Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union, issued a statement after the Association of Global Automakers (AGA) asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a rule to prevent the phase-out of E10 in favor of the newly E15. Johnson said that his group is disappointed in the AGA's decision to question the E15 decision:
“NFU is disappointed that the AGA and a coalition of automobile and engine product manufacturers has chosen to call into question EPA's decision to allow E15 use in 2001 and newer vehicles.
“After significant scientific review and testing, the EPA came to the right conclusion by allowing vehicles manufactured beginning in 2001 to utilize E15. Study after study has shown that higher blends are safe for automotive use and do not result in operability or drivability issues.
“E15 will help America reduce its dependence on foreign oil. Moving to E15 will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by eight million tons per year, which is the equivalent of taking 1.35 million vehicles off the road.
“The higher ethanol blend rate also saves people money. Between 1995 and 2007, ethanol production caused retail gas prices to be between 17 and 40 cents lower than they would have been otherwise, according to the Center for Agriculture and Rural Development at Iowa State University. That means every American household is saving $210 to $642 every year thanks to ethanol.
“We are confident that with proper labeling requirements, which are currently under development at EPA, motorists will have no difficulty determining which fuel is correct for their vehicle.
“It is time for the auto industry to support rural America and keep money here in the U.S. NFU calls for greater investment in infrastructure capacity to deliver renewable energy to consumers.”