Sensenbrenner polls small engine manufacturers about E15 gas

    U.S. James Sensenbrenner, R-Menomonee Falls, said he has sent letters to small engine manufacturers to examine the effect that 15 percent ethanol blend gasoline (E15) would have on their products.
    “The EPA decided to allow E15 into the marketplace without considering the dangerous effect that it could have on small gasoline-based engines, which Americans use every day,” Sensenbrenner said. “Consumers could easily use E15 fuel in lawnmowers, ATVs, or motorcycles, without knowing that it hasn’t been approved for these engines and could cause serious damage. This is why many small engine makers have been outspoken against E15. I recently sent letters to major U.S. auto makers to determine the effects of E15 on their vehicles. Thus far, automakers have overwhelming complained that E15 will damage engines, void warranties, and decrease fuel economy. Congress has recognized the absurdity of subsidizing the ethanol industry, but the EPA is moving in the opposite direction to achieve its own political agenda. If E15 is harmful to engines and costly for consumers, EPA shouldn’t approve it for the marketplace.”
    – BizTimes Milwaukee

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