Op-Ed: Big Oil Tells More Lies About Ethanol, Only Idiots Believe Them



In a move that should surprise no-one, the whining cry-baby rich-boys at Big Oil are butt-hurt over the latest federal court ruling that upholds the EPA’s E15 mandate. In a legal brief filed with the US Supreme Court, the American Petroleum Institute – a powerful, well-funded lobbyist group that represents more than 500 oil and natural gas companies – insisted that transportation fuels containing 15 percent ethanol (E15) could damage cars and trucks.

Should we believe them?

Obviously, the answer is a resounding “Haha! F**k no we should not!”

Let’s get one thing clear: the oil industry does not give one fat rat’s ass about the health, safety, future, or security of you, me, or anyone else. The horrible people involved in the oil industry have proven, again and again – from Washington DC to Canada to Saudi Arabia to the Mississippi Gulf – that lining their own pockets with cash is more important to them than the your continued health or your children’s clean drinking water. Still, that hasn’t stopped them from faking a concern for your safety.

That’s right kids, Big Oil would now have you believe that E15 is downright dangerous! Bob Greco, API’s director of downstream and industry operations said that a switch to E15 “could also put motorists in harm’s way when vehicles break down in the middle of a busy highway. We are asking the Supreme Court to step in and protect consumers by striking down EPA’s dangerous E15 mandate before it’s too late.”

Too late? Too late for what? OMG … they mean we might die! This scare-tactics-scumbag Bob “Greasy Pete” Greco is actually implying that switching to E15 is more likely to get you killed than toxic drinking water.

The worst part of all this is that there’s a bunch of 70-80s out there who probably believe this nonsense … and at least one or two of those idiots are already on the Supreme Court. *ahem* Thomas and Scalia *cough-cough*

Big Oil, in the guise of the API and GOP puppet groups like the AAPS, is spending untold millions and billions to fabricate whatever evidence they can to keep them from having to compete with any other fuels. They’re clearly running scared, since – even with petroleum’s massive government subsidies, many times more than ethanol – they’re not exactly winning the hearts and minds of young Americans.

Op-ed: Everyone working with the API in their bid to block ethanol fuels should die a scandalous, camel-driven, bestiality-related death somewhat sooner than later.


For those of you interested in reading things on your own and forming your own conclusions, I’ve included a number of links throughout this article, and the original text of the story is quoted, below. Enjoy!

The U.S. oil and gas industry on Tuesday bolstered its argument for the Supreme Court to strike down the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to allow a higher blend of ethanol in newer automobiles.

In a legal brief filed with the high court, the American Petroleum Institute, which represents 500 oil and natural gas companies, insisted that transportation fuels containing 15 percent ethanol could damage cars and trucks.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled last August that trade groups representing the automobile, food and other industries did not have sufficient grounds to challenge the use of the new blend known as E15. In response, API appealed to the Supreme Court in February. The high court could make a decision about whether to hear the case soon.

“E15 could leave millions of consumers with broken-down cars and high repair bills,” said Bob Greco, API’s director of downstream and industry operations. “It could also put motorists in harm’s way when vehicles break down in the middle of a busy highway. We are asking the Supreme Court to step in and protect consumers by striking down EPA’s dangerous E15 mandate before it’s too late.”

API’s brief was filed as a response to assertions by ethanol backers who have asked the Supreme Court to let the previous ruling stand.

The EPA, which approved the new blend in January 2011, gave the OK for it to go on sale last June. The blend, which has been approved for use in cars and light trucks built since 2000 but is banned from older vehicles and light equipment, has been slow to get off the ground. Only a few stations in the Midwest, including a half dozen in Iowa, have sold the E15 blend.

Ethanol groups said appeal to the Supreme Court was the latest sign of desperation by the oil and gas industry.

“API is basically presenting evidence to prove they will do whatever they can to keep from having to compete with any other fuels,” said Ron Lamberty, senior vice president for the American Coalition for Ethanol. “Big Oil will take any approach available to delay E15 implementation while continuing its public smear campaign against it.”

Source: DesMoines Register

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  • Jason Carpp

    Typical big corporation reactions to regulations: “Waaaah! Waaaah! I don’t wanna do that! Waaah!” Someone should tell these cry-babies to shut up and do what they’re told or Mama’s going to spank their bums.

    • Jo Borras

      LOL! I would pay $20 to watch the BP’s CEO get bare-bottom spanked by Hillary Clinton on Pay-per-View.

      • Jason Carpp

        LOL! Forget Hilary Clinton. How about someone who really cares about discipline.

  • UncleB

    When diesel fuel was 21 cents a gallon (and no. 1 Stove oil was half that) and gave twice or better the millage than gasoline, I spent the modest extra charge and bought a Diesel. Ran diesels right up to the point where Diesel fuel matched gasoline.
    Looking now to a government regulated electricity price and only short hop car travel. letting the buses, trains and planes take the long hauls.
    As long as “Big Oil” shysters the price of fuel all Americans must seek a common fuel like electricity that cannot be monopolized? If a smaller local co-op with a Wind Turbine can compete and sell me the fuel I need in true Capitalist fashion without the advantage of the price fixing monopolies working against me – what’s the harm? A Solar farm might do the same?

  • M@

    I’m not a fan of big oil, and they’ve actually approached this from the wrong angle: Ethanol is questionable from a fossil-fuel energy-input to fossil-fuel energy saved:

    “a new MIT analysis shows that the energy balance is actually so close that several factors can easily change whether ethanol ends up a net energy winner or loser.”

    On the other hand, biodiesel is a clear winner, however the new clean diesel vehicles that have difficulty with biodiesel — they run dino diesel cleaner, but can’t handle the much better for the environment biodiesel:


    A B100 (100% Biodiesel compatible)/plug-in Minivan with a 20 mile electric range would kick ass in the US market… plug it in everywhere, put B100 in the tank when it’s available and when it’s not (say long family vacations, put in dino diesel).

    Ethanol is so ambiguous that it’s not worth the energy to fight about — the push should be for auto manufacturers to make B100 compatible diesel engines.

    • UncleB

      And: a COE (Cab over Engine) arrangement to give at least 1/3 more cargo area for a pick up utility half tonne? Like in Europe? Like in Asia? Fewer Cowboys , more transport?

      • Jo Borras

        Those COE designs don’t pass US federal crash tests, in most cases. They were effectively legislated away in the US.

        • UncleB

          lobbyists running the show?

          • Jo Borras

            People not wanting to die in a car crash running the show. Here’s some news for you: some people think safety regulations are a GOOD thing.

    • Tim Cleland

      I’m with you on Biodiesel being the better investment, but keep in mind even if Ethanol is a net loser energy-wise (which is not exactly easy to determine), most of the energy sources used in the processing are dirty or inconvenient somehow (coal, solar, natural gas). Ethanol takes less convenient energy sources like coal (dirty solid), solar (low intensity), natural gas (requiring high pressure tanks) and diesel (dirtier than gasoline) and converting them to a very convenient, very clean liquid form. That is a value in and of itself. Think of it this way…like electricity (i.e. electric cars), ethanol provides a way to run cars on coal, solar and natural gas.

      • Jo Borras

        Well said.

      • Daniel

        Ethanol also converts viable landmass away from the production of food for people and animals, and steers it directly into America’s gas tanks. Would you care to run your net-energy cost analysis again, this time factoring in the costs of food shortages, volatile pricing, and real-world starvation?

        • Not true. Farmers dispute this, ethanol producers using stalks, leaves, and husks to make cellulosic ethanol from non-food corn parts dispute this. Reality disputes this. Turn off Fox News.

    • Jo Borras

      I don’t think you’re right at all. Your thinking is 100% solid, but I disagree that “energy-input to fossil-fuel energy saved” is the most relevant point. I think the relevant points are:

      1. reduction of toxic emissions
      2. reduced contamination of drinking water

  • GregS

    If E15 is completely harmless to engines then why won’t the RFA offer to cover any engine damage done by E15?

    • Jo Borras

      For the same reason Shell or BP don’t cover overrev damage, knock and pong conditions, or cover health insurance for people who get lung damage from air pollution and gun companies aren’t liable for people who get killed by their products: the law doesn’t force them to.

      Do you have any other ridiculous questions that make no sense and are easily answered?

      • GregS

        Knock and ping damage are covered if the fuel is low in octane, but if the fuel is onspec then of course they will not cover it, but maybe the vehicle warranty would because if the fuel is on spec then the car should not be knocking/pinging.

        The problem with E15 is that most stations do not have the capacity to offer both E10 and E15, so once stations start offering E15, then E10 will disappear like we have seen E0 disappear.

        Is E15 dangerous? No of course it is not – that was just your ridiculous comment, but it does have the capacity to hurt your wallet if your car needs repairs. Many people do not have extra money to make expensive fuel system repairs.

        • PrezNixon

          GregS – You clearly do not have any knowledge about the E15 regulations. All gas stations that sell E15 are mandated by the E15 regulations to always offer at least 1 pump that is dedicated to E10.

          Not a single drop of E15 can be sold anywhere in the US unless E10 is also available at the same gas station.

          Gas stations that already have a dedicated E85 tank won’t have any problem at all with adding E15 pumps. They can simply blend at the pump from E10 and E85 thanks.

          You don’t think that every gas station has a separate storage tank for mid-grade gas, do you? No. Most have a storage tank for regular, and another for premium, and blend at the pump to make mid-grade. Same idea.

          • Jo Borras


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  • zoom man

    The author of this piece is spot on, and not intimidated to say what;s really going with ethanol. The deliberate campaign of lies and deception by the petroleum industry is deplorable.

    • zoom man

      One technicality Jo… There is no E-15 mandate. Just a rule that ALLOWS it to be sold and used in vehicles 2001 and newer. No mandate 🙂

      • You are correct. There is no ethanol mandate, there is an 85% gasoline mandate.

      • Jo Borras

        I’m with you. There is no 15% ethanol mandate, there is an 85% gasoline mandate!!

  • UncleB

    Big oil fears ethanol specific engines – two-strokers, water and ethanol injected, diesel compression ratios or higher, half the size of the current 4 stroke blocks, with far fewer moving parts and capable of starting on pure ethanol then running once heated, on ethanol diluted with a lot of water, also used for cooling. Astounding injection engines, that recycle the ‘heat of Combustion’ into rotating power at very high rates! If Americans only knew the wasted ‘available energy’ due to the mixing of ethanol with gasoline for burning in the current very low compression engines. poor suckers are totally blindfolded, completely mesmerized by the bullshitter media videos – even net is sponsored/censored now.

  • Art

    Regardless of whether or not I agree with your conclusion, I think the logic you use to tell your readers not to believe the claim about ethanol is rather spurious.

    1) Oil companies don’t care about your health
    2) The issue of ethanol being potentially bad for engines is raised – unkown if true or false
    3) Oil companies see opportunity to use this issue for their benefit

    3 does not affect the validity of the issue in 2. Just because big oil doesn’t actually give a damn about you doesn’t mean they wouldn’t back a truthful claim under the guise of caring about you if it benefits them.

    • Jo Borras

      Your use of the word “spurious” is pretentious, but I’ll let that slide to answer your questions.

      1. they don’t. Numerous studies have been done recently relating particulate emissions to heart disease. In the past, they lobbied against unleaded fuel. They DGAF.

      2. ethanol is not bad for engines in general. Anyone telling you otherwise has some pretty specific worries (example: a car from the 70s with low compression, iron block, and aluminum heads).

      3. oil companies fabricated this issue to their benefit.

      You say issue 2, but you discuss issue 1. It’s confusing. You seem confused. Don’t vote.

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  • Corn Sick

    Ethanol is a farce, they blend 10% with the gasoline around here, force I to buy the crap, and the mileage drops 15%. I got 28-30 with regular unleaded, but get 22-25 with 10%. I believe the corn board and big oil are teamed up with this one.