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Michael Green

(WASHINGTON, November 15, 2013) “The EPA’s proposal to decrease ethanol requirements will help drivers by preventing a surge in gas prices or the premature expansion of E15 gasoline sales. While we would like to increase the use of alternative fuels, it is a plain fact that the Renewable Fuels Standard’s original targets are unreachable without putting motorists and their vehicles at risk.

“The EPA has finally put consumers first. Their proposal will support the continued development of alternative fuels, while also recognizing the needs of the millions of people that drive every day. Today’s proposal is an important step in the right direction, but it does not go far enough. Suggesting a range for 2014 targets does not guarantee that motorists will be protected from the risk of higher ethanol blends. We encourage the EPA to act quickly to finalize specific targets that help protect drivers nationwide.

“The vast majority of cars on the roads today are not designed to run on gasoline containing more than 10 percent ethanol. While ethanol has the potential to support the economy and reduce the reliance on fossil fuels, it is irresponsible to mandate more ethanol than cars can safely use.”

More than 90 percent of the vehicles on the road today are not approved by manufacturers to use E15, including most 2001-2013 models. E15 is only approved for use by automakers in flex-fuel engines, 2001 and newer Porsches, and selected 2012 and newer vehicles where it is clearly specified in the owner’s manual. While new models increasingly can use E15 gasoline, previous makes and models were never designed to use the fuel. It will still take at least another decade before the bulk of the fleet will be E15 compatible given that the average vehicle remains in use for more than 11 years.


Michael Green Contact TileBob Darbelnet Will Testify Regarding E15 Gasoline to Congressional Subcommittee

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 23, 2013) – AAA President & CEO Bob Darbelnet will testify today to a Congressional subcommittee that the EPA should consider whether target volumes to the Renewable Fuels Standard can be met without putting consumers at risk.

“I would urge Congress to keep American consumers front of mind when reviewing the RFS requirements for 2014,” continued Darbelnet.  “If the only way to meet the RFS requirement is to introduce E15 gasoline before consumers are educated and consensus is reached on which vehicles can safely use the fuel, then the RFS should be modified.”

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power is conducting the hearing to examine the Renewable Fuels Standard, a program created under the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to establish a renewable fuel volume mandate. AAA has urged regulators and the industry to stop the sale of E15 gasoline until motorists are better protected due to the strong likelihood of consumer confusion and the potential for voided warranties and vehicle damage.

“The number of states where E15 is sold has doubled in recent months despite continuing evidence that drivers are not aware of the fuel and could be unknowingly putting their cars in jeopardy,” continued Darbelnet. “AAA is not opposed to either ethanol or the RFS, but we remain very concerned with the way that E15 has been brought to market and is being sold to consumers.”

The subcommittee hearing is scheduled for July 23 at 10:00 AM in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.

AAA believes that ethanol-blended fuels have the potential to provide motorists a clear choice at the pump that supports jobs, promotes energy independence and reduces fuel costs.  Both E10 and E85 provide options for consumers at this point, and AAA would support a motorists’ right to choose E15 once basic thresholds have been met regarding consumer protections. More than 95 percent of the gasoline sold in the United States is E10, which contains up to 10 percent ethanol. E85, which contains up to 85 percent ethanol, is designed for use by flex-fuel vehicles.

A AAA survey last fall found that only 12 million out of the 240 million light-duty vehicles on the roads were approved by manufacturers to use E15. Thirteen manufacturers stated that the use of E15 may void warranty coverage. AAA’s automotive engineering experts believe that sustained use of E15 could result in costly problems such as accelerated engine wear and failure, fuel-system damage and false “check engine” lights in some cars. An overwhelming 95 percent of consumers surveyed by AAA were not familiar with E15, indicating a strong likelihood of consumer confusion leading to misfueling.

As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 53 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at

Michael Green Contact Tile(WASHINGTON, July 16, 2013) AAA’s Chris Plaushin (director, federal relations) is testifying before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today during a hearing “to explore the effects of ongoing changes in domestic oil production, refining and distribution on U.S. gasoline and fuel prices.” Chris Plaushin’s testimony is available here.

AAA Executive to discuss the potential impact of rising gas prices on American travelers

ORLANDO, Fla., (March 23, 2012) – AAA Executive Vice President, Association and Club Services, Mark Brown will testify on March 27 before the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources regarding the impact of rising gas prices on consumer travel plans. A copy of Mark Brown’s full written testimony will be posted on AAA NewsRoom at on March 27.

Orlando, Fla – 7/29/2010

AAA partnership with Discover Bank gains further momentum as consumers seek safety and higher than average rates 

Cynthia BroughAAA announced today that total deposits in its AAA Deposit Program, offered in conjunction with Discover Bank, have doubled to $2 billion in the past 12 months.

Forty-five AAA clubs offer money market accounts, certificates of deposit and IRA CDs via AAA’s relationship with Discover Bank. All of the products are FDIC-insured 1 and come with preferred interest rates for AAA members that exceed Discover’s already extremely competitive rates.

“The adverse banking environment encountered by millions of consumers since 2007 has driven many Americans to explore offerings by customer-focused financial services providers,” said Mark Brown, AAA executive vice president for Association and Club Services. “AAA’s Deposit Program is proving extremely attractive because we are a strong and trusted organization that is able to offer outstanding rates of return with the security of FDIC insurance.”

AAA Deposit Program poised for additional growth

The AAA Deposit Program was launched in January of 2008 and exceeded $500 million in deposits after eight months in existence. The program doubled in size eight months later to $1 billion in July of 2009. The AAA Deposit Program has the potential to continue rapid growth in deposit balances based on member demographics and the competitive product set, AAA said. Approximately 25 percent of American households hold AAA club memberships.

As Discover Bank’s first and largest affinity partner, AAA helps us advance our mission of helping Americans achieve their savings goals,” said Discover Bank President Christina Favilla. “The success of this relationship stems from the fundamental commitment by both partners to offer quality products backed by excellent customer service.”

To access the AAA Deposit Program consumers should visit, phone 1-888-728-3230 or contact their participating AAA club.

AAA Financial Services offers an array of banking products with exclusive rates and benefits to members in participating U.S. clubs. These products include Money Market Accounts, CD’s, IRA CD’s, rewards-based credit cards and auto loans. Benefits include such things as no minimum balance to open a savings account2, a variety of credit card rewards and rebates from cash back to merchandise and travel, preferred rates on savings and loan products, and flexible terms.

As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides nearly 52 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at

Founded in 1911, Discover Bank is one of the 100 largest banks in the United States and an affiliate of Discover Financial Services. Discover Bank offers certificates of deposit, money market deposit accounts and other consumer financial products and services. For more information, visit

1 FDIC deposit insurance temporarily increased from $100,000 to $250,000 per depositor, per deposit category, through 12/31/13.

2 There is no minimum deposit required to open an account, however money market accounts must have an average daily balance of at least $1,500 beginning on the third statement cycle otherwise a monthly minimum balance fee will be charged.


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