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ACE thanks motor clubs for embracing E15

ACE Senior VP Ron Lamberty thanked Travelers Motor Club and AMCM for supporting E15

Sioux Falls, SD (October 27, 2014) – American Coalition for Ethanol Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty today thanked Travelers Motor Club and Association Motor Club Marketing for setting the record straight on E15. The two motor clubs, with members in 50 states, today announced that since E15 became available in the marketplace, none of their 18 million members has reported a problem related to E15.

Lamberty called it “eerily appropriate” for the auto clubs to speak out so close to Halloween. “Ethanol opponents have done a masterful job of devising E15 horror stories, and we appreciate these two motor clubs shining the light on the campaign being waged by Big Oil and AAA, and showing drivers that the E15 monsters aren’t real,” said Lamberty.

“Real-world results trump ghost stories, and the real-world findings of these two auto clubs mirror what we have heard from fuel station owners who sell E15: they’ve had no customer complaints, no breakdowns, and no repair bills from drivers who fill-up with E15,” Lamberty said. “In fact, because E15 is a higher-octane fuel that costs less than regular, stations with E15 are gaining customers and E15 has become the second highest volume fuel in most of the stations that sell it.”

Lamberty said the motor clubs’ announcement, coupled with last week’s U.S. Court of Appeals ruling rejecting an E15 lawsuit filed by Big Oil, automakers, and the small engine lobby, “offers hope that truth will win out over fear-mongering,” Lamberty said, “The court pointed out - several times - that there was no evidence to support claims of misfueling or damage, and at one point called claims against E15 ‘conjectural’ and ‘hypothetical.’ That’s a three judge panel saying that – not me.”

“With all the time, money, and lobbying anti-ethanol groups have put in to this E15 ghost story, if there were any cars stranded because of E15, or if there was a single warranty claim denied because of E15, we would have heard about it by now,” Lamberty said. “The car owner would be a household name. It hasn’t happened, and it’s not going to happen.”

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