Are the biggest retail gasoline chains offering consumers a choice at the pump?

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has graded some of the largest retail gasoline chains on whether they are providing consumers with homegrown and less expensive options like E15 or E85 at the pump.

Unfortunately, the “big five” oil-company owned chains gen a big fat “F” on their report card.

Fewer than 1 percent of Exxon, BP, ConocoPhillips, Chevron and Shell stations offer American made renewable fuels. More than 25 percent of independent retailers give consumers the option of filing up with ethanol-blended fuel.

The report card also discovered that big oil-owned stations make it difficult for retailers to offer ethanol blends by including provisions in distribution contracts that prevent the sale of E85 under the station canopy or requiring onerous labeling.

The entire report card is well worth your time and is yet another example of how the Big Oil monopoly has a stranglehold on your wallet every time you pull into a station to fill up. When you’re driving this summer and fall, do your best to fill up at a station that receiving a passing grade from RFA and supports consumer choice at the pump.

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