Oil Group Says EPA May Raise Ethanol Quota Based on E85 Demand

The Environmental Protection Agency may raise the mandate for renewable fuels based on the analysis that 85 percent ethanol fuel is a viable option for the increased adoption of those fuels, the American Petroleum Institute said in a statement today.

The group, which represents oil producers and refiners, opposes the mandate and has urged the EPA to stick to the limited mandate it proposed last year.

“EPA has shown more concern regarding mandating a market for fuels for which there is no demand, than it has for protecting the fuels for which actual consumers have shown a substantial demand,” Bob Greco, the downstream director for the Washington-based group, said in a prepared statement. “The administration seems to be playing politics with” the rule.

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