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A Head Start on Savings at the Pump

by Joel Velasco on Nov 01, 2010

With gas prices on the rise and Thanksgiving travel ahead, many Americans are reminded of the pinch at the pump. Lowering fuel prices in the long term is one important reason we’re trying to stimulate competition among clean, alternative fuels by eliminating the tariff on imported ethanol. The tariff is set to expire on December 31st, and here at Sweeter Alternative – we’re ready to make a down payment and help you get a head start on potential fuel savings now. Today I’m announcing a month-long giveaway of fuel gift cards.

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With gas prices on the rise and Thanksgiving travel ahead, many Americans are reminded of the pinch at the pump. Lowering fuel prices in the long term is one important reason we’re trying to stimulate competition among clean, alternative fuels.

Leading economists at Iowa State University concluded in research released this summer that opening America’s ethanol market to competition would reduce fuel prices – but for nearly 30 years, Americans have been unable to enjoy those benefits because Congress levies a 54-cent per gallon tariff on imported ethanol.

The tariff is set to expire on December 31st, and here at Sweeter Alternative – we’re ready to make a down payment and help you get a head start on potential fuel savings now. Today I’m announcing a month-long giveaway of fuel gift cards. Here’s how it works:

Daily Giveaway:

Every weekday during the month of November, we’ll randomly select four followers on both Facebook and Twitter to receive a free gas card. Cards will be a mix of $5 and $10.

Connect with Sweeter Alternative on Facebook. Follow Sweeter Alternative on Twitter.

Giving to Those in Need:

We’ve also set aside over $1,000 in cards to donate to charities for which gas is a mission-critical expense. You can vote right now to decide which two receive the Grand Prize of $540 in free gas. The remaining organizations will still receive $54 - so everybody wins!

Vote Now for Your Charity Selection

Recipient Profiles

Purple Heart Car Donation Program Logo

Purple Heart Car Donation – donates vehicles to veterans in need of transportation. Gas cards would be given to these veterans and their spouses.
So Others May Eat Logo So Others Might Eat – a community-based organization whose Caregivers program delivers food to homebound, low-income senior citizens in the nation’s capital. Gas cards would be given to the program's driving volunteers, many of which are also low-income.

USO Metro Washington DC logo

USO-Metro – the USO of Metropolitan Washington offers emergency food assistance to service members and their families who are in extreme financial hardship. The gas cards would be distributed along with grocery store gift cards and food pantry items.

George Washington University Hospital logo

George Washington Hospital Mobile Mammography Program – this self-contained mobile unit offers one-stop breast cancer screening for all woman throughout metropolitan Washington, regardless of their ability to pay. Gas cards would go to fuel the “Mammovan.”

Why Gas Cards?

Great question! Many of you will remember our attempted 54-cent-per-gallon gas discount last Memorial Day. As reported by The Huffington Post, the event was canceled at the last minute due to an unspecified “political” influence, despite being previously approved.

Luckily we were still able to honor our commitment to lower gas prices by offering a gas card giveaway to DC drivers. We ended up with some leftovers, and decided there’s no better time to share them with our supporters and those truly in need.

The giveaway is also a symbolic gesture demonstrating how Americans across the country will save money at the pump if Congress ends the unfair tax on imported ethanol.  So follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, vote for your favorite charity, tell your friends and help us raise a little cane!

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