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AAA Warns Consumers About E15

Friday, November 30, 2012

USA Today reports American Automobile Association (AAA) has warned today that gasoline blended with up to 15 percent ethanol (E15) could cause car damage.

"It is clear that millions of Americans are unfamiliar with E15, which means there is a strong possibility that many may improperly fill up using this gasoline and damage their vehicle," AAA President and CEO Robert Darbelnet told the newspaper. "Bringing E15 to the market without adequate safeguards does not responsibly meet the needs of consumers."

USA Today writes,

“AAA -- in an unusual warning for a travel organization -- says the sale and use of E15 should be stopped until there is more-extensive testing, better pump labels to safeguard consumers and more consumer education about potential hazards.”

The article also notes that BMW, Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota and VW have said their warranties will not cover fuel-related claims caused by E15.

Earlier this year, EWG analysts created an Ethanol Blends Guide and Fact Sheet to advance consumer safety and help drivers choose the right fuel for their vehicles.

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New research funded by the U.S. Defense Department shows that ethanol mandates contribute to higher food prices, fueling unrest around the globe.

Ending “direct payments” would have little impact on farm households, according to USDA economists. Net farm income is forecast to be $114 billion in 2012, up from $85 billion in 2008.

Politico reports Secretary Tom Vilsack met with congressional agriculture committee leaders to push for a 5-year farm bill by the end of the year.

Los Angeles Times editorial urges the Obama administration to implement all of the sweeping changes of the Food Safety Modernization Act that was signed into law two years ago.

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