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Update on Ethanol

Wednesday, February 12, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Larry Innis
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The anti-ethanol DC coalition, Smarter Fuel Future, which MRAA is a member, generated over 10,000 comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in support of its recent proposal to maintain 2013 blend volumes for corn-based ethanol. The marine industry contributed over 1,800 of those comments. During January, the coalition led a campaign that was strongly supported by MRAA, to support the EPA’s effort to cap the 2014 renewable fuel standard at 2013 levels. MRAA thanks the mass support marine retailers have given to this issue.

The campaign also generated many media hits with interest in building inform with the public about the harmful effects of corn-based ethanol on small engines used in boats, off-road vehicles, snow blowers, lawn mowers, and gasoline powered tools. FOX Business News reported the AAA has issued a warning to Americans that the efforts of the ethanol industry and the EPA to increase the blend level to E15 in cars can damage engines. Ten auto manufacturers have announced warranties would be voided if E15 is used in newer cars. To see the FOX news story click here.

MRAA continues to actively oppose corn-based ethanol in Congress. MRAA has supported several letters written by Congress to the EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and the President explaining the adverse effects corn-based ethanol has on marine engines and outboard motors.