Skip to comments.EPA Institutes Minimum Gas Purchase Requirement For Some Stations
Posted on 09/19/2012 11:16:46 AM PDT by Nachum
Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R., Wis.) has a post on the Hills Congress Blog highlighting a bizarre new regulation from the EPA requiring some gas stations to sell at least four gallons of gasoline at a time. It affects those that pump both E10 and E15 (gas with 10 percent or 15 percent ethanol) through the same hose. Since E15 is pretty terrible for small engines and old cars (Sensenbrenner says its like metal in a microwave for a small engine), the theory is that when customers whose engines cannot handle it are buying gas,
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Jimmy Carter and 1973 all over again. Next odd even license plates.
How much gasoline is actually between the switch choosing what I'm getting and the nozzle? It seems like 4 gallons is an awful lot for the difference between E10 and E15 unless a gallon is between the switch and the nozzle.
Just go to ethanol free stations(pure) like I do..
The age old question - “Or what?” This will be a true wonder to enforce.
so if a customer who’s engine can’t handle the gas is forced to buy a minimum amount, it’ll make sure to fry his engine.
Useful link to find pure gas. It's all I use.
The EPA...is there anything they don’t know and want to control?
Damn it! Well, then you find 'em, and you get 'em back in the dome! And to make sure nobody else gets out, I want roving death squads around the perimeter 24-7! I want 10,000 tough guys, and I want 10,000 soft guys to make the tough guys look tougher! And here's how I want them arranged: tough, soft, tough, tough, soft, tough, soft, soft, tough, tough, soft, soft, tough, soft, tough, soft!
Sir, I'm afraid you've gone mad with power.
Of course I have! Have you ever tried going mad without power? It's boring, no one listens to you!
I only made that mistake once, but it didn't ruin the car nor the engine. I was driving a 2008 Honda Civic.
This is a small example of why the US has crashed to 18th place on the Cato Index of economic freedom.
so if you buy ONE gallon you stil have to pay for FOUR?
Talk about a TAX PENALTY!
who keeps the extra money?
What about motorcycles, EPA?
When we fill up our Harleys we go to stations with separate hoses for each type of gas, not stations with one hose.
Do you really think the EPA cares? Nope, just so long as it's held that they can actually do this.
It really is time to start teaching bureaucrats the rope-dance.
so the epa will mandate seperate hoses because the regulation will create more jobs. Then you have to have hose inspectors. Then there will be tax collections on the parts... I think a democrat just had an tax orgasm.
None in my neck of the woods
Destroying engines stimulates the economy. Just like taking lead out of gas did.
Shh! Don’t give them any ideas.
Very helpful... unless you live in an area where none is available. Hard to justify a round trip of 120 miles or more to fill up.
Unfortunately we live in the Houston suburbs and it is many miles to the nearest one. Times like this I wish we lived in Alaska where all gasoline is ethanol free. Just ridiculous. Unintended consequence for not participating in Cash for Clunkers?
Many Valero gas stations have ethanol free gas. Also Lukoil.
Where I am in Washington State I’ve never detected more than a trace in local gasoline (less than 0.5%, which is nothing). I think the distributors decided they weren’t going to play that game.
“So if I tank up a Sportster do I run the extra on the ground?”
That is exactly what needs to happen. They would just go apoplectic and maybe get an object lesson as a result of their stupidity.
Actually I have a better idea. Strip the immunity and make these people personally criminally and civilly liable for their actions.
My guess after a few of these little Stalins ended up living in a homeless shelter for the rest of their lives, the others might stop and think before they acted.
You would probably just get the local gas station owner fined
How are you measuring it?
We don’t have Lukoil in our part of the woods and all of our Valero stations have ethanol in their gas. I would suspect it is because we are in a metropolitan area and God forbid that we should pollute. Looked on the Internet and there are lots of ethanol free stations in places like Corpus and West Texas though. Little far to go to fill up.
It was wonderful when we were in Mississippi earlier this year where they still have normal gas stations and pumps. Gas was a lot less expensive, too.
Sent article to a friend who has a weird sense of humor. He suggested everyone just run the first four gallons onto the ground and then begin filling the tank. Expensive but not as much as a new engine for his old clunker.
With an EAA test kit.
Is still listed but not actually available?
Thanks for the link.
Easy enough if you live where they exist. Unfortunately, most of us do not (If the map is correct at the above-linked site.)
What about lawnmowers? I guess you have to burn up three gallons in your vehicle then pay for four rather than just walk to the gas station for one gallon for your mower.
I forgot about lawnmowers! We have a wimpy electric model that we keep hoping will break so we can replace it with a REAL lawnmower.
Not sure if you have Entex stations in your area, but they have started offering Ethanol Free 87 octane.