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Klobuchar pushes for more E-85

Federal legislation sponsored by U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar would provide grants to install more E-85 pump across the country.

The Minnesota Democrat joined other farm-state senators in an effort to expand use of the ethanol-based fuel, which now mostly is made from corn.

"With gas prices up over $3 a gallon and oil companies raking in record profits, its time to move forward with homegrown energy," Klobuchar said. "E-85 and other renewable fuels mean jobs for our country and cheaper fuel for our cars. We can produce all the homegrown energy we want, but without the pumps to take the fuel from our farms to the tanks in our cars, we will never have energy independence."

About six million vehicles can use the fuel, but only 1,200 of the country's 170,000 gasoline stations carry the fuel, about half in Minnesota.

Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.