E10 Farce As Switch To Greener Fuel ‘major Factor’ Behind Petrol Crisis 

Posted: October 8, 2021 by oldbrew in Emissions, Energy, government
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Yes, that is the BBC reporter’s name

Sounds credible, despite Government assertions to the contrary. Another example of unintended consequences of interfering in the markets, in the obsessive and fruitless pursuit of so-called climate targets?
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According to the Telegraph, retailers say the Government’s switch to greener fuel played a significant role in September’s petrol crisis (via WorldNewsEra).

The chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association, Brian Madderson, said fuel shortages came as an “unintended consequence” of the Government’s decision to switch to E10 petrol.

“For weeks, we had been emptying our tanks of E5, the old fuel, as fast as we could to get ready for E10,” he said.

“We had all run our petrol stocks down. So, when the panic buying started, many of our members ran out pretty quickly.

“Then the shortage of HGV drivers meant we couldn’t get supplies of petrol or diesel quickly enough.

“I don’t blame the Government particularly but the E10 switchover clearly had an unintended consequence: we couldn’t cope with the surge in demand.”

The Government replaced standard E5 unleaded petrol with the greener E10 fuel on September 1.

Following the change, the amount of fuel stored at the UK’s forecourts dipped by up to a quarter.

Official figures released by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Industrial Strategy on Thursday, also appear to indicate fuel deliveries remained stable before the switch to E10, despite a shortage in HGV drivers.

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  1. oldbrew says:

    Critics are concerned about the land use involved in using food to make fuel and argue that the process of growing the crops may not actually offset the emissions released when the fuel is burned.

  2. Saighdear says:

    Just another excuse or fake news; if it’s good enough to put / mix in your car, then what’s the problem with the storage? … or is it really ( Maybe) going to cause a similar problem in Northern climes as the FAME did in DIESEL.
    Just like the stories about milk down the drain (like our economy) THe Creameries closed down local depots in SCotland, becoming more dependent upon long distance road haulage of raw milk and then the subsequent return of the processed products. – but surely those drivers are the same as they’ve always been in the “FLEET” subject to natural processes too – not a sudden change ( OH maybe they partook of that other illicit free liquid ) and as for Piggies…. Let them run for a while: Storage on the Hoof, not on the Hook, will give a different type of matured pork. A Major Sin to Waste good food.

  3. oldbrew says:

    The E5 filling station tanks would have had to be empty before E10 could be put in the same ones, otherwise motorists couldn’t be sure what was going into their cars. The law wouldn’t allow that.

  4. ilma630 says:

    And there’s us thinking it was only a 3-stranded incompetence, DVLA/DVSA sluggishness for new driver examination/registration, shutting off driver supply from EU, and IR35 tax rules driving older drivers to retirement, now we have climate bafoonery messing up petrol station stock management! What added incompetence can govt still deliver on top of that (and that’s not a challenge for them)?

  5. ilma630 says:

    And yet drivers would be mixing E5 and E10 in their tanks, so it really wouldn’t have mattered. That strikes me as a chicken legal response!

    [reply] they didn’t print pump labels for ‘E5/E10 mix’ 😉

  6. Chaswarnertoo says:

    E10 is greener? Really? Less mpg is greener? It’s about tax at 200%.

  7. ivan says:

    All we now need is for someone to work out how to filter the crap out of the real fuel – they would make a fortune.

  8. stpaulchuck says:

    did the geniuses not consider phasing it in region, by region?? Your modern car computer can compensate for E5, E7.5, and E10 in real time.

  9. Gamecock says:

    Greener than what?

    [reply] E5 fuel

  10. dodgy geezer says:

    Actually, a minor issue. There was no great shortage initially, until a SKY TV program ran with a panic story. Then lots of drivers rushed out to fill up, demand temporarily doubled, a few forecourt ran out, all the media fanned the flames and the anti-Brexit people got in on the act.

    Once a panic starts, you have to join in if you will need the petrol at some point….

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