Big Oil suppressing biofuels? Obama thinks so.
Well well. Seems Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) agrees with ThinkProgress that Big Oil doesn’t want you to know about biofuels.
Hot off the press-release presses:
U.S. Senators Barack Obama (D-IL) and Charles Grassley (R-IA) today asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate whether big oil corporations are knowingly restricting consumer access to alternative fuels like ethanol and biodiesel as a result of company policies.
“I believe that it is crucial for our national security and economic security that the United States lessen its dependence on foreign oil,” said Senator Obama. “And if big oil companies are standing in the way of consumers who want to fill their vehicles with cleaner alternative fuels made here in the United States, then I believe the American people deserve to know why.”
According to an internal memorandum from a major petroleum company obtained by Senator Obama’s office, gas station franchise owners are prohibited from selling non brand name renewable fuels like E85 and B20 from fuel islands or underneath canopies bearing the oil company’s name or logo. The memo also said that any alternative location of fuel pumps dispensing alternative fuels must be approved.
This could get interesting.