Ethanol Repeal Clears Committee

Claudio Escalera is willing to pay more to fill up his truck with 100% gas instead of a 10% ethanol blend.

"There's no water, no rust, no nothing. It's better for my vehicle. Absolutely," said Escalera.

Stations that offer a 100% gasoline with no ethanol at all are few and far between, but the law that allowed it just passed last year.

10% 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," said Rep. Matt Gaetz.

But Dan Cummings' company just spent 130 million dollars building an ethanol refinery on Florida’s east coast. He told lawmakers his company is also looking at other plans as well.

"Sending a message by repealing the RFS now, sends a really chilling message that not only to ourselves with emerging technologies, but a lot of other companies who have invested money here," said Cummings.

The fear by ethanol supporters is that investments will fade and the legislation will accomplish nothing because the ten percent blend is a federal requirement.

"We just sent a message to those businesses that we no longer believe in renewable energy. That's the message that we just sent," said Rep. Debbie Mayfield.

But Claudio doesn’t care if others want to save a few bucks buying ethanol blended fuel; he just wants to keep buying 100% gasoline.

Sponsors hope that if the bill becomes law, it will send a message to the Federal Government that the ten percent requirement should be eliminated at the federal level.


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