US lifts ban on gasoline containing ethanol

US lifts ban on gasoline containing ethanol

The United States government announced that it will allow mixing 15% ethanol in gasoline to lower prices.

The United States government today lifted the ban on the sale of gasoline with a higher percentage of ethanol, in order to respond to the increase in fuel prices derived from the war in Ukraine.

Most of the gasoline sold in that country has 10% ethanol, but the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued an urgent exemption to allow the marketing of a type of fuel known as E15 and which has up to 15% ethanol.

The sale of gasoline with such a high level of ethanol is usually prohibited in the United States between June 1 and September 15, in the summer season when there is the greatest displacement, because it produces more air pollution.

In a statement, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki expressed the hope that this measure would serve to reduce gasoline prices that have skyrocketed after the start of the war in Ukraine.

The current price of a gallon of gasoline is 4.16 dollars on average, far from the 2.88 dollars a gallon a year ago, according to the United States Automobile Association (AAA).

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