Not So Fast, Big Oil: the AAA is NOT Against Ethanol or E15


AAA says Ethanol is A-OK

The AAA is North America’s largest auto club, and they’re everyone’s go-to phone number when you’re stranded on the side of the road or want a discounted hotel rate. According to the AAA, they’re also one of the most often mis-quoted agencies when it comes to ethanol and the EPA’s (recently upheld!) push for E15!

In an official statement released this past week, the AAA spoke out against the American Petroleum Institute (API) ads, stating that “this commercial is the latest in a series of communications on social media and elsewhere which portray AAA as being ‘anti-ethanol’. This is not the case … AAA remains a strong supporter of the development and use of alternative fuels such as ethanol. The auto club believes ethanol fuels provide motorists with a choice at the pump that promotes U.S. energy independence, supports American and South Dakotan jobs, and can save the consumer money.”

The AAA is specifically mentioning ads and rhetoric that are part of the API’s latest campaign to reduce the role of ethanol as an available alternative fuel, and is calling for API to have ads and articles mentioning the AAA in an anti-ethanol context taken down immediately.

The Senior Vice President for the American Coalition for Ethanol, Ron Lamberty, thanked AAA for speaking out against the API’s latest anti-E15 campaign. “We are pleased with the reactions to these inaccurate ads. I think what this shows is the amount of support here in the heartland of the nation for ethanol and higher ethanol blends like E15,” said Lamberty.

Now, I’ll grant you that holding up one lobbyist over another and saying “this guy’s right!” might seem a bit suspect – but if you’re still confused about the API’s motivation vs. Lamberty’s then you might also think the Earth is 6000 years old and/or may be in the market for a large, free-standing bridge. If either of those are true, please leave your email address in the comments, below. My Nigerian cousin will be in touch with an incredible, money-making opportunity in the next few days.


Source: AAA, via Domestic Fuels.

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  • UKGary

    I wouldn’t have expected racist stereotypes from you Jo! Many Nigerians are hard working honest people who are fed up of being associated with those few of their compatriots involved in such scams. (I trust no sleight on the Nigerian people as a whole was meant.)

    On a more serious note – you frequently partisan organizations of the kind that want to argue that business as usual is the only way, or that climate change is a scam misrepresenting the views of others to make their point and to imply that anyone sharing 1% of their ideas is in full agreement with them!

    • Jo Borras

      1. I’m not sure I agree with you that national association = racism. For example, a comment about “Americans” doesn’t denote “white caucasians”. It’s a different thing. Calling it racism is inaccurate. Nationalistic? Perhaps – that said:

      2. I’m not sure I fully grasp your meaning when you say “you frequently partisan organizations …”, but I get what you’re saying about the implications that someone sharing some views with a given person is in full agreement with them. I’m not saying that such is the case – HOWEVER, when your “1% of agreement” (and I am using “you” in the general sense, not like “You, UKGary”) is drawn from or inferred from faulty or intentionally misleading and incorrect data (for example: the ‘so broad as to be baseless’ claim that “ethanol is bad for engines”) then you are 100% wrong.

      That’s the trouble with facts. Opinions are what they are, but facts are generally absolute. The real problem in cases like this is that most people believe their opinions constitute facts … and I’m all too pleased to tell them to get f***ed with a chainsaw!


  • CharliePeters

    BP & Shell GMO fuel stinks

  • CharliePeters

    Is GMO fuel in your home water tap?

  • CharliePeters

    Will GMO fuel affect the beef?

  • shecky vegas

    “american and south dakotan jobs”?
    so, is south dakota no longer part of america? texas, i can see, but south dakota?

    • Jo Borras

      I’m not even sure South Dakota’s part of Earth anymore, let alone the US!

      • shecky vegas

        jo – you so crazy!

        • Jo Borras

          I feel like we’ve come a long way, you and me.


  • derwurst

    I use E-85 in my Equinox and enjoy the visit to the filling station very much

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  • CharliePeters

    AB 32 law