Germany recently began introducing gasoline containing a higher percentage of biofuels. But consumers have so far been skittish, leading to production chaos and shortages of traditional gasoline. Some politicians have called for laws mandating that biofuels be scrapped altogether.
It began as a plan to reduce the amount of CO2 being pumped into European skies. But a European Union directive requiring gas stations to sell fuel with 10 percent ethanol content has hit a snag in Germany, where consumers are avoiding the new petrol -- known as E10 -- because it is harmful to some cars. Suppliers have had to slow down deliveries of the fuel, but extra quantities of E10 on hand have left less room for and shortages of traditional fuel in a number of stations given the extra demand.In today's news, it is portrayed everywhere as another weird and unnecessary climate protection measure; faznet calls it a result of the German "Klimaallergie" ("climate allergy"); even the taz tries to find out the culprit (chancellor Merkel?). Thus, it turns out to be another highly unpopular and questionable climate protection measure (after the introduction of the energy saving light bulbs).