Florida puts breaks on ethanol requirement

Many states mandate that gasoline contain 10 percent ethanol, but Florida recently repealed this requirement. Shawn Regan, research fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center, approves of the repeal, and here explains why: “Florida residents overwhelmingly supported the repeal of the ethanol mandate, and for good reason. Even at 10-percent levels, ethanol is causing corrosion, engine damage and other costly repairs. Ethanol contains one-third less energy by volume than gasoline, resulting in poorer mileage and higher fuel costs. About 40 percent of the U.S. corn crop is used to produce ethanol, causing food prices to rise at home and abroad. Despite all this, the EPA is preparing to increase the federal mandate to a 15-percent ethanol blend.”

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David Rothbard

David Rothbard is co-founder and President of CFACT.