Ethanol repeal clears House Energy Committee

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A bill aimed at ending the requirement that the gas you buy contain at least ten percent ethanol or other alternative fuels narrowly cleared the House Energy Committee today. Supporters say the market should determine what consumers buy, but the change could cost Florida jobs, while accomplishing nothing at the pump.

Claudio Escalera is willing to pay more to fill up his truck with 100 percent gas instead of a 10 percent ethanol blend. “There’s no water, no rust, no nothing. It’s better for my vehicle. Absolutely”, says Escalera.

Stations like this that offer a 100 percent gasoline with no ethanol at all are few and far between. But the law that allowed it just passed last year. Ten percent ethanol has been required in all gas since 2010. But state lawmakers clarified that stations can offer non ethanol gas last year.

Now some want to repeal the blending requirement all together. “The honest message is that there simply is not a market for bio-fuels in the future of this country.”, says Rep. Matt Gaetz.

More from the Capitol News Service’s Mike Vasalinda here.


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