NMMA makes case to Congress on fuel standard

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The National Marine Manufacturers Association made its case with several other groups Tuesday to federal lawmakers on the negative impact of the Renewable Fuel Standard.

The briefing brought together more than 70 House members or staff members and more than 50 members of the Senate and their staff as the NMMA highlighted concerns about the introduction of E15 into the marketplace, according to the NMMA’s Washington Wave.

The NMMA was joined by ActionAid, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, the American Frozen Food Institute, the Environmental Working Group, FarmEcon LLC and Taxpayers for Common Sense — the groups that participated in a conference call on Monday to discuss the biofuel-blending mandates.

Members of Congress listened as the NMMA shared the results of research that shows the devastating effects that E15 can have on marine engines, including photos of destroyed engines that were damaged by E15 during testing. In addition to the NMMA’s concerns about marine engines, testimony from the overall group touched on a variety of important issues affected by the RFS, such as food prices, conservation, emissions and budget implications.

The Senate Energy Committee’s top Republican says she’s “in good company” with congressional calls to re-evaluate a biofuel-blending mandate.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), the ranking member on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, joined a growing group of lawmakers Monday in saying Congress should change the Renewable Fuel Standard, the D.C. publication The Hill reported.

“Let’s have the ability to pull back and say, ‘Maybe this one just didn’t work the way that we had hoped it would,’ ” Murkowski said during a Capitol Hill press conference detailing an energy road map she released Monday, the Hill reported. “Let’s not be afraid to admit that we might need to reform it.”

Much of the congressional conversation has occurred in the House, with the Energy and Commerce committee pledging to hold hearings on the fuel rule.

Murkowski’s comments on Monday underscored the attention the rule is now receiving in the upper chamber.

“I think I’m in good company in asking for that critical review,” she said.

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3 comments on “NMMA makes case to Congress on fuel standard

  1. Marilyn DeMartini

    Congratulations to the NMMA for standing firm and not giving up on this. The EPA must be stopped from making unreasonable regulations based on lobbies by the sugar cane and corn farmers instead of based on reason, tests and proof that this program does not work and is destructive to the taxpayers who fund the EPA! Now let’s hope Congress does what it was elected to do–represent the voters!

  2. Wally Zebra

    Hopefully mention is made of the significant reduction of BTU output per pound of Ethanol and the consequential reduction in cruise range,thereby adding larger capacity tanks,more weight and less useable storage to maintain the same range.
    I find it ironic the EPA auto fuel economy tests use no Ethanol to establish the public fuel consumption estimates.

  3. jeff sleight

    my sister receives a check from kia each quarter due to their vehicle not meeting the mileage as stated on the sticker when purchased. i bet that these vehicles were mileage tested in their country of manufacture with pure gasoline and therefore got the mileage and had the power as originally stated. i fell badly for these automakers that have tested this way. when they arrive in this country and get the piss poor fuel we are dealt its lucky a new car can perform at all.

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