Most Americans say they would like to know where their fuel comes from, according to a new poll by Growth Energy. The poll of 1200 registered voters found that 68 percent support country-of-origin labeling on gasoline, 15 percent oppose and 17 percent don’t know.
The polling data was released in conjunction with an announcement by U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, that he intends to introduce legislation mandating that all gasoline sold in the U.S. carry country-of-origin labeling (COOL). Growth Energy launched a Labelmyfuel.com initiative last August at Farm Progress Show, in an effort to create more market transparency for American consumers of foreign petroleum.
“Congressman Braley’s bill would let U.S. drivers know where they are sending their dollars when they gas up. If the oil is from Venezuela, or Abu Dhabi, or Saudi Arabia, let people know. Americans deserve to know where their money goes – whether it stays here or goes overseas,” said Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy. “Knowing that 68 percent of people in America support COOL for Fuel tells us that Congressman Braley is on the right track.”
According to Growth Energy, as much as 60 percent of all American gasoline is refined from overseas oil at a cost to taxpayers of at least $50 billion to protect oil shipping routes.