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Fla. bill calls for repeal of state Renewable Fuel Standard Act

By Erin Voegele | December 18, 2012

In December, two state representatives in Florida introduced a bill to repeal the Renewable Fuels Standard Act. The legislation, HB 4001, would remove the requirement that all gasoline offered for sale in Florida be blended with ethanol.

The measure was introduced by state Reps. Matt Gaetz and Keith Perry. Cosponsors of the bill include Reps. Larry Ahern, Frank Artiles and Jason T. Brodeur. According to information published by the Florida House of Representatives, if passed into law, the legislation would become effective July 1, 2013.

Gaetz introduced similar legislation, HB 4013, last year. The measure passed the Florida House Energy & Utilities Subcommittee by a vote of 10 to 4 in Dec. 2011. However, it died after being introduced to the House State Affairs Committee in March.

The Florida Renewable Fuels Standard requires that all gasoline sold or offered for sale by a terminal suppliers, importer, blender or wholesaler in Florida contain 9-10 percent ethanol, or other alternative fuel, by volume. The program defines alternative fuel as fuel produced by biomass. The mandate does not apply to fuel used in aircrafts, watercrafts, fuel sold to blenders, fuel used in collector vehicles, off-road vehicles, motorcycles or small engines.

 

 

 

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  1. Toshi

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    1.How can ethanol lead to eengry independence with such a small market share. Mr. Perry this is Econ 101.2.Ethanol is economically competitive - true. Petroleum has enjoyed and continues to enjoy subsides and huge tax advantages (along with the pharmaecutical industry and numberous others). Mark when you talk about ethanol subsidies please remember to metion this facts as well. You might also mention that the US Navy protects the oil coming into the country from all over the world. What does that cost the US tax payer??3. Reduces gas prices - if ethanol was not going to cause a shift in suppy and demand why is the petroleum indudtry so against ethanol? It wouldn't be because the petroleum industry would like to control the market share would it? Finally, with the small market share I don't think ethanol has been responsible for the huge spikes in gasoline prices or will cause price reductions in the future. Again, Econ 101, I am surprised Mark that you have not seen through all of this before now.4. Yes ethanol is renewable. Have you been on a farm Mark. Corn, wheat, barley come up new every year. That's why it's called re-new-able.5. True, ethanol reduces greenhouse emissions.6. See answer 5.7. See answer 2.8. Switchgrass is another in a long line of cost reductions coming for the ethanol industry that will be passed along to the US citizens.The truth is I am in favor of eliminating all subsidies and tax advantages! But let's not cherry pick one industry (oil) over another (ethanol). That's not free enterprise and it's not good for America.

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