(KCAU): Lawmakers warn against ethanol-based fuel

May 25, 2018
In The News

Lawmakers are warning against the use of a certain ethanol-based fuel.

Despite the higher gas prices since 2014, you can expect more people on the roads.

AAA Spokesperson Jeanette Casselano says "We have a strong economy, people are seeing more in their paychecks. People want to travel. they may not travel as far in terms of mileage or they may cut back on the number of days but they will continue to travel."

AAA predicts 42 million Americans will travel this memorial day weekend. Also, millions of boaters are expected on the water. Now, lawmakers want to send a warning about a certain type of fuel known as ethanol 15.

"Any high-performance motor, if you put that new fuel into those engines, it will destroy those engines," says Republican Congressman Austin Scott from Georgia.

E-15 contains high levels of ethanol than E-10, which most manufacturers built motors to run on.

Lawmakers are concerned the higher levels of ethanol can damage older cars, boats and other equipment.

Congressman Scott introduced the "Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act." The bi-partisan legislation requires the EPA to provide warning labels and establish PSA's to raise awareness about the potential risks from E-15.

"Certainly those people who sell the fuel have the right to sell it, but people who are purchasing the fuel needed to have an adequate warning.

Whether you're hitting the road or the water this summer season, officials suggest checking the owners manual or research to decide what fuel type works best for your car or boat.