THE REALITY: No, it means removing an overlooked but substantial barrier to consumer choice and an open fuel market.
When we go to the pump, most of us have one fuel choice–gasoline. One of the reasons is that automakers perpetuate the oil monopoly by manufacturing vehicles to run only on gasoline and by further dictating warranty terms that require the use of gasoline, even in cases where other fuels would not compromise engine functioning, performance, safety or durability.
Because the role of government in capitalism is to enable markets, our goal is to simply facilitate an open market that includes viable, American-made replacement fuels and allow customers a choice at the pump. This means that auto manufacturers cannot pre-determine what fuels we use by prohibiting the use of non-gasoline options except in designated flex-fuel vehicles.
A recent regulatory mandate requires automakers to install rear-view cameras in vehicles to reduce incidence of injury of death of children by cars in reverse. Approximately the same cost per vehicle could benefit the health and welfare of all Americans through fuel price competition and freedom of choice.+