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May 10, 2005
St. Paul, Minn. — Gov. Pawlenty signed the ethanol mandate into law at a gas station that sells E-85, a blend containing 85-percent ethanol.
The new law would double the state's current requirement that all gasoline sold in the state contain 10 percent of the corn-based additive. Pawlenty says Minnesota is on its way to becoming the "Saudi Arabia of renewable fuels."
"And so we are very excited now to once again raise the bar for the entire nation in renewable fuels by not modestly increasing the ethanol in our gasoline but proposing to double it by the signing of this bill," he said.
The mandate won't take effect unless Minnesota receives a waiver from the federal government. Car manufacturers say 20-percent ethanol hasn't been tested in cars, and could cause problems.
Minnesota has 14 ethanol plants, and two under construction.