months after the EPA initially ruled that it was safe for cars made during and after the 2007 model year to run on the fuel. That decision, made in October of 2010, essentially trumped the current ethanol limit for fuels which, until this recent announcement, stood at 10 percent.
Of course this decision, and the one made back in October, aren’t exactly welcomed by several of the usual suspects who have powerful lobbying lawyers inside the Beltway. The American Petroleum Institute, the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association and a handful of farm and food lobbies have already sued the EPA over their initial ruling. This latest decision by the EPA is still subject to what happens with that lawsuit.
The rationale for the lawsuit, if you trust those aforementioned groups, comes in several forms: safety, unreliability and even confusion for consumers at the pump.