Watching Government: A failed compromise

It isn't often that Friends of the Earth and the petroleum industry agree. But they both thought that the US Environmental Protection Agency was wrong when it decided on Oct. 13 to raise the allowable limit of ethanol in gasoline to 15% for 2007 model year or newer cars and trucks."EPA's decision is premature and irresponsible," declared Kate McMahon, biofuels campaign coordinator at the environmental organization. "While today's ruling limits E15 to use in newer engines for the time being, the agency has yet to conclude comprehensive scientific testing on the long-term engine safety and pollution impacts of increased ethanol in gasoline—period."The group called ...

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