Monday, July 03, 2006

Green, Ryan shop for votes at boutique

Reps. Mark Green and Paul Ryan, two Wisconsin Republicans who've been there for Big Oil when it was at the trough for multi-billion dollar tax breaks, now say they want to do something about gasoline prices.

Their not-too-original idea: eliminate so-called "boutique" gasoline blends, long a target of conservatives and Republican radio in southeastern Wisconsin.

They are parroting President Bush when he blamed "boutique" fuels for the higher costs of gas.

But it appears a report commissioned by Bush's White House debunks that theory:
WASHINGTON - "Boutique" gasoline blends to help states meet clean air rules are not a factor in higher prices as President Bush has suggested, says a draft of a study ordered by the White House.

Although often cited as a reason for volatile gasoline prices, so-called "boutique fuels" have not caused unusual distribution problems or contributed to price increases, the report concludes.
So why, a reader asks, do Green and Ryan continue to pursue that?

I assume that's a rhetorical question. Can you say politics?


At 12:01 PM, Blogger publius said...

Could it possibly have something to do with the fact that boutique blends are less efficient and burn at higher temps?

Now while the price may be the same, you are still buying more (mile per mile) for less efficiency and more engine maintenance.

While that cost may not register on your economic radar, it does ultimately register over the long-term on "the average middle-class taxpayer" that you advocate for in your latest Clio-worthy project.

At 3:08 PM, Blogger Michael J. Cheaney said...

So why, a reader asks, do Green and Ryan continue to pursue that?
-The same reason that Democrats Scream Price Gouging at every turn?


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