House Panel Approval of Bill Blocking E15 Unnecessary

Legislation would further delay implementation of E15 by requiring 'more' testing.

Published on: Feb 8, 2012

The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s Energy and Environment Subcommittee has marked up E15 legislation which would require even more study of E15 blends and delay it use by consumers. 

According to Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen, to suggest more testing is needed is nothing more than a stall tactic that has but one outcome, the continued addiction to oil. Dinneen calls this bill a perfect example of Congress trying to address a problem that doesn't exist.  Understandably, concerns will be raised any time a new fuel is introduced.  The concerns raised, however, are largely superficial and do not require the intervention of Congress to resolve.

Representative James Sensenbrenner, R-Wisc., sponsored the bill passed Tuesday that would delay implementation of E15 until the Environmental Protection Agency conducts further studies. Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis calls the action unneeded and duplicative regulation. He also considers the legislation, sponsored by Representative James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, a waste of time and a waste of taxpayer dollars. Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis says Growth Energy filed a waiver to allow use of higher ethanol blends nearly three years ago.
"EPA and the Department of Energy have gone through extensive testing, more testing than any fuel change in the history of the Environmental Protection Agency for a waiver," Buis said. "Now at the last moment the Congressman and his committee want to delay it even further, another two years, we just find that unacceptable."

Growth Energy doesn’t believe the bill will get passed into law, but Buis says it still sets a bad tone. No fuel blend has been as thoroughly tested as E15 Buis says, and no fuel blend has undergone as much scrutiny as E15. He says Sensenbrenner wants to move the goal posts again.
"I find it ironic with all this talk about industries being overregulated Sensenbrenner and his committee has just added more regulation and more delay," Buis said. "It's great for OPEC and those who make money off of importing foreign oil but it's a bad story, at the wrong time, for the wrong reasons for America."

Buis says Growth Energy will be working with House and Senate members to ensure the legislation doesn’t advance.
According to Growth Energy, moving to E15 could help create as many as 136,000 jobs in the U.S. and eliminate 8 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from the air in one year. Growth Energy believes it’s important to allow EPA to continue their process and move forward.