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Blunt: Cutting Back Gas Blends Would Reduce Price Spikes

OZARK, Mo. -- Senator Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) talked gas prices Wednesday in Ozark. He reintroduced his "Gas Accessibility & Stabilization" (GAS) Act bill aimed at easing the pain at the pump.
Every city doesn't need their own unique blend of gas.
OZARK, Mo. -- Senator Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) talked gas prices Wednesday in Ozark.

He reintroduced his "Gas Accessibility & Stabilization" (GAS) Act bill aimed at easing the pain at the pump.

We all remember this summer when gas prices suddenly spiked nearly $4 a gallon. Some surrounding areas were 50-60 cents cheaper. Senator Blunt says that's the gap in price he wants to close.

He blamed the spike in gas prices this summer in southwest Missouri on a refinery shutdown happening at the same time we were changing from the winter fuel blend of fuel to the summer blend of fuel required by the Clean Air Act.

"I'm saying we don't need to have any more of those blends than we absolutely have to have. It may be possible for a city to have the blend of gas they need to meet the clean air standard. Every city doesn't need their own unique blend of gas."

Blunt says his gas act proposal would simplify the fuel blends and allows the EPA to grant a waiver so a community could use whatever fuel they have on hand if there's a disruption. 

If the EPA didn't act in three days, it would automatically be approved. Some constituents remain skeptical.

"I don't know," says one KOLR10 viewer. "I think it's just politics. Period. I don't know all the details. All I know is the ethanol is not working for me."

Blunt also said the government needs to look closer at using American resources for energy.

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