An authoritarian push

When the US oil industry resists the forced sale of nonpetroleum fuel—ethanol—in gasoline blends, its arguments tend to be dismissed a self-serving efforts to defend its share of the vehicle-fuel market. To some degree, that view has validity. Ethanol, helped by past tax credits and current sales mandates, now claims more than 10% of the gasoline market. Volumetric requirements under current law, if they could be met, would raise that portion to nearly 30% of gasoline demand projected by the Energy Information Administration. Such growth in ethanol's market share can seem to conflict with the commercial interests of oil companies. Yet companies selling gasoline don't give away ethanol ble...

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