State Rep. Matt Gaetz continues fight to end ethanol mandate

Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 10:51 AM.

"The state is implementing a vision to improve infrastructure for moving ethanol product," Martin said.

“Florida should be proud.  It should lead, not run from a future that is more energy independent and economically secure,” she said.

The Gaetz-Evers bill introduced last year added language making that there would be no penalty for distributors or retailers who provide gasoline without ethanol, Gaetz said.

He argued last year that ethanol had proven to be hard on some engines and reduced a vehicle’s miles-per-gallon performance, and that the energy required to produce ethanol negated any savings that might be realized.

He said he wants to finish last year’s work “to send the right message of freedom in every corner of the market.”

Gaetz also said eliminating the Renewable Fuel Standard Act will clear up any existing controversy for gasoline distributors and retailers.

“I think at a minimum they are confused,” he said.

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