AAA Holds Fast to E15 Position

The American Automobile Association (AAA) has taken a position against the use of E15 for all motorists despite the fact that E15 is the most tested fuel in American history. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the use of E15 for cars and light duty trucks manufactured in 2001 or later. In addition, the EPA has put safeguards in place for retailers before they are legally allowed to sell the ethanol blend to ensure motorists use the fuel correctly.

ace logoToday, Senior Vice President of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Ron Lamberty charged AAA with “unnecessarily alarming motorists” and having a double standard between ethanol and oil based fuels, in a letter sent to AAA President Robert Darbelnet. In the letter, Lamberty questions AAA’s stand on E15 and points out its silence on non-approved low-octane fuel being sold in states like Colorado and South Dakota.

Lamberty points out in the letter that, “The hypocrisy of turning a blind eye and most likely allowing people to shorten the lives of their vehicles by using unapproved and untested oil-company produced sub-octane gasoline for decades, while loudly attacking thoroughly tested and approved E15 when only a few stations are offering it for sale, is quite unbecoming for an organization that claims it puts the best interests of the American motorist first.”

“Furthermore,” wrote Lambery, “making “recommendations” about E15 based on oil-industry funded and directed “studies,” while ignoring millions of miles of federal government laboratory testing showing E15 is safe for cars and light trucks manufactured in 2001 and later (some of which now have owners’ manuals that list E15 as an approved fuel) is indefensible.”

You can Lamberty’s letter to AAA by clicking here.

6 thoughts on “AAA Holds Fast to E15 Position

  1. This is the type of pressure that needs to be applied. AAA must be called to task for their position. Nice job, Ron Lamberty! But, if necessary, we needn’t stop here. There are plenty of other roadside assistance providers out there, such as that from GM, who have a legitimate appreciation of ethanol.

  2. President Robert Darbelnet should ride in a ten year old car using E20 to prove a point and show him how idiotic his leadership is.

  3. The author of the AAA article has a Masters in Communication. I also had a conference call with both the author and one of AAA engineers and this article as well as others by SEMA do not follow fact but follows the money.

    When the ethanol industry can finally capitalize on the Clean High Octane message, teach the average person that octane matters and will matter much more in the future, we will have a great story to tell. Future vehicles running on E30 and getting better mileage than cars of today at better emissions levels is a story we need to be telling everyone.

  4. If AAA really wanted to make points with the general public they would be doing more than just talking about this condition. They need to file an injunction (bringing legal action) against those pushing E15 on the public. There are many older cars that will not be able to use this material; therefore, will go to the junkyard. Based on the current economy, people need to keep there car as long as they can. Certainly high assistance will be needed for those older cars and AAA can gain market share if they handle this right…standing up for jo-public.

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