API, NPRA, and ethanol

The chemistry of vehicle fuel is complex, the politics contentious. Few subjects are more important to US consumers, more challenging for government decision-makers, or generally less understood. The muddle only deepens when the oil and gas industry's two main trade associations affected disagree over an important question involving gasoline.That's the situation now, as Congress revives the comprehensive energy legislation it failed to pass last year. The issue is ethanol. The trade associations in conflict over ethanol are the American Petroleum Institute and National Petrochemical & Refiners Association.Economics vs. politicsIf the economics of vehicle fuel prevailed, ethanol wo...

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