Guess We’re All Gonna Have to Run Out and Buy Rotary Push Mowers

TALLAHASSEE — As ethanol-blended fuel begins pouring into Florida, the state’s gas stations are making a last-ditch effort to ensure that consumers can still buy regular gas.

The state Senate on Thursday approved a measure that would ensure that fuel terminal operators will still supply some unblended gas with an octane rating of 87 for small engines, like those in all-terrain vehicles, jet skis, and generators, as well as boats and older cars whose engines could be damaged by ethanol.

The proposal still must be approved by the House before the session ends Friday at midnight. The measure was introduced a day after the Senate gave final passage to a comprehensive energy bill requiring, among many things, that all fuel sold in Florida contain 10 percent ethanol by the end of 2010.


Jim Smith, president of the Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association, which represents more than 5,000 gas stations, said his organization was left with no choice but to push the amendment, which became part of a House pest control bill, after the energy bill was approved Wednesday with no language guaranteeing that at least some ethanol-free gas would be available.

The Orlando market, notably, was to have been completely transitioned to a 10 percent ethanol fuel, known as E10, by Friday because Houston energy company, Kinder Morgan, began supplying only ethanol blends from the region’s sole terminal near the Orlando airport.

Joe Hollier, a spokesman for the company, said the company would be able to provide unblended, though on a restricted basis.

”In the Orlando area, . . . members that need conventional gas for marinas have to go to Jacksonville, Tampa or Fort Lauderdale to get that fuel. That adds a tremendous cost for transportation, which the consumer is ultimately going to pay,” Smith said.

Several oil companies with terminals in the Port Everglades already have retrofitted their facilities to provide the blended fuels exclusively.

David Mica, a lobbyist with the Florida Petroleum Council, said the amendment was potentially catastrophic.”


”It really screws up the marketplace for gasoline,” Mica said, If you run out of the [unblended] fuel, you would be in violation of the law.”

If the amendment fails, South Florida could be an all-E10 market by August. ExxonMobil said most of its stations will start selling only E10 fuels by the end of next week. So will BP. Hess stations changed over several months ago. Shell began in March. Chevron makes the switch July 1.


So, we can’t ride ATVs, cut our grass, run generators, ride jet skis, go boating, or drive older cars because……we can’t get gas without ethanol in it.

Dumbass Florida legislators. This is what happens when stupid people try to save the planet.

8 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Robert D said,

    What the hell is it about living on the coast, east or west, that makes legislators brain dead? This ethanol thing needs to be stopped, it is not the answer. Except for the ones lucky enough to get the money for nothing.

  2. 2

    swampie said,

    BP was the only station in town we could still buy non-ethanol fuel.

  3. 3

    swampie said,

    I dunno what the contractors that can’t run the ethanol blend in their generators, concrete machines, concrete saws, etc. are gonna do.

  4. 4

    Robert D said,

    I’m amazed that we haven’t had that happen up here. (knock on wood) We still have non-ethanol fuel for now….

  5. 5

    swampie said,

    This is what happens when legislators get their science news from Jim Hansen. The whole lot of them need to be sued for malfeasance.

  6. 6

    WHere can I find ethanol-free gas in Jacksonville? Help!

  7. 7

    mike deleo said,

    we know that ethanol gas is only usable if it is consumed within 2 months of purchase . what in gods name do i do with a new 15000 dollar optimax outboard motor and a 60 gallon fuel tank boat is used rarely and ikeep the tank full . i always have some fuel that is degraded in the tank ethanol is unamerican and should not be sold!

  8. 8

    swampie said,

    Beats me! I bought the human powered push mower.

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