East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition
Proposed Amendments to the Fuel Rating Rule, FTC File No. R811005
The FTC's proposed warning statement for Alternative Fuels containing ethanol, "MAY HARM SOME VEHICLES," is a gross misrepresentation of the fuel, and discourages the use of the fuel, which is the exact opposite of the intended purpose of the American Energy Independence and Security Act. Ultimately, it will confuse the consumer and disincentivize use of the fuel. Furthermore, this same statement could be posted on every fuel pump in the United States and be equally true, for diesel will harm some engines (e.g. gasoline engines), gasoline will harm some engines (e.g. diesel engines), and so on. Growth Energy's recommendation of posting, "For Flex Fuel Vehicles Only" is much more to the point and clear, and DOES NOT put a negative spin on the statement as the FTC's does. An octane rating should be included on the label. Last but not least, a label should be designed that allows for easily placing another blend level there (if 30% ethanol becomes a big issue 5 years down the road). Thank you for listening.