THUMBS UP: Protest High Gas Prices by Using Ethanol

Physician's Money Digest, September 2006, Volume 13, Issue 9

Where to Go Next

We'd all love to boycott gas stationscompletely in protest of the soaring gasprices. But for most of us, it is just notpossible unless you work within bikingdistance of your job. While purchasing ahybrid car or writing your senator andcongresspersons may provide somelevel of satisfaction, newsletter recommends another wayto stick it to the man: Fill up your tankwith ethanol. All cars can use the mostcommon E10 ethanol gas; only speciallydesigned cars can use E84 ethanol.While your wallet will still take a similarhit as if you were using straight gas,you would make a statement, whilelowering dependence on foreign oil atthe same time—and still get to work.South Dakota in particular has beensupportive of this switch. The staterecently made a deal with ethanol suppliers,offering licensed drivers inKansas, Illinois, Texas, Colorado,Missouri, Wisconsin, North Dakota,Iowa, Minnesota, or Nebraska a $20discount at pumps in its state. You canfind more information at www.drivingethanol.org.