The Obama administration on Tuesday formally told refiners to blend 16.55 billion gallons of renewable fuels into the nation’s gasoline supply this year, while paring some targets that the oil industry had criticized as too ambitious.
A fight between oil giants and the ethanol industry is escalating, as a new oil industry study says ethanol in fuel will hurt consumers and the economy, and ethanol producers say oil producers and refiners simply want to protect their market.
Automobile manufacturers and the oil industry on Tuesday released the results of laboratory tests showing that gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol caused auto parts to fail. But ethanol backers swiftly criticized the study.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry today asked federal regulators to relax the renewable fuel standard, joining four other states that have also asked for waivers amid a drought that has ravaged corn crops in the Midwest.
Automakers and the oil industry released a report today that casts doubt on the safety of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol and shows that at least some engines running the fuel suffered damage during recent testing.
Over the objections of refiners and automakers, the Environmental Protection Agency today endorsed the use of higher ethanol-blended fuel in passenger cars manufactured in the past 10 years. (AP file photo/Matt Rourke)
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