NO VOTE ON BILL THAT PROMOTES WIDER AVAILABILITY OF UNSAFE E15 FUEL – THANK YOU!
You’ve made a difference! Because of your help, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works announced July 21 that there will be no vote on the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act (S. 517).
The bill, introduced by U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), would amend the federal Clean Air Act’s ethanol waiver for limitations on Reid Vapor Pressure (a measure of gasoline’s propensity to evaporate).
If passed and signed into law, the legislation would allow the sale of E15 fuel – which can damage motorcycle and ATV fuel systems and engines — during the summer riding and driving season, June 1 through Sept. 15. Under current EPA regulations, E15 cannot be sold during these popular travel months.
The American Motorcyclist Association opposes E15 fuel because using E15 in motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles is illegal and may cause engine and fuel system damage and void the manufacturer’s warranty.
None of the estimated 22 million motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles in use in the United States is approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to use E15 or higher ethanol blends.
The rush by the ethanol industry to force more E15 fuel into the marketplace greatly increases the chance of inadvertent misfueling by motorcyclists and ATV owners — as well as owners of boats, small engines and other machines that are not certified for E15 use. Blender pumps, confusing pump labeling and the lack of any significant consumer education by the ethanol industry or the federal government all contribute to the potential for misfueling.
Now more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends become members of the AMA to help protect our riding freedoms. More members mean more clout against the opponents of motorcycling. That support will help fight for your rights – on the road, trail and racetrack and in the halls of government. If you are a motorcycle rider, join the AMA at americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join.
Source: Join the AMA