While George W. Bush suggested the high gas prices
are partially to blame on the blended boutique fuels needed to help states meet clean-air rules, a draft study ordered by the White House claims the opposite. The review, conducted by a task force headed by the EPA
and involving and Energy and Agriculture department state representatives, concluded the boutique fuels have not caused distribution problems or contributed to price increases. The report stated that both refining and distribution systems currently in place have sufficient capacity to provide the needed quantities of boutique fuels, unless there are disruptions in the supply. Nevertheless, energy legislation passed by Congress last year limits the growth of boutique fuels, and allows the EPA to waive the use in the case of supply problems. Do we really want to sacrifice clean air for price increases?
[Source: Detroit Free Press]