Big Oil joins farmers, biofuel groups to
tout more ethanol in U.S. fuel
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[November 23, 2022]
By Stephanie Kelly
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A group of oil, renewable fuel and farm trade
organizations have joined together for the first time to voice support
for U.S. legislation that would expand nationwide of E15, a higher
ethanol-gasoline blend, according to a letter from the group.
A gas pump selling E15, a gasoline with 15
percent of ethanol, is seen in Mason City, Iowa, United States, May 18,
2015. REUTERS/Jim Young
Organizations including the American Petroleum Institute (API),
Renewable Fuels Association and the National Farmers Union wrote
to congressional leaders to urge them to adopt legislation that
would effectively lift restrictions on E15 sales.
API's support is a win for the biofuel and farm groups because
the oil industry has at times resisted efforts to expand the
market for ethanol.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) anti-smog regulations
restrict summertime sales of E15, even though research has shown
the higher percentage blend may not increase smog relative to
the 10% blend called E10 that is now sold year-round.
Reuters reported this month that API began cooperating with the
biofuels trade group after governors from major corn-producing
Midwestern states requested the EPA allow for expanded sales of
E15 in their states. The governors' proposal raised oil industry
concerns about fuel regulations differing from state to state.
"By ensuring uniformity across the nation's fuel supply chain,
federal legislation will provide more flexibility and result in
more consistent outcomes than a state-by-state regulatory
landscape," the groups said in a letter dated Monday.
Expanding national sales of E15 would also resolve long-standing
differences among the groups about the fuel regulations, the
(Reporting by Stephanie Kelly; Editing by David Gregorio)
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