Non Ethanol Gas Debated

Stations offering non-ethanol are few and far between, 100% gas at four of its twelve pumps. The cost: 30 cents a gallon more than regular.

A motorist says he was told it was better for his car, but he couldn’t tell us why saying "Trying something different. This is my first time seeing it."

The state House wants to stop requiring the sale of ethanol blended gas.

"It is not a product that is dependable," said Rep. Charlie Stone.

“If it's not good for your body, it's not good for the engines," said Rep. Keith Perry.

Lawmakers have been whittling away at ethanol since it was first required in 2010. Ethanol enthusiasts say it will cost the state jobs because it sends the wrong message.

"It will send a message to the people that we don't care about fuel independency. Energy independency. All we care about is depending on oil companies," said Rep. Debbie Mayfield.

Lawmakers changed the law last year to allow retailers to sell both.

State records show that there are already about 350 stations across the state that is selling non ethanol gas.

We found Bobby New putting ethanol blended gas in his 1988 pickup.

When asked do you have any trouble putting this blended gas in your truck, he said "No."

Even If the ethanol free bill does become law, federal requirements will supersede the state's, which means ethanol blended gas will still be plentiful.

The change is being fueled by North Florida lawmakers and boating interests. The State Senate is slated to take the legislation up next week.


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