This is the final version of EPA’s E15 label, to be stuck on any and all gas pumps that vend the 15-percent ethanol blend:
Inasmuch as my car is a 2000 model, I know to avoid this stuff. (I don’t buy that much E10 anymore, now that Homeland is selling proper E0 at its next-to-the-grocery C-stores.)
Manufacturers of gear that barely tolerates E10, let alone E15, apparently think this label is insufficient:
The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), along with automakers and marine manufacturers, today announced a formal legal challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “Regulation to Mitigate Misfueling” rule which was meant to address concerns about 15 percent ethanol blends and non-road products and older model-year vehicles.
OPEI and partner groups maintain that EPA’s weak labeling effort is completely inadequate to protect consumers and avoid potential misfueling and damage to millions of legacy products not designed to run on any ethanol fuel higher than E10.
Then again, they may have a point:
As the EPA led the transition to unleaded fuels, the Agency reported a misfueling rate of nearly 15 percent almost ten years after the introduction of unleaded gasoline — even with a physical barrier at the pump.
“EPA even denied our petition to mandate the continued availability of E10, so consumers will still be able to purchase E10 at their local gasoline stations. Consumers are really on their own at this point, and we just think that is unfair and potentially harmful from both a safety and economic perspective,” said [OPEI president Kris] Kiser.
This is far more defense of E10 than I would have expected, given the conventional wisdom, which says that E10 will turn your expensive machine into an inert lump of slag.
My idea of a plan would be to get individual states to pass, say, a 30-cent-per-gallon tax on E10, rising to 45 cents on E15 and proportionately thereafter for anything else the Renewable Fuels Institute is able to
bribe persuade Washington to do. As wiser men than those in government can tell you, to get less of something, you tax it.