Growth Energy: AAA gets it wrong again

By Growth Energy | August 04, 2015

Recently the American Automobile Association filed comments concerning the U.S. EPA’s renewable fuel standard (RFS) renewable volume obligation (RVO) proposed rule for 2014 through 2016. Once again, AAA has shown its ignorance on issues when it comes to the importance of consumer choice, American jobs and homegrown fuel.

Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, noted, “AAA is failing in its mission to look out for the best interests of the consumer. By aligning itself with the oil companies and actively opposing E15, the most tested fuel to date that is less expensive, renewable and a homegrown alternative that offers motorists a choice and savings at the pump, it is showing its true oil-soaked agenda.”

Buis added, “E15 is the most tested fuel ever. The Department of Energy tested 86 vehicles, totaling over 6 million miles without any issues regarding engine performance or durability. Furthermore, NASCAR has used E15 for five years, racing nearly 8 million miles in its top three series. To say that ‘E15 is not ready for prime time’ shows AAA’s ignorance about the value-added properties of increased octane, which helps boost engine performance, and reduces emissions, as well as and the benefits that come along with producing E15, such as increased American jobs, a cleaner environment, reduced dependence on foreign oil and a less expensive fuel for consumers.”

“But don’t just take my word—listen to experts in the field who have been working on cars for years,” he added. Gene Hammond and Mark Muncey, the co-owners of Association Motor Club Marketing, which services vehicle owners in all 50 states, have made clear their support for E15, noting they have never seen an issue with the fuel.

Hammond, who has worked in the auto club business for 40 years, said, “Not one of our over 18 million members has called us with a problem related to the new E15 fuel or any ethanol blend. Travelers Motor Club and Association Motor Club Marketing support the use of E15 in vehicles as a safe and affordable alternative to gasoline.”

Muncey, who has nearly 20 years of experience in the motor club business, said, “We decided to research the road service data from our members. Today, four years after EPA approved E15 and two years after AAA declared it was premature, we can say for certain that our members have not reported any problems with E15.”

Hammond concluded, “Our focus is on providing unmatched service to our motor club members, and in our eyes, real-world experience trumps a study paid for by opponents of ethanol every time. In addition to no service calls or complaints about E15, the fact is that winter gas line freeze problems have virtually disappeared due to the increased use of ethanol. If you drive a vehicle that has been approved for the use of E15, and want to try it, we encourage you to try it with confidence.”