EPA and DOE have the most complete and comprehensive E-15 data available, yet the big money oil wins out again....
Message Posted: Apr 2, 2013 9:55:44 AM
What a crock!
Representatives from the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy should have been invited to testify at a hearing examining potential problems from EPA's allowing gasoline with a 15% ethanol blend into the US market, the ranking minority member of a US House Science, Space, and Technology subcommittee suggested.
Witnesses representing the Coordinating Research Council, American Automobile Association, and National Motorcycle Association all told the committee's Environment subcommittee that tests EPA asked DOE to conduct did not adequately address potential hazards of widespread E15 use.
"Although I agree that EPA should not base decisions on incomplete information, neither should this committee," Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) said in her opening statement.
Bonamici expressed concern that the American Petroleum Institute and automakers funded research being used to refute EPA's science leading up to its decision to grant E15 waivers. "Also, because [DOE] conducted the research on which EPA based its decision, it's important to note that the majority invited neither [DOE] nor [EPA] to discuss the science and extensive testing on which EPA based its decision," she said.
Democrats were given adequate opportunity to invite an additional witness, according to the subcommittee's vice-chairman Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), who ran the hearing.
Witness Mike Leister, a CRC board member and a senior fuels policy advisor at Marathon Petroleum Corp., confirmed that the research organization gets about two thirds of its funding from API and automakers, with the remainder coming from outside organizations on a project-by-project basis.
[Edited by: Hannie59 at 4/2/2013 9:58:11 AM EST]