Connecticut's Flex Fuel Fleet: The Ecology of Nowhere
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.