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Boutique Fuel NonsensePresident George W. Bush gave an excellent and comprehensive speech before the Renewable Fuels Association this morning about the fuel cost problems we are having today. He suspended purchases for the strategic oil reserves, and rightly noted that our oil addiction is a national security problem.
Another problem he addressed is the irrational requirements for different fuel blends to be sold in various regions of the country, and he stated that he is easing some of these restrictions.
These blends are known as 'boutique fuels', and they also add to the cost of fuel. Bush addressed this issue succinctly:
When you have an uncoordinated, overly complex set of fuel rules, it tends to cause the price to go up.
Federal law requires reformulated gasoline in the following nine metropolitan areas in order to reduce ozone smog: Baltimore, Chicago, Hartford, Houston, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New York, Philadelphia, and San Diego. These varying requirements make it difficult for our limited refining capacity (another issue Bush addressed) to efficiently utilize what oil we get, making regions susceptible to unnecessary shortages and expenses. One refinery fire, for example, can spike the price in one region for weeks before refineries are able to plug the gap.
A GAO report released last year lays out the boutique fuels problems:
Thanks to Knowledge Problem for this quote, and for this map showing the crazy patchwork of fuel requirements:
Boutique fuels: a dumb idea that needs to go.
Posted by Ken McCracken · 25 April 2006 11:22 AM
Ken...You are brilliant!
Posted by: Zsa Zsa at April 25, 2006 11:29 AM
Oh no, but it's big oil's fault. C'mon Ken, if you keep this up people won't blame us and they might actually blame themselves for ridiculous levels of consumption.
Posted by: Rob B. at April 25, 2006 12:56 PM
Big oil is the pusher selling to the addict . . .
Posted by: Ken McCracken at April 25, 2006 01:41 PM
that damn Bush!
Posted by: christian at April 25, 2006 02:48 PM
I blame US consumers...
Posted by: Hoodlumman at April 26, 2006 12:52 PM
I have the perfect solution to this problem.
Posted by: rightwingprof at April 26, 2006 01:17 PM