WASHINGTON, DC, FEBRUARY 7, 2012 – The Association of Global Automakers (Global Automakers) is pleased with the House Science, Space and Technology Committee’s passage today of H.R. 3199, a bill that requires a comprehensive assessment of the scientific and technical research on the implications of mid-level ethanol blends in gasoline.
While the Association generally supports the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) actions with regard to a harmonized national program for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles, it believes the EPA prematurely granted partial waivers permitting gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol (E15) to be used in 2001 model year and newer vehicles and engines. There is insufficient evidence to support using E15 in the current vehicle fleet which raises the potential for serious safety, emissions, and performance problems. This bill would require the EPA and the National Academy of Sciences to conduct necessary scientific and technical analysis on the implications of introducing mid-level ethanol blends into the marketplace before EPA moves forward with registering such fuels.
Global Automakers continues to support the use of alternative fuels, including ethanol. However, it is our view that before any new fuel is introduced into the marketplace for use in current vehicles and engines not warranted or certified for such fuel, that comprehensive, independent and objective scientific testing should be completed.
Prior to today’s markup, the Association submitted a letter to the Committee’s Vice Chairman, Congressman James Sensenbrenner, expressing its strong support of H.R. 3199.
The Association of Global Automakers represents international motor vehicle manufacturers, original equipment suppliers, and other automotive-related trade associations. We work with industry leaders, legislators, and regulators to create the kind of public policy that improves vehicle safety, encourages technological innovation, and protects our planet. Our goal is to foster a competitive environment in which more vehicles are designed and built to enhance Americans’ quality of life. For more information, visitwww.globalautomakers.org.
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