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AutoBlog: Feds punt on E15 waiver decision, want to test ethanol's effect on more cars

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There is some ethanol in almost all of the gasoline sold in the U.S. Usually, this amount is no more than 10 percent of the total and, if it's more than that, it jumps all the way to 85 percent and is sold as E85. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was supposed to come down on one side or the other today of a possible increase across the board to 15 percent that Growth Energy and 54 ethanol manufacturers asked for, but instead announced that it needs more time.

The EPA has been looking at the E15 issue all year and investigating all sorts of issues, but there are a lot of moving parts in this sort of decision. Everyone from farmers and their subsidies to grow the corn used to make most of the ethanol sold today to car makers who have tuned their engines to run on E10 but not E15 want to have their say. The EPA has heard the comments, and now says that it needs more time to test E15 in vehicles. Right now, it thinks that any vehicle built after 2001 will burn E15 just fine, but there are a lot of older vehicles still on the road. Cash For Clunkers didn't get all of them off the road, after all. A decision is now expected in mid-June 2010.

The postponement was met with approval by the Alliance of Automobile Manufactures, which said they want more government testing "to prove that increasing the allowable ethanol blend limit will not harm vehicle emissions, performance, and durability." Read their full statement after the jump.

[source: Reuters, Auto Allliance | Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images]

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The gas station I use doesn't use any ethanol in their gas right now, but I can tell when I stop somewhere than does because I always get 2-3 less mpg then normal. I could be imagining it, but I think it also seemed like it robbed some power from my Jeep. Only noticed it when I was moving back to Wyoming in August and it was loaded to the brim with my mom, dog, and an apartment full of stuff...

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Before they waste time on this (similar to the "Oxygenzed gas" BS a decade ago), they should get us a E85 infrastructure from coast to coast. I'd rather just convert my car at that point to E85, which when burned properly has a high octane than racing gas. E85 takes more liquid to get the same power, but you can tune it. E15 is just going to make E10 or "E0" cars run like crap.

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