To solve the problem of CO2 emissions we need to mandate that no new light duty vehicle can be sold in the U.S. beginning with model year 2028 that runs on gasoline (or diesel) as the primary fuel (define primary as anything greater than 2% by volume). Don't specify what takes gasoline's place. Eliminate all subsidies and tax credits (especially the regulatory tax credits that some car companies sell to other car companies). Car companies would then offer EVs, hydrogen, and ethanol powered vehicles on an equal basis. Some customers, especially fleet users, would choose electric or hydrogen power, but most consumers would choose ethanol engines due to their lower cost, the use of the current gasoline infrastructure, and ethanol's true carbon neutrality.
There is precedent for such a dramatic change. We used to use lead as an octane enhancer for gasoline, but we got rid of it starting in the mid-1970's, not by banning leaded gasoline, but by banning new cars that burned leaded fuel. Existing vehicles were allowed to live out their lives on leaded gasoline.
Same strategy was followed with DDT. We didn't specify a replacement or tax DDT. We simply banned it after a certain date and farmers and manufacturers were free to replace it with whatever was best for them as long as it met certain guidelines.
If we did ban new gasoline vehicle sales, we would in fifteen years have replaced 255 million light duty vehicles, practically the entire fleet (currently at 280 million) at basically no cost. This is a very good deal.
This mandate assures the absolute independence of the U.S. from imported crude oil and a dramatic decrease in CO2 emissions. It also permits the continued research and sales of electric, hybrid, renewable natural gas or hydrogen and any other type of vehicle power as long as it is not a fossil fuel.
If, after reading the material on this website, you agree with us that E85 won't work and that carbon neutral optimized engines are the way to go, please write or contact your congressperson or senator and ask them to support bills with our proposed changes.
Additionally, write or call Michael Reagan, Acting EPA Administrator, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20460, 202-272-0167 and/or Steve Cliff, NHTSA Acting Administrator, 1200 New Jersey Ave, S.E., Washington, D.C. 20590, 202-366-4000.
The California Air Resources Board is also a good contact to write or call. They have the legal authority to regulate auto emissions in California independent of the Federal Government. Their website is www.arb.ca.gov.
The E100 Ethanol Group believes any Congressional bill should also include the following:
1. A provision that any gasoline retailer can purchase E100 from any supplier,
2. A provision that any gasoline retailer can sell E100 under a branded canopy.
Debbie Baron - Don Siefkes -
Board Member Executive Director
Dave Stoltz - Jacob Zadorozny -
Chief Technology Officer Chief Engineer
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