Proposed Amendments to the Fuel Rating Rule, FTC File No. R811005
The proposed FTC pump label for mid grade ethanol blends is ambiguous and unfair. The phrase "may harm some vehicles" is particlarly omninous and alarming for consumers. The phrase "flex fuel vehicles only" would be more appropriate. While millions of gallons of oil are spilling into the gulf of Mexico and Americans are in the Persian Gulf defending oil fields from terorists and shipping lanes from pirates, we need our labels to encourage the use of more environmentally friendly domestic fuel choices whenever possible. The ethanol octane rating should also be prominently displayed on any label, just like any other gasoline product. Gasoline companies charge premium prices for higher octane blends and ethanol does not get the credit for boosting octane it deserves. If you want to post warnings on what fuel product to use for a particular vehicle, the warning should go on the gas cap of the specific vehicle not on a fuel pump designed for multiple vehicles. Get this done. Get it right. And get it done now. Let's move forward to a new generation of better fuels and vehicles to take advantage of them. Mid grade ethanol blends are needed now.