Biden Introduces Measure To Lower Gas Prices

President Joe Biden will announce today that the Environmental Protection Agency will reinstate the use of 15% ethanol blends in gasoline for the summer driving season. 

Biden will cast the move as a measure to lower gas prices in the United States, but it will also help his standing with legislators from ethanol-producing states.

The EPA will issue a national waiver to lift current restrictions on the E15 blend. The waiver is slated take effect June 1 and run through Sept. 15, White House officials said. 

Speaking to reporters in a phone call Tuesday night, administration officials touted the cost-saving benefits of E15, which is roughly 10 cents cheaper per gallon than gasoline.

This action provides consumers “with a greater choice, savings, and also a source of fuel that is not dependent on the oil market — which is right now volatile as a result of Putin’s actions in Ukraine,” a senior administration official told reporters ahead of Biden’s announcement. 

The news comes as gas prices in the U.S. climbed to a national average of $4.33 last month amid Russia’s war in Ukraine. Gas prices continue to sit above $4 per gallon nationwide, according to AAA.

“The focus here is also on making sure that we are meeting the near-term energy supply emergency and doing so by leveraging homegrown fuels,” the official added. 

Biden is slated to make the announcement during his visit to the POET bioprocessing plant outside Des Moines, Iowa. 

Both Republicans and Democrats have urged Biden in recent weeks to allow temporary use of the E15 blend as part of an effort to reduce pain at the pump for U.S. consumers. 

Iowa GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley issued a statement Monday urging Biden to act: “Tomorrow, President Biden will have the perfect opportunity to stand with Iowa farmers by allowing summer sales of E15,” he said.

“Decisions this year by the Biden administration have shown the president clearly favors Big Oil interests over the interest of Iowa farmers,” Grassley continued. “It would be foolish for the president to continue down this path when he visits the number one biofuel producing state in the nation.”

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  1. ROFL Ethanol is produced using huge amounts of electrical energy, natural gas AND Diesel fuel. Where is the “savings” coming from? The only reason it is “cheaper” is because of government subsidies to Big Corporations. Big Oil = “evil” Big Agriculture = “good”???

    Also, E-15 delivers less fuel economy on the vehicles that can even burn that swill. Less fuel economy translates into higher fuel usage and thus negates ANY monetary “Savings”. My car is not designed to use E-15, says so right in the owners manual. All Smoke and mirrors

  2. All comments (3), hit the nail on the head, BUT ALL THAT for 10 cents ! ! ! The reason all prices are skyrocketing is due to Gov Spending, especially the free money for people to stay home and drink beer. They double the money into the economy, half the workforce, all spending to buy or pay for STUFF. This leaves the workers competing with the non-working people, thus there is less product, double the spending. That’s why it’s called Bidenflation, because with millions of Infrastructure illegals flooding the borders that causes over use of public utilities and resources further the shortages.

    • Trump signed two Covid relief bills with total spending of $3.1 trillion. Biden signed one Covid relief bill for $1.9 trillion. Maybe we need to call it Trumpflation.

      • Not to mention Bite Me’s over $3 trillion infrastructure Bill…. But it’s all Trump and Putin’s fault. Thanks for the highest rate of inflation in over 40 years. Can’t wait to see what the next 2.5 years is gonna be like at this rate, but still wont be their fault. Just buy a Tesla and blame the meat packers, Trump, Biden, gas companies, COVID, selfish stupid Americans. THEY had nothing to do with it. Way to go. Keep voting for that. Thanks.

  3. The idiocy in Washington is amazing. So, we beg the middle east for oil, ship it across by boats (burning diesel), refine it here and ship it all across the country by truck (again burning diesel) and that is supposed to be more “green”? So Mother Pete is planning to develop more charging stations all across this nation for his push for electric vehicles-where and how the hell does he think the electricity is going to be generated????? We middle class (at least for now) are unable to fathom just how these people think. No real world experience and never having had a “real” job explains the total lack of understanding of just how their “pie in the sky” plans are so out of touch with life and work experience. What a bunch of twits!!!!

  4. My state has had 15% ethanol gas year around for the last 2 years and that’s what I fill up with. But that still doesn’t change the fact that I’m paying $1.25 per gallon more than I was the last day Trump was president. The senile escapee from a Delaware nursing is doing this as a political stunt and that’s all. Even a blind man can see through this bag of manure.

  5. There is reason I have to pay extra and go to the one place within 50 miles of our yard to get 100% alcohol free gasoline…..You would know what it is if you have ever seen the white goo Gasohol makes out of a carburetor. We have 5 gallon cans marked “No Alco Gas that use on the Welding Machines and Air compressors, and Generators, as well as in the 2 cycle mix gas.

    I catch anybody putting regular gas in our machines they get fired right on the spot.

    Hey brandon,,,,,Tell me how much money I will be saving when I have to replace a $400 carburetor on a Welding Machine,,,,,to say nothing of the 4-union Iroworkers that we have to paid to stand around while I pay another guy to bring out another welding Machine for them from 70 miles away.

    Far as I know there has been an amount of alcohol in all regular gas for decades and it’s why we do not use it, even if we added the alcohol killer. – Makes me glad most of our vehicles are Diesels.

    Yet another bright idea from a doddering old fool who never had a real job in his worthless life.

    President Trump in 2024.
    Take America back AND KEEP IT THIS TIME !!!!!

  6. For starters, ethanol costs more to produce and is literally hard on engines. Offering a nickel off F-15 vs. F-10 won’t help anybody. Worse, lawn mowers and weed whackers gum up on F-10 gas, thus requiring expensive repairs or replacement every season. They require ethanol free gas. In Texas, we cannot buy ethanol free gas at the pump. It comes in gallon cans that retail for around $20. Thanks Joe for NOTHING!

  7. I hope ya all realize that gasoline with ethanol in it is not nearly as MPG productive as the regular gasoline. You might be paying a little less per gallon but you will be having to fill up more often. Anything Biden does turns to chit and this is but one more example.

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