HR0312 – Ethanol blends above 10% suspended due to engine wear & total engine failure #renewable #energy #news

May 4, 2013
HOUSE RESOLUTION

 
2     WHEREAS, The Environmental Protection Agency has
3 identified gasoline blended with ethanol levels above E10 as
4 being harmful to motor vehicles prior to 2001 models; the EPA's
5 national mandate provides a waiver for E15 gasoline to be used
6 only in motor vehicles manufactured after 2000; and 
 
7     WHEREAS, A study of marine engines, a barometer for engines
8 in pre-2001 motor vehicles, showed that the use of E15
9 gasoline, levels of ethanol at only half of the E30 fuels that
10 some are encouraging the use of, caused total engine failure,
11 misfires, and poor running quality; test engines were unable to
12 run properly and dependably on E15; and 
 
13     WHEREAS, A survey by the American Automotive Association
14 (AAA) found that E15 may cause consumer confusion, void
15 warranties, and contribute to vehicle damage; the AAA survey
16 found that only 12 million out of the 240 million light-duty
17 vehicles on the roads today are approved by manufacturers to
18 use E15; 5 manufacturers stated their warranties would not
19 cover fuel-related claims caused by E15, and 8 additional
20 manufacturers stated that E15 did not comply with fuel
21 requirements in owners' manuals and may void warranty coverage;
22 AAA's automotive engineering experts believe that sustained
23 use of E15 could result in costly problems such as accelerated

 

 

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1 engine wear and failure, fuel-system damage, and false "check
2 engine" lights in some cars; 95% of consumers surveyed were not
3 familiar with E15, indicating a strong likelihood of consumer
4 confusion leading to misfueling; and 
 
5     WHEREAS, Senate Bill 52, currently pending in the Illinois
6 General Assembly, would exacerbate the proliferation of
7 harmful fuels by creating incentives for the sale of gasohol
8 blended at E20 and E30 levels; the EPA allows the use of E15
9 gasoline in very limited situations, but E20 and E30 blended
10 fuels are not legal for use in any engines; Senate Bill 52
11 wrongly encourages the sale and use of a type of fuel that is
12 not legally allowed to be sold and used; and 
 
13     WHEREAS, Both E10 and E85 (for flex-fuel vehicles) blended
14 fuels provide options for consumers that do not cause the
15 problems other forms of fuels do; 95% of gasoline sold in the
16 United States is E10; therefore, be it 
 
17     RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE
18 NINETY-EIGHTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that
19 we urge Congress to suspend the sale of gasoline blended with
20 ethanol at levels above E10 until motorists are better
21 protected; and be it further 
 
22     RESOLVED, That suitable copies of this resolution be


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