What An Open Fuel Standard Means

Friday, December 7, 2012

An open fuel standard would mean the end of the petroleum standard, which the world has been stuck with since the early twentieth century. It means the end of a one-fuel economy and the beginning of a free market for transportation fuel.

Many excellent fuels are available that cost less and burn cleaner than gasoline, but our cars were made in such a way that we cannot put these fuels in our cars. An open fuel standard would change this. With only a few small tweaks to the manufacture of a car, it would be capable of burning methanol, ethanol, butanol, and gasoline — in any combination or proportion. Each car would become a platform upon which fuels could compete.

The repercussions of real fuel competition would be enormous. When cars start rolling off assembly lines capable of burning multiple fuels, gasoline prices would have to come down to compete, new jobs would be created by companies scrambling to get a piece of the hundreds of billions of dollars Americans spend on fuel per year, less CO2 and other pollutants would spill into the air, landfills would have significantly less bulk, rural people in developing countries would raise their standards of living, women in oppressive OPEC nations would see the regimes holding them down begin to weaken, America's national security would improve without costing taxpayers any more money, and you, the consumer, would finally be able to have as much choice with your fuel as you do with your coffee.

Learn more on YouTube: What is the Open Fuel Standard?

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