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Some see ethanol blocking newer fuels
Source : desmoinesregister.com
The ethanol industry's drive to increase its market is raising concerns that it could stifle development of next-generation biofuels that could be used more easily in conventional cars, service stations and pipelines. Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Ia., would require automakers to equip new cars and trucks to run on both ethanol and gasoline and require service stations to install pumps that can dispense varying blends of the biofuel. But Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, worries that building an infrastructure for ethanol could discourage the development of synthetic versions of gasoline, diesel and other conventional fuels. Those fuels, which are being researched at Iowa State University and elsewhere, could used be in conventional engines and distributed through existing pipelines and service stations, sidestepping the special infrastructure needs required by higher blends of ethanol. Such "drop-in" fuels are the "best fit for the country" in the medium to long term, Bingaman said at a hearing Thursday on Harkin's proposal.
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11 April 2011 |
United States & Canada
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