Impact of Missouri's E10 Standard on Consumer Fuel Usage, Public Health, & the Environment*
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On January 1, 2008, the Missouri Renewable Fuel Standard Act (RFSA) became effective; mandating that all gasoline sold in the state contain 10% ethanol. The fuel with 90% gas and 10% ethanol is commonly referred to as “E10.” Proponents of the law claim that “Missouri's [RFSA] benefits consumers, our economy, the environment, and Missouri farmers.” Others celebrate the new standard for reducing Missouri's dependence on foreign oil, developing a new production industry, and providing greater demand for locally grown crops. Some consumers however believe that E10 noticeably decreases their fuel-economy. In a Columbia newspaper article, one man said, “I think it's idiotic, my car runs worse with it. I don't like [E10]. It's not nearly as good.” Regardless of one's viewpoint, it is important to evaluate Missouri RFSA's impacts on consumers, the environment and the economy.
Ferlazzo, D.A. (2008). “Impact of Missouri's E0 Standard on Consumer Fuel Usage, Public Health, and the Environment.” Report -2008. Retrieved [Month Day, Year], from University of Missouri Columbia, Institute of Public Policy Web site: http:// www.truman.missouri.edu/ipp/