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Boost for cars or bust? Ethanol debate heats up

By MATTHEW DALY
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's a dilemma for drivers.

Do they choose a gasoline that's cheaper and cleaner even if, as opponents say, it could damage older cars and motorcycles?

That's the peril and promise of a high-ethanol blend of gasoline known as E15. The fuel contains 15% ethanol, well above the current 10% norm sold at most U.S. gas stations.

The oil industry's chief lobbying group has asked the Supreme Court to block sales of E15, saying the high-ethanol blend could leave millions of drivers with broken down vehicles and high repair bills. The ethanol industry calls that a scare tactic and notes that no documented cases of engine damage have been caused by ethanol.

The court could decide as soon as Monday whether to hear the case.

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