Connecticut's Flex Fuel Fleet: The Ecology of Nowhere

Glenn Swanson
by Glenn Swanson

Like most other states, Connecticut has been buying flex-fuel vehicles to comply with the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct), which requires that 75 percent of new vehicles purchased by the states be capable of running on alternative fuel. According to The Hartford Courant, 1700 of the state’s 4299 vehicles are now flex-fuel compatible. But there’s a snag. There are only two E85 pumps in the entire state. Little wonder that a study released earlier this week by Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell found that the state's flex-fuel vehicles use ethanol only three percent of the time. Given the cost-benefit ratios involved, I can’t help thinking ethanol is a solution looking for a problem.

Glenn Swanson
Glenn Swanson

Glenn is a baby-boomer, born in 1954. Along with his wife, he makes his home in Connecticut. Employed in the public sector as an Information Tedchnology Specialist, Glenn has long been a car fan. Past rides have included heavy iron such as a 1967 GTO, to a V8 T-Bird. In between those high-horsepower cars, he's owned a pair of BMW 320i's. Now, with a daily commute of 40 miles, his concession to MPG dictates the ownership of a 2006 Honda Civic coupe which, while fun to drive, is a modest car for a pistonhead. As an avid reader, Glenn enjoys TTAC, along with many other auto-realated sites, and the occasional good book. As an avid electronic junkie, Glenn holds an Advanced Class amateur ("ham") radio license, and is into many things electronic. From a satellite radio and portable GPS unit in the cars, to a modest home theater system and radio-intercom in his home, if it's run by the movement of electrons, he's interested. :-)

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  • Redbarchetta Redbarchetta on Jul 25, 2007

    Seriously? maybe they will finally take that accident prone twit off the road.

  • VLAD VLAD on Jul 25, 2007

    eh_political: Got to love the name of JHK's blog. :-)

  • Eh_political Eh_political on Jul 25, 2007

    Redbarchetta: Great song, great handle. I am gonna catch Rush in Toronto when they come round to the ACC. I am encouraged by the increasing number of female fans at the gigs... Hippy: I enjoy JHK and RF for the same reason, they are a bit too shrill to have their arguments considered by the mainstream, but thank god for them both. Hey, does anyone know what happened to Jonny Lieberman? I miss his input.

  • Rpn453 Rpn453 on Jul 26, 2007

    Trying to build false economies never works out in the end. Energy supplies are becoming too tight to base economic policies on hopes and dreams.