AAA Leaves E15 Facts Stranded on the Roadside

This morning, the AAA released a statement that the EPA should re-evaulate its approval of E15. The call to action was based on a recent survey conducted by AAA. The results found, “a strong likelihood of consumer confusion and the potential for voided warranties and vehicle damage.” The press release went on to state, “An overwhelming 95 percent of consumers surveyed have not heard of E15, a newly approved gasoline blend that contains up to 15 percent ethanol. With little consumer knowledge about E15 and less than five percent of cars on the road approved by automakers to use the fuel, AAA is urging regulators and the industry to stop the sale of E15 until motorists are better protected.”

The ethanol industry came out in response to the survey and subsequent press release and Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy said the survey lacked any substantive research or facts, has no scientific basis and is noting more than “hollow criticism lacking any facts to back up the irresponsible claims.”

E15 is the most tested fuel to date and the Department of Energy (DOE), a true expert on the matter has studied the fuel extensively, more than six million miles, coming to the conclusion that, “the resulting Energy Department data showed no statistically significant loss of vehicle performance (emissions, fuel economy, and maintenance issues) attributable to the use of E15 fuel compared to straight gasoline,’” added Buis.

The industry has expressed frustration with the associations attitudes toward ethanol. Prior to the sale of the fuel, a retailer must provide adequate warning information to consumers to ensure only vehicles and light duty trucks manufactured after 2001 use the ethanol blend. It is estimated that nearly 80 percent of the vehicles on the road could use E15.

“If AAA weren’t so deep in the Big Oil politics, they would stop manufacturing concern about the efficacy of ethanol blend use and report enthusiastically about ethanol’s consumer gasoline price savings,” said Bob Dinneen, CEO And President of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). “Their misplaced concern today, that E15 should be further tested before being offered for sale reflects a pathetic ignorance of EPA’s unprecedented test program before approving E15 for commercial use. The miles driven on E15 equate to 12 round trips to the moon and back without a single failure, unless you want to count the deer that was killed on the test track! E15 is a safe fuel, as evidenced by the fact auto manufacturers are now providing warranty coverage for it.”

5 thoughts on “AAA Leaves E15 Facts Stranded on the Roadside

  1. The cryers and the whiners. Where are the leaders? No one who might have greater influence (than this comment will likely muster) seems to be siezing the critical moment and stopping to ask the question, “Why is AAA doing this?” Survey shmurvey! AAA provides insurance policies. A claim (i.e. service call, towing) costs them money albeit usually indirectly. Nonetheless, a dramtic rise in claims is not good for business. Why does AAA have this unsubstantiated fear? An effective response may be to ask the question and educate those at AAA in a manner to allay thier concerns and draw an about-face. Let’s not simply assume and chalk it all up to a supposed one-way trip into oil politics.

    btw, grammatical editing of this release as those previous is in order. My services are available.

  2. It is so believable, just shows how much power and influence BIG OIL has. I’ve never been a member of AAA and don’t plan to be with this attitude.

  3. I have been AAA member for 45 years, but this takes the cake. I am sure hoping they thought about what they said, because I assume they will lose membership with the loose lips sink ships mentality.

  4. Oh I forgot, AAA never said a thing in South Dakota this spring,when retailers we selling 85 and lower grade octane about vehicle warranties, which the manufacturers own manual says anything below 87 octane is a problem. Glad they are so consistently inconsistent!! Verry loose with the facts.

  5. Left AAA because of their Big Oil politics and anti-environment positions several years ago! Found a totally acceptable replacement in Better World Club
    (http://www.betterworldclub.com) whose policies more closely align with a healthy world.