Senator Blunt touts bill reducing 'Starbucks of the petroleum business,' or boutique fuels

Aug 30, 2013

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt was in Cape Girardeau, Thursday, Aug. 29, touting legislation to reduce 'boutique' fuels.
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U.S. Senator Roy Blunt was in Missouri on Thursday to promote legislation that would reduce the number of so-called "boutique" fuels.

Under the Clean Air Act, different cities use different blends of fuel. Blunt's bill reduces the number of boutique fuels and broadens the ability of the Environmental Protection Agency to give a waiver to a city to use whichever fuel they want in times of supply disruption.

At gas station in Cape Girardeau, the Republican Senator says before the Clean Air Act, the refineries were not the profit centers of the oil industry.

"After the Clean Air Act, they become like the Starbucks of the petroleum business because you're making this unique product for a unique buyer, and by the way, while you're doing that, you're slowing down the flow of every other product so you can make and deliver this unique kind of fuel," Blunt said.

Blunt says his legislation would give gasoline prices more stability at the pump.