The Florida Legislature's vote to repeal the state's ethanol standard illustrates how a strong oil sector generally works against the establishment of a state-level renewable fuels standard, writes Joanna Schroeder. The big ethanol-producing states, except for Minnesota, have production tax incentives but no use requirement, apparently because consumers there generally fill up with homegrown biofuels anyway, Schroeder notes. "If there is catastrophic oil crisis, Americans in Midwestern states would be driving long after those in states heavily reliant on straight gas at the pump," Schroeder states.

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