Fight over allowing 15% ethanol blend heats up with petition filed with U.S. Supreme Court

A fight over increasing the amount of ethanol in gasoline has heated up with a trade group representing Wisconsin’s small-engine makers filing a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court.The Engine Products Group, representing automobile manufacturers, small-engine makers, and marine-engine companies, has challenged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to allow the sale of gasoline containing 15% ethanol for newer cars and trucks.Advocates say raising the amount of ethanol in gasoline from the current 10% blend to 15% reduces the nation’s dependence on foreign oil, lowers the price of fuel and is good for the environment.Critics say the 15% blend could cause engine failures in older vehicles. They also say it could lower gas mileage and void warranties of air-cooled engines used in outdoor power equipment and motorcycles.The Engine Products Group has asked the Supreme Court to review a Court of Appeals decision that blocked a lawsuit aimed at stopping implementation of the 15% blend in gasoline pumps.

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