We’ve all noticed the rising prices at the pump which come at a time when businesses and families across the state continue to face uncertainty. So now is an especially bad time to impose new costs and regulations on consumers and businesses.
AFP-IA is working to oppose legislation that would implement a restrictive fuel mandate limiting the choices Iowans can make at the pump which would raise prices even more. The impacts of this legislation would be most severe in rural communities throughout our state.
The current proposal would:
- Eliminate the availability of cheaper ethanol-free gasoline. The remaining 91 octane option will cost consumers roughly 60 cents more per gallon.
- Restrict the sale of standard diesel fuel for on-road use to winter months only.
- Require the labeling of non-biofuel blends as intended for use in engines primarily used in off-road applications (farm/construction equipment, small engines, boats, ATVs, aircraft, etc).
- Impose nearly $1 billion in new infrastructure costs to fuel retailers throughout the state.
- Lead to the likely closure of hundreds of small gas stations in rural communities.
This is the wrong road for Iowa to take.
Urge your lawmakers to oppose legislation that would impose a restrictive fuel mandate!