Senate Panel Approves Ethanol Requirement

APRIL 19, 2006 - Posted at 3:01 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - A critic says a proposed mandate to use ethanol gasoline could hurt the alternative fuel industry.

Despite the warnings, the Senate Agriculture Committee today approved a bill that would require most of the state's gas be blended with ethanol whenever the alternative fuel is cheaper than regular gas.

Doug Beach from Casey's General Stores told the panel that the convenience store chain sold more ethanol than any other gas could lead to the use of even less ethanol.

Supporters of the ethanol requirement say it will drive down gas prices, help farmers and improve air quality.

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