The Senior Vice President for the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), Ron Lamberty today blasted the American Petroleum Institute (API) for the oil groups’ latest attack on E15 fuel.
Lamberty says the latest interpretations from API on the Coordinating Research Council (CRC) test results should not scare consumers away from using E15.
“This is just another ghost story, told by people who stand to lose market share when consumers finally have access to E15. We shouldn’t be surprised at Big Oil’s latest attempt to scare consumers - they’ve shown no shame in twisting test results to protect their market share. There is a reason that the oil companies don’t want E15 and it has everything to do
with protecting the bottom line and nothing to do with protecting consumers.” Lamberty said.
“Today’s press conference did, however, prove what API and Big Oil are really trying to protect. They showed their true motives when they used this unscientific study as some sort of “proof” that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) should be repealed. Ethanol is gaining a larger share of a shrinking U.S. gasoline market, and Big Oil will stop at nothing to protect their huge profits,” said Lamberty. “The idea of farmers and ethanol producers taking more market share via E15
is what truly haunts the oil industry. Big Oil’s refusal to comply with the RFS isn’t proof the RFS doesn’t work - it’s proof they don’t want it to work, because they don’t want to compete for consumers’ fuel dollars.”