New bill on E15 gives big oil companies ‘get out of jail free’ card
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Legislation introduced yesterday in both the U.S. House and Senate would provide liability protection for oil companies, gas retailers and engine manufacturers against any engine damage resulting from consumers’ use of E15, a gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol. The bill, known as the “Domestic Fuels Act of 2012,” would encourage the transition of E15 into the U.S. marketplace despite overwhelming evidence that the fuel will severely damage small engines, void consumer warranties and pollute drinking water.
Michal Rosenoer, biofuels policy campaigner at Friends of the Earth, had the following statement in response:
“The Big Oil and ethanol industries are making billions, while parents can’t afford to get their kids to school. We’re already subsidizing Big Oil with billions of taxpayer dollars and mandating the use of polluting, inefficient corn ethanol in our fuel. Now some members of Congress want to excuse oil companies from paying for the damage caused by this dirty fuel and stick American consumers with the bill.
“Senator Hoeven, Representative Shimkus and others in Congress seem more concerned with safeguarding oil company profits than protecting millions of Americans from a fuel that will damage their engines, void warranties and harm the environment.”