Monday, June 16, 2008

Missouri Governor Blocks Kansas City's Ethanol Request

Missouri Governor Matt Blunt ethanol E10 waiver RFSMissouri Governor Matt Blunt announced Friday that he is denying requests to exempt Kansas City from the sale of ethanol-blended gas.

The Mid-America Regional Council and the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce had requested that the governor issue a waiver from state law that requires most of Missouri’s gasoline to include a blend of 10 percent ethanol (E-10).

The renewable fuel standard, which requires most gasoline sold to contain at least 10 percent ethanol, boasts advantages for both the environment and Missourians’ pocketbooks.

In a letter to both organizations (pdf), the governor noted it is in Missouri’s best interest to leave in place the state’s E-10 standard in the Kansas City area. The governor cited environmental, consumer and regulatory benefits for his decision.
“We have reviewed the request for a waiver of the E-10 standard in the Kansas City area,” Gov. Blunt said. “After thorough consideration of all aspects of this waiver request, I have decided it is in the best interest of the state to not issue the waiver.”
Missouri became the third state to implement an E-10 standard. Ethanol is a cleaner burning alternative to petroleum based gasoline and is more efficient to produce. It contains more oxygen, which results in better combustion and fewer carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and carcinogenic emissions.

Source: Missouri Governor Matt Blunt

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