E85 Boondoggle of the Day: SD Taxpayers Pay for E85 Highway Signs

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
e85 boondoggle of the day sd taxpayers pay for e85 highway signs

Let’s say you’re driving down South Dakota Highway 50 and you’ve GOT to fill-up on E85. Obviously, you don't REALLY have to; any car that can run on E85 can run on “normal” gasoline. (And run farther too, but that's another story.) So let's just imagine it's a patriotic “our boys don’t have to die defending corn fields” thing. Or maybe a "I heart Federal Subsidies" deal. So, how do you know where to get a tankful of corn juice? Tom-Tom Go? Phone a friend? Not to worry! The South Dakota’s legislature is here to help! According to KXMC.com, the Mount Rushmore State just enacted legislation that requires state officials to list E85 availability on interstate highway signs. Hang on; “State officials say the bill is premature because South Dakota is in a regional compact of states that are planning a system of uniform signs for renewable fuels.” So they're doing this twice? Anyway, no word yet on how much either boondoggle’s going to cost. But we ALL know who’s going to pay for it…

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  • Justjim Justjim on Jan 30, 2008

    Why melt down a food product like corn when wild prairie grass will do the job much more efficiantly. Instead of paying farmers to till corn into our fuel tanks, let them grow prairie grass for some 500% more effiency per acre grown in this new "Frankenfuel".

  • Jkross22 Jkross22 on Jan 30, 2008

    Sounds like South Dakota has had a recent influx of California politicians. Nothing else could explain this level of stupidity.

  • Donal Donal on Jan 30, 2008

    When Everyday is a Winding Road, you really need your: Gasoline - Sheryl Crow Way back in the year of 2017 The sun was growing hotter And oil was way beyond its peak When crazy Hector Johnson broke into a refinery And the black gold started flowing Just like Boston tea It was the summer of the riots And London sat in sweltering heat And the gangs of Mini Coopers Took the battle to the streets But when the creed was handed down For no more trucks and no more cars They threw cans of petrol through the windows at Scotland Yard Gasoline Will be free, will be free Gasoline Will be free, will be free Soon they'll have her crowing about E85.

  • Alex Rodriguez Alex Rodriguez on Jan 31, 2008

    I have to agree, it is a little dumb to pay for signs, when all you have to do is look it up on the internet. By the way, there are 70 E85 stations in South Dakota now, and the list grows by the week. http://www.e85refueling.com/locations.php?state=sdSouth%20Dakota&PHPSESSID=5f570b99f8ff384523f1a81c39f85787