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S. 14. Energy Policy/Vote to Allow the EPA to Exempt States With Stringent Air Quality Standards From the Mandated Use of Environmentally-Neutral Ethanol As a Gasoline Additive.
senate Roll Call 203     Jun 03, 2003
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During Senate debate on a bill which would overhaul the nation's energy policies, Senator Bill Frist (R-TN) proposed an amendment which would require gasoline refineries to be using by the year 2012 five billion gallons of ethanol each year. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) proposed a change to the Frist amendment which would have allowed the EPA to waive the proposed increases in ethanol production for those states (such as California) that either already comply with air quality standards in the Clean Air Act or would face economic or environmental harm from the use of ethanol. Progressives supported Feinstein's amendment because, in their view, the ethanol mandate was essentially a corporate subsidy to ethanol manufacturers; the agricultural-giant Archer Daniels Midland, for instance, produces forty-six percent of the nation's ethanol. Ethanol, Progressives pointed out, is also more expensive than other gasoline additives because it cannot be transported through pipelines. The price of gasoline, then, would increase to incorporate the additional cost of ethanol in gasoline production. In the view of Progressives, ethanol would have a negligible impact on the environment; the additional cost of gasoline to consumers, then, would not be associated with any positive environmental benefits. Instead, Progressives argued, the gasoline price hikes would only serve to benefit ethanol manufacturers. Feinstein's proposed changes to the Frist amendment were rejected on a 35-60 vote.

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