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Conservatively Speaking

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

Here comes more ethanol

Ethanol


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has decided to allow up to 15 percent ethanol in gas for cars made after 2007. Currently, gasoline contains up to 10 percent ethanol.

Ethanol
Photo: NPR

Concerns are already being raised. The Wall Street Journal reports:

Auto makers and oil marketers have expressed concern that use of gasoline with higher ethanol content may harm engines, particularly in older models, leaving a big bill to honor vehicle warranties. Some leisure boat owners--who already use a higher ethanol/gasoline blend--are already suing fuel suppliers. Refiners can choose to buy credits to meet the government's existing renewable fuels mandate instead of blending more ethanol into their mix. Gasoline stations will have to ensure that fuel dispensers, pipes and tanks are certified for use with the higher ethanol usage or replace them to avoid potential lawsuits for any vehicle damage. Pumps will have to be clearly labeled as E10 (for a 10% ethanol blend) or E15 (for 15% blend) but that may not be enough to prevent misfueling, industry associations said.”

Adding to worries is that ethanol demand creates competition between food and fuel.

The newspaper also reports that ethanol producers gave only “a cautious welcome’ to the EPA news. One trade group official that supports alternative fuels admits the jury is still on E15.

Read more here.

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