AAA Applauds Potential Renewable-Fuel Scaleback

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Increased ethanol mandates, says AAA, could lead increased costs for drivers.
National Journal
Alex Brown
Oct. 28, 2013, 9:18 a.m.

Auto club AAA warned Monday that eth­an­ol in­creases as part of the re­new­able-fuel stand­ard could spike gas prices and dam­age en­gines, The Hill re­ports.

The man­dated yearly in­crease in eth­an­ol levels, the group said, could res­ult in blends that are harm­ful to cars and void war­ranties. “There is a real op­por­tun­ity to put mo­tor­ists first in what has been a very con­ten­tious dis­agree­ment between vari­ous in­dus­tries,” said AAA Pres­id­ent Bob Dar­bel­net.

He also voiced his sup­port for a po­ten­tial de­crease in 2014 levels, which the En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion Agency is re­portedly con­sid­er­ing. “It is great news to hear that the EPA is con­sid­er­ing a RFS pro­pos­al that would sup­port this homegrown al­tern­at­ive while ac­know­ledging the in­ab­il­ity to achieve an out­dated man­date,” he said.

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