Without the mandate E85 would be much cheaper and a nice option for people in areas where ethanol is produced. That would in turn would actually lower demand for gasoline in those areas and likely help us all with prices. The nationwide E10 scheme basically wastes any benefits of producing the ethanol in the first place.
Originally Posted By: chuck1955
Hatt ethanol whether its in e85 or e10 cost the same. It cost 10-20% more to use e85 in a flex vehicle verses gasoline and explains why less than 4% flex owners use it. Ethanol makes any gasoline product more expensive. Makes you wonder how the ethanol promoters get away with telling consumers they save them $1.09 on $4 e10. I wonder if the government wants to deal with irate consumers if they would try to force e15 on them which would have to happen if they keep the current mandate level. It could cause enough of a up roar to shut this program down altogether.