Iowa Lawmakers Oppose Renewable Fuel Changes

Gary Jones, a worker with the University of Iowa Fleet Services, fills a UI rental car with Ethanol 85 (E85) a mixture of 85 percent Ethanol and 15 percent gasoline at the Fleet Services in Iowa City on Thursday, April 29, 2005. 30 percent of UI automobiles will accept E85. Currently there are 16 commercial gas station in Iowa that sell E85. The E85 pump in Iowa City is for UI automobiles only.

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By Larry Burkum

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa lawmakers want it known that they oppose a proposal that would reduce the amount of ethanol in the nation's fuel supply.

Legislators in the state House and state Senate voted Thursday in favor of resolutions supporting the existing fuel standards. They are reacting to a recent proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce the amount of ethanol that must be blended with gasoline in 2014.

The resolutions are purely symbolic.

Iowa is the nation's leading producer of ethanol, a fuel additive primarily made from corn that produces lower carbon emissions than gasoline. The EPA proposal drew outcry by political leaders from both parties who claimed such a move would devastate Iowa's economy.

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