The ethanol debate rages on.
Some laud ethanol for being a clean-burning, renewable fuel. Many in the hot rodding community point to ethanol’s damaging effects on carburetors and older-style fuel systems. We talked in-depth about this problem in our Ethanol Effect article last fall. Although classic vehicle owners can opt to use ethanol-free gasoline, the fact is 95 percent of all gasoline contains some amount of ethanol.
Lawmakers in Oregon are aiming to change that.
Oregon House Bill 2373 would end support for E10 gasoline in that state. According to Autoblog, the bill has sponsorship from nine state representatives and one state senator and has gained support from SEMA (the Specialty Equipment Market Association).
You can see the full text of the bill here.
If the bill is successful, Oregon would follow in the footsteps of Florida, which has already repealed a state law requiring 10 percent ethanol in its gasoline. Still, other states are seeing momentum for E15 (15 percent ethanol) gain steam.
What is the future of the Renewable Fuel Standard? Stay tuned…