Congress should protect the American people, not Big Oil. But instead, it is gearing up to give industry exactly what it wants – a special exemption from any liability if its products damage your engine.
Gasoline stations will soon begin selling E15, a blend of conventional gasoline with up to 15 percent ethanol from corn. The Environmental Protection Agency approved the E15 blend for use in vehicles manufactured after 2000. It runs hotter and is more corrosive than pure gasoline or E10 – gasoline plus 10 percent ethanol. Using E15 could void some vehicle and off-road engine warranties.
Congress will soon hold a hearing on a bill that proposes to provide complete liability protection for ethanol producers, oil companies, gas station owners and others for damage caused to engines by E15 – or any other motor fuel.
That doesn’t make any sense to us here at EWG Action Fund. Congress needs to hear from you right now that any bill it considers should protect the American consumer – not Big Oil.
Join The Environmental Working Group and tell your members of Congress not to protect the oil and ethanol companies instead of protecting consumers. They need to hear from you before this week’s hearing!
Two studies by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have found that E15 may cause valves to crack, certain air emissions to increase, engine temperatures to rise and fuel efficiency to fall.
Using E15 can have serious ramifications and void your warranty. And if this bill passes, you would have no recourse for engine damage caused by E15.
EWG Action Fund wants to make sure consumers are protected. We need your help fighting legislation introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate. Congress needs to hear that oil companies shouldn’t be afforded more protections than the American people. Experience with MTBE, a gasoline additive notorious for leaking from underground storage tanks and contaminating drinking water, should serve as a cautionary tale.