Governor opens green station
Gov. Job Bush, continuing his push to promote the use of ethanol-blend fuels, pumped the first thankful of the fuel from the state's first 'green station' in Tallahassee on Wednesday.
The Associated Press reported that he got a tank full of the blended fuel at $2.29 a gallon, and state officials said he would begin using a vehicle that can use the 'E-85' fuel within two weeks. The fuel can only be used in flex-fuel vehicles.
Bush has urged Congress to put the import duties on ethanol-blend fuel produced in Brazil.
There are a number of plants in development in Florida that will produce the fuel. That includes a plants being built by U.S. EnvironFuel at the Port of Tampa and a second plant the company plans to build at Port Manatee.
Bush hopes to see ethanol produced from sawgrass in Florida that would be sold domestically and potentially to foreign buyers.
There are currently about 5 million cars and trucks on the road in the U.S. that can use flex fuel. Those include Chevy Suburbans, some Ford F-150s, and some Mercedes cars.