Fill 'Er Up: Beebe Pumps Gas to Promote Biofuel

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Mike Beebe doesn't normally pump his own gas on the state-funded vehicle that carts him around the state. But the Arkansas governor gave it a shot while trying to promote biofuels today.

The fill-up was part of a news conference Beebe held at Go Green Biofuels in Little Rock. The governor filled up the SUV that transports him around the state with E-85, an ethanol blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. Beebe's SUV is a flex-fuel vehicle, which can run on both gasoline and ethanol.

Beebe filled up the car as the station reduced the price of its E-85 fuel to $1.85 a gallon for two hours to promote alternative fuels. A sign for the station before the event listed the price of E-85 at $3.35 a gallon.

At the special price, it cost $38 to fill up the governor's ride.

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