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Big Oil Fights EPA 15% Ethanol Rule

Business is complicated. This week three Big Oil groups---the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association, the International Liquid Terminals Association, and the Western States Petroleum Association---asked District of Columbia U.S. Court of Appeals to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency's increase of the allowable ethanol blend in gasoline from 10% to 15%.

Who are these opponents of ethanol?

Both Senators John Thune and Tim Johnson support E-15. So does Rep. Kristi Noem. But maybe the ethanol industry is right: maybe they are the underdogs against the Big Oil interests that don't want competition.

One Comment

  1. tonyamert 2011.01.06

    I'm against ethanol. It's a ridiculous "fuel" for our cars, especially when made from corn.

    1. Net energy loser. Making 1 gallon of ethanol take more energy than it produces during combustion (from corn).
    2. Fertilizers used to grow corn are crude oil derivatives.
    3. We've been doing ethanol for 20+ years and it still requires massive subsidies. It doesn't look like it will ever be competitive.

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