Ethanol fueling up with Minister Bailey

THE KAP Crossbench have come out strong against claims by “consumer advocate” groups and the ACCC claiming that the Queensland Ethanol Mandate will cause prices to rise.

The suggestions that consumers will pay more for fuel because of the mandate have equally been slammed by other biofuels groups.

“RACQ is constantly struggling for relevance coming up with ridiculous claims,” long time biofuels advocate and Member for Mount Isa Rob Katter said.

“The biggest irony is the fact that the RACQ itself supports further education campaigns yet fosters ignorance about this fuel.

“Equally the ACCC reports which showed that NSW motorists have switched to more expensive premium petrol is not a direct reflection on the situation in Queensland,” he said.

“The ACCC has not taken into account the lack of education programs by the NSW Government, a stark contrast to the E10 OK campaign and other education initiatives rolled out in Queensland.

As unlike NSW regular unleaded fuel will continue to be sold in Queensland, Mr Katter believes it is even more unlikely motorists will move to premium after the introduction of the mandate in 2017.

“Those opposed to ethanol have no basis for their claims, and are promoting a mistrust in the bio-fuel which will be the only reason prices rise,” Mr Katter said.

“There is clearly no reason motorists will pay more at the bowser because of this mandate,” he said.

Member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth who also played a significant role in the introduction of the mandate said the fears about the fuels were unfounded.

“Every major auto manufacturer in the world honours their warranty in full using 10% ethanol blends, so I just don’t understand the reasoning behind these arguments,” Mr Knuth said.

“The NRMA has proven driving styles and conditions have a bigger impact on the fuel economy than the fuel used.

“Sure there are a few niche vehicles who still do not use ethanol blends, though these vehicles will already be using premium blends,” he said.

Mr Katter and Mr Knuth look forward to the beginning of the Ethanol Mandate in early 2017 and the benefits it will bring to rural and regional Australia.


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