Earlier this year the Baird LNP government brought in huge punitive fines, up to $550,000, for service stations if they do not stock E10 fuel. The legislation is intended to increase E1o usage to 6% of all fuel sold. As usual this is supposed to help save us all from global warming which is not actually happening.
“Some motorists who could not, or chose not to, use E10 in their vehicles used premium unleaded petrol (PULP) due to the reduced availability of RULP [ie. regular ULP].
Motorists in Sydney purchased significantly higher volumes of PULP and E10 (i.e. RULP with up to 10 per cent ethanol) and much lower volumes of RULP than motorists in other states. In 2014?15, PULP made up 54 per cent of total petrol sales in Sydney and E10 made up 36 per cent. In comparison, PULP sales as a proportion of total petrol sales in Australia excluding NSW were 23 per cent and E10 sales were 4 per cent.”
So because service stations are being forced to stock E10 we’re seeing NSW drivers purchasing much more expensive premium petrol just to avoid buying E10. So much so that premium petrol, which is 10-15 c/L more expensive, now is up to 54% of total sales.
Wow, is that a rebellion or what? It also doesn’t count the annoyed drivers forced to fill up with cheaper E10, which made up 36% of petrol sold in NSW but only 4% in other states where consumers had a choice.
Personally I choose to go to the few remaining service stations that provide ethanol-free ULP and fill up with that. But I buy premium ethanol-free petrol when I get stuck in a servo without ordinary ULP. I do that because I would be a hypocrite if I used biofuel.
Not only is there no global warming occurring in the real world, but bioethanol and biodiesel are useless for avoiding CO2 emissions, cause catastrophic ecological damage and contribute to hundreds of thousands of deaths each year in poor countries through food price inflation.
So why is Mike Baird ramming E10 down our throats when it doesn’t even do what it is supposed to do, and is incredibly unpopular according to the ACCC? I have no idea.
But I strongly suspect that every time the people of Western Sydney fill up their tanks with expensive premium petrol, because there is no ULP available at their local service station, they think small curses at the Baird government.