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House Science Committee Passes Sensenbrenner Bill to Test E15

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Washington, February 7, 2012 | Amanda Infield (202 225 5101) | comments

Today the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology approved Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner’s bill, H.R. 3199, by a vote of 19-7. This bill requires a comprehensive assessment of the scientific and technical research on the implications of fuel with more than 10 percent ethanol.

“I am pleased that the Committee voted today to put science before politics. When it comes to a decision of this magnitude that would impact every American who owns a car, boat, or lawnmower, we must base our decisions on sound science, not political expediency," Sensenbrenner said.

"The Administration has fast tracked E15 without considering that increasing the percentage of ethanol in our gasoline will cause premature engine failure, lower fuel efficiency, and void vehicle warranties.  In small engines, E15 is downright dangerous and the EPA has no credible plan to stop mis-fueling. If ethanol is going to be the “fuel of the future,” then there should be no problem conducting independent, comprehensive scientific analysis of its effect on American drivers.”

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