According to a new poll, US consumers feel that E15 should be available year-round at the pump, scrapping the summer barrier on the fuel.
Each summer, from 1 June to 15 September, fuel stations across the US are forced to stop sales of E15 fuel blends. This is part of EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) attempts to regulate ozone emissions.
Earlier this year, 18 US Senators signed a letter calling for EPA administrator Scott Pruitt to allow 15% ethanol blends to be sold year round. Meanwhile, earlier in April, President Donald Trump said he’d ‘probably, probably’ permit year-round E15 sales.
Last week, Morning Consult conducted a poll of 1996 registered voters. The poll asked:
“Do you think the federal government should or should not allow E15 blends to be sold year-round?”
Of the responders, 79.5% said E15 ethanol should be sold year around.
“EPA Administrator Pruitt leaves no stone unturned when it comes to addressing the grievances of the oil industry, most recently by printing $34 million worth of artificial RIN credits and handing them over to refining company HollyFrontier like a welfare check,” said Renewable Fuel Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen, in response to the poll.
“Farmers are tired of subsidising some of the wealthiest companies in the country. It’s time for Scott Pruitt’s wholesale destruction of the RFS to end. It’s time for EPA to follow the law and the direction of the president. It’s time for EPA to create biofuel demand by eliminating this antiquated regulatory barrier and empower consumers to make the fuel choices that are best for their cars and wallets,” Dinneen added.