The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) is dismissing concerns raised by the American Automobile Association (AAA) over the usage of E15 blends in most motor vehicles. ACE Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty says the warning from AAA is inaccurate and irresponsible. “AAA has always had a bias against ethanol, so in that respect, this is not surprising. But in this situation, they appear to be relying on a study funded and supervised by Big Oil, while they are apparently unaware of three years and six million miles of testing by EPA, the Department of Energy, and other federal labs that do not have a financial stake in the outcome. Either that, or they are aware of the federal testing that showed no problems running E15 in the approved vehicles, and have chosen to ignore it” said Lamberty.
The automotive group warned its members in an email message today that E15 usage could damage vehicles and void car warranties. “You would also think that AAA would have a better understanding of automobile warranties, and would defend their members from possible fraud by car dealers who want to avoid making warranty repairs. Not even the Big Oil study suggests any engines would have any kind of actual “break down.” Statements like this one – that ignore the huge volume of evidence that proves E15 is safe – amount to AAA providing cover for unscrupulous mechanics who want to charge motorists for expensive repairs that were never made.” Lamberty said.
“I don’t think it’s a coincidence that this statement came out during a week when lobbying groups for both Big Oil and Big Food have started up their latest PR campaign against ethanol. The price of oil is down, and Big Oil is spending tens of millions trying to eliminate competition, while Big Food is turning the drought into an opportunity to increase prices and pad their bottom lines.” said Lamberty.