For Lower Gasoline Prices, We Need E100 Engines, Not the Keystone XL Pipeline
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich., March 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — That was the message the E100 Ethanol Group (E100EG) gave to a panel of EPA/NHTSA officials at a hearing on the proposed 2017-2025 fuel economy standards in San Francisco on January 24th.
Throughout recorded history, the only force that has lowered the price of a monopoly priced commodity is competition. Gasoline is such a commodity.
Supporters of the XL pipeline and increased drilling assume we have to keep using gasoline to power our 250 million light duty (LD) vehicles. This is untrue.
Ethanol is a powerful motor fuel in its own right (witness the Indianapolis 500).
An E100 vehicle is one whose engine has been optimized for ethanol, not gasoline. At the same power level, this engine would have better mileage than gasoline. The ethanol would be sold directly to retail service stations bypassing the pricing control of the oil companies.
E100 costs less than gasoline so customers would flock to these vehicles. We would have direct price competition for motor fuel for the first time in the history of the United States.
The proposed 54.5 mpg standard will not make the U.S. independent of imported crude.
In 2026, we will still be importing 74% of the crude oil we imported in 2011.
The ethanol would be made from crop stover or any cellulose containing waste. CO2 emissions would be lowered dramatically since we would be using carbon already above ground to make motor fuel. Reducing the amount of new carbon brought up from underground is the key to reducing global warming.
Mandating E100 optimized engines would create hundreds of thousands of permanent jobs to make the ethanol, not just the 6,500 temporary jobs to build the XL pipeline.
Brazil went to E100 vehicles years ago. Their economy does not suffer through the constant rise and fall of gasoline prices. Every motor fuel dispenser in Brazil offers gasoline and E100.
The E100EG asked the EPA/NHTSA panel to apply the proposed fuel economy standards to only 50% of the new LD vehicle fleet and to mandate the other 50% be E100 flex/fuel vehicles.
This suggestion would assure complete independence from imported crude oil, cut CO2 emissions by 700 million tons/yr, and secure hundreds of thousands of new permanent jobs.
SOURCE E100 Ethanol Group