A bit of stupidity from New South Wales:
NSW drivers could face more petrol price rises this year after the government bans regular unleaded fuel, pushing up demand for ethanol-blended and premium unleaded fuel, the industry has warned.
From July, petrol stations will no longer be permitted to sell regular unleaded petrol, because the government wants to promote renewable biofuels.
Leaded fuels were banned for sensible reasons, because they contained a harmful pollutant, but now we’re scared of carbon dioxide, the integral molecule in the carbon cycle, the very basis for life as we know it.
An Australian Competition and Consumer Commission report on the issue last month warned of a ”significant impact” on consumers, particularly those forced to pay for the much more expensive premium unleaded petrol if their cars cannot run on ethanol-based petrol, which is the case with all cars made before 1986.
What else would you expect? Of course the price is going to go up. Didn’t the Liberals win the last election in a landslide?
Considering the reduction in carbon dioxide emissions are minimal, and ethanol is less efficient, this is an unneccessary burden on consumers.
Last year ethanol was 2.6¢ a litre cheaper; this year the difference fell to 1.7¢. Some motorists argue ethanol is already functionally more expensive because it provides less mileage than regular petrol. The NRMA says ethanol-fuel is between 1 and 3½ per cent less fuel efficient.