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Letter: Reader questions safety of E15 fuel

Stephen Brubaker

After reading Grant Menke’s letter to the editor (“To save money at the pump, try E15,” Sept. 22), I find it typical from someone who works in the ethanol industry.

Is he 100 percent sure that E15 will not harm your car’s engine (2001 and newer cars)? I own four cars (2001, 2010, 2014, 2015) and every owner’s manual says not to use a blend of ethanol of more then 10 percent. The manuals say using higher blends of ethanol could void my warranty. Ask yourself, who do you trust more, The engineers who designed and built your car or a business who’s goal is to sell you more of their product?

Remember, the ethanol industry has reached what they call the blend wall. The consumers are only buying a certain amount, but the industry has more to sell. So the industry has to come up with ways to sell more of their product.

The ethanol industry says using E15 will not harm your engine. Then why have they asked Congress to pass a law exempting them from product liability? Basically, what the ethanol industry is saying: use ethanol blended gas at your own risk.

Stephen Brubaker

Cedar Rapids

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