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In a recent letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, ten Midwest Governors, including Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle, voiced their support for the E15 waiver being considered by the EPA. The waiver asks to raise the limit of ethanol blended in gasoline to 15 percent. Here are a few reasons they cited for their support of E15:
- The current blend limit hinders out ability to meet the targets of the renewable fuel standard (RFS), which aims for using 36 billion gallons of renewable fuels by 2022. Increasing the blend wall will make reaching this target possible.
- Increasing our use of domestically produced fuels will help decrease our dependence on foreign oil. Every barrel of ethanol produced displaces 1.2 barrels of petroleum that would have otherwise been imported.