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South Dakota AAA Chapter Breaks From National Stance On Ethanol

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AAA South Dakota is looking to clarify their position on ethanol and is getting help from Senator Tim Johnson’s office to spread the word.  In a press release on Thursday, Johnson’s Director of Communications in the Washington D.C. office Perry Plumart sent the information that explained the local chapter’s break from the national organization’s stance on ethanol.

The television ad by the American Petroleum Institute began airing in several states and Washington, D.C., early this week and features a mechanic discussing the alleged pitfalls of increasing the amount of ethanol in gasoline. The mechanic warns that AAA says too much ethanol could cause engine damage that’s not covered under warranty.  View the commercial here.

AAA’s branch in South Dakota, one of the states where the ad is airing, said in a statement that the ad misrepresents the motor club’s position on E15, or gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol.

Biofuel groups responded with fury to AAA’s statement, accusing the motor club of taking a stance on an issue where it doesn’t have expertise and aligning itself with the industry.

When asked to respond to the South Dakota chapter’s viewpoint, Michael Green, a spokesman for AAA’s national office, said in a statement that AAA supported consumers having a right to choose among fuels at the gas pump but that it still had issues with E15.

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