Talent Joins Push for More Ethanol Fuel Stations

MAY 18, 2006 - Posted at 8:11 a.m. CST

WASHINGTON - More than five million vehicles run on gasoline blended with ethanol, yet only 600 gas stations across the country sell the fuel.

Now, Congress wants to give retailers more incentives to carry the blend, called E-85.

Senator Jim Talent of Missouri has a bill that would reimburse retailers for 30 percent of the cost of installing E-85 tanks.  Missouri has more than 50 that sell E-85 or plan to do so soon.

Proponents say using more ethanol would help farmers and reduce the nation's dependance on foreign oil.  U.S. oil refiners oppose the planned incentives, arguing the ethanol industry already gets plenty of subsidies.

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