Debate continues over ethanol

Published online: May 11, 2009 News
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The debate over increasing the ethanol blend in gasoline continues to make national headlines.

The New York Times recently published an article detailing the proposal by Growth Energy - a group of ethanol producers - to increase ethanol to E15 from the current E10. The story reports on several industry and environmental groups that oppose the increase.

Kris Kiser, executive vice president of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, a trade group, estimates that a change would affect 300 million engines in everything from chainsaws to weed trimmers, the Times reports.

Citing the National Marine Manufacturers Association, the Times notes that 12 million boat engines would be affected by the higher ethanol blend.

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