Jeremy's Notebook

Evers’ Ethanol Victory

April 24, 2013

greg eversSen. Greg Evers is applauding passage today of a bill repealing Florida’s requirement that fuel sold in the state be blended with ethanol. He described the passage as a “tremendous victory.”

“The bill eliminates the unnecessary power of the government to force Florida citizens to buy and sell ethanol blended gasoline,” Evers said in a statement this afternoon. “It returns that power to the people and restores the power of the free market by giving consumers and retailers a choice regarding what fuel they wish to buy.”

While Evers—along with Rep. Matt Gaetz, with his HB 4001 in the House—are  pleased with the repeal of Florida’s ethanol mandate, the move has its critics. The Senator’s statement of victory was followed shortly with a joint statement from Bob Dinneen, President and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, and Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy.

“Today’s Senate vote was a pyrrhic victory for ethanol detractors. It substantively changes nothing because the state mandate was redundant. The federal Renewable Fuel Standard will still apply and, thankfully for consumers who will continue to see savings at the pump, ethanol and other renewable fuels will be sold in Florida,” the statement read. “All this bill has done is put politics and oil industry profits ahead of economic opportunity and jobs in the state. The only result of this legislation will be a loss of jobs and economic opportunity in Florida. Florida has made it clear — biofuels and the valuable jobs that are created in the renewable fuels industry are no longer welcome in Florida.”

  • CJ Lewis April 25, 2013 at 9:23 am

    If it is a federal law that gasoline must be diluted with ethanol, does anyone know why some gas stations sell gasoline that does not contain ethanol?

  • Richard Hawkins April 25, 2013 at 6:45 am

    The last I read, scientists were highly divided on the overall merits of corn-based ethanol given the fertilizers, fuel used in production/distribution, reduction in gas mileage from lower octane, etc.

    I do think Charles should replace “farmer” with “ADM”, however, as the company that has generated tremendous profits off ethanol policy.

  • William Morgan III April 24, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Simply and directly put, the whole ethanol edict is a load of HORSESHIT and you biased, employment protective CEO’s KNOW IT! You won’t be able to protect your jobs when enough people find out. Hoping you get corporate ethanol enemas.

  • Charles Wood April 24, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Great. So now when we buy gas we send 10% more money to the Middle East and BP among others. It’s not hard to figure out who would benefit from this and it’s not consumers. Personally I’d rather send my 10% to the corn farmers in the the Midwest (US that is). This may be one of the most unpatriotic bills passed in Florida. While we produce gas in the US a good chunk of the money this will generate for oil companies will end up back in places like Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

  • SAM April 24, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Imagine that, Bob Dinneen, President and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, and Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy being opposed to this notion.

    I hope the unintended consequence of this bill is that ros’n ears at Winn-Dixie will drop from $1.24+ each. After all, corn-based ethanol is driving up food AND fuel prices.

    Curious, ain’t it???????!!!!!!!????