Developing flex-fuel technology for vehicles is the "cheapest and easiest" way to reduce the strategic importance of oil and reduce its monopolistic power, much like canning and refrigeration eliminated the monopoly over food preservation held by the salt industry, argues this opinion article. "If every car sold around the world was flex-fueled, gasoline would have to compete at the pump against a variety of alternative fuels, and the oil barons in the Middle East would be challenged by fuels made elsewhere," the writer argues. Congress should pass the Open Fuel Standard Act, which requires that half of all new cars be flex-fuel capable by 2012, the writer says.

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