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Gasoline for America's Security Act of 2005

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GASOLINE FOR AMERICA'S SECURITY ACT OF 2005 -- (House of Representatives - October 07, 2005)

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Mr. RYAN of Wisconsin. Mr. Speaker, I thank the chairman for putting this bill together. I want to talk about one very important provision of this bill, and I want to endorse the passage of this legislation.

This legislation builds on progress we had in the energy bill dealing with boutique fuels, but what I want to do is explain the problem we have with boutique gasoline blends in America.

Today we have 18 different fuel types, which translates into 45 different fuel blends. This map of America looks like a piece of modern art and shows the different fuel blends we have to have running through America today. When we designed our pipeline and refinery system three generations ago, it was designed for one kind of gasoline: conventional gasoline. Today we have to pump 45 different blends of gasoline through that system.

Any time there is a problem with supply, a pipeline break, a hurricane, a refinery fire, what happens? The price of gas skyrockets. There are refineries that cannot even make the needed gasoline for particular areas. The problem is getting worse. This map is because we have 217 counties that have to have some kind of reformulated boutique fuel. Because of the new, 8-hour ozone regulations this year, 474 counties will have to adopt new blends of gasoline so the problem will get even worse if we do nothing. This bill fixes that.

This bill says that, over the next year, the EPA and the DOE will have to design a six-fuel-blend system. So we go from 18 different base blends with 45 different fuels down to six fuels, to make sure we can meet and exceed our Clean Air Act standards, no compromise on those, and have stable, fungible blends of gasoline.

Mr. Speaker, we can have cheap gas and clean gas at the same time in this country. We need to harmonize our gasoline blends so we have standard, stable blends of gasoline. If we do that, we stabilize the supply. If we do that, we stabilize the price. I urge passage of this legislation.

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