Yes, that’s correct — the state of Oregon legislated a mandatory lowering of fuel economy as it’s now required that all gasoline sold must be an E10 mix of gas/ethanol. Of course, ethanol is not without problems, not the least is it tends to attract water, and its solvent properties can ruin older engines (and boats, chain saws, lawnmowers and more). The bigger problem is it reduces fuel economy by about 5% (with the range of 3-10%), and since the law requires it, even if Oregon has millions of gallons of gas available, an ethanol shortage will cause severe disruptions in supply.
So if you live in Oregon, when you fill up with E10 notice you’re actually spending more on gas (and getting less miles per tank) than you did before. The effect of this law is a massive tax on hard-working Oregon citizens — a 5% decrease in fuel economy equating to about a $.20/gallon *increase* in the price of gas — as well as increasing gas consumption at a time when conservation should be the goal. Great ideas when gas is $4/gallon — brought to you by the Oregon legislature and Governor Kulongoski.
Oregon government — raising gas prices, decreasing fuel economy, increasing gas consumption and creating the perfect storm for gas shortages. We can’t imagine anyone with an IQ above single digits actually believing this is a good idea, so were some back-room deals done to push this absurdity onto Oregon citizens? Who knows, but we’d sure like to know what they were thinking to believe this was a good idea.
Insane ideas like this demonstrate why government gridlock is good; the less legislating done, the better off citizens are.
Note: If you’re actually for this idea, please leave a note and explain why increasing gas consumption, raising prices, decreasing fuel economy, increasing food prices, causing food shortages, and damaging engines is actually a good idea — we’d really like to know.