Ethanol Worse for Environment Than Gasoline, Study Says
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Posted by: Michael Geatz
A new University of Nebraska
study released April 20 in a publication called Nature Climate Change says eliminating ethanol as a biofuel can actually
decrease soil organic carbon. The
study claims cellulosic biofuels like ethanol actually generate more greenhouse gases than gasoline.
As expected, the biofuel industry
is speaking out against the Nebraska study, calling it deeply flawed and out of
step with science.
"MRAA has long supported repeal
of the ethanol mandate,” says MRAA president Matt Gruhn. "Not only do boaters
have to pay more for ethanol enriched gasoline, but of much more significant
concern is the damage ethanol causes to older marine engines and fuel systems.
We’ve been telling Congress for years that ethanol creates a bad situation for
boaters and the industry, and hopefully a bill will pass this year to stop this
public policy that’s gone horribly wrong.”
Now’s the time to reach out to Congress
and express your concerns about ethanol, even if you didn’t attend last week’s
American Boating Congress in Washington, D.C. Join your industry colleagues by
contacting your local representatives and telling them that it’s time to end
the current ethanol mandate.
Contacting your Congressional
leader(s) is easier than you might think. Simply visit the MRAA website, MRAA.com, find your Congressman/woman and
e-mail a short message. Here’s a great example: "Stop the corn ethanol mandate. Support the pair of bills being sponsored
by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA): H.R. 1462, which suspends the current EPA waiver
that permits the sale of E-15 and requires a comprehensive assessment by the National
Academy of Sciences regarding the effects of mid-level ethanol on marine
engines; and H.R. 1461, which would repeal the renewable fuel standard.”
Ethanol levels of 10 percent
already cause major problems for boaters, and an increase to 15 percent (E-15)
or greater will pose serious mechanical and safety concerns. Ninety-five
percent of boats are trailered to the water; fuel pumps containing E-15 will for
sure lead to misfueling of boats and damaged engines this spring and summer.