IN THE NEWS: Joe Donnelly celebrates announcement on his E15 proposal with press conference in Terre Haute
Joe Donnelly held a press conference Saturday in Terre Haute to celebrate President Trump’s efforts to implement Joe’s policy that would to allow year-round sales of E15 and other fuels with higher amounts of ethanol.
Joe led the effort in Congress to allow year-round sales of E15, and he has urged President Trump to cut regulations and implement this policy. President Trump moved Joe’s proposal forward this past month when he directed the EPA to allow the year-round sale of these fuels, which will stimulate demand for ethanol and Indiana-grown corn.
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From the Tribune Star: Sen. Donnelly backs E15 in Terre Haute stop
U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly stopped Saturday in Terre Haute to tout the use of E15, a gasoline blend containing 15 percent alcohol.
President Donald Trump earlier this fall ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to ease regulations and allow year-around sale of E15.
The E15 blend had been prohibited during summer months over concerns it would cause more smog (ground-level ozone), a charge disputed by ethanol backers, including corn growers. Standard gasoline blends now sold generally include about 10 percent ethanol.
Donnelly, a Democrat and member of the Senate’s agriculture committee, said he’s been a champion of the fuel because it expands the market for Indiana corn and, being slightly cheaper than regular gasoline, puts dollars back into Hoosier consumers’ pockets.
“This also helps makes us more energy independent,” Donnelly said, adding that’s also good for national security.
“I’m so proud to be a partner with our farmers,” said Donnelly. “When we partner with our agricultural community, great things can happen.”
Indiana is one the nation’s top five states in both corn and ethanol production.
E15 supporters say the fuel is safe for vehicles produced in 2001 and later, adding that equates to about 90 percent of cars on the road. Automotive experts advise checking the vehicle owner’s manual.