Friday, January 30, 2004

Ethanol mandate in Connecticut

Following up on Connecticut's drive to pull-out MBTE from gasoline.
Ethanol was added to gasoline as part of a state-mandated ban of MTBE, effective Jan. 1. MTBE was found to contaminate groundwater, but ethanol has faced a number of criticisms as well.

Illinois and Wisconsin have successfully transitioned to ethanol, but a report by the Energy Information Administration last fall said the additive could send the price of gasoline in Connecticut up 40 cents. Other industry experts were skeptical whether cars would get the same mileage with the corn-based ethanol.

Bob Reynolds, president of South Bend, Ind.-based Downstream Alternatives and author of "Changes in Gasoline III: Automotive Fuel Quality Guide," said these accusations are based on myths


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