A U.S. Senate hearing was held this week on a bill that would expand the sale of fuel blends with 15 percent ethanol through the summer months, making them available year-round.
Fuel Issues and Ethanol
The gasoline additive ethanol is known to cause problems in marine engines. Trade Only follows developments on this issue and others related to fueling recreational boats.
WASHINGTON — The law that requires a rising level of ethanol to be blended into the fuel supply won’t get repealed, but the timing could be right for it to be amended.
A coalition of recreational boating and sportfishing advocates urged the Trump administration and Congress to amend the ethanol laws.
A bipartisan bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to reform the law that dictates the amount of ethanol that gets blended into the overall fuel supply.
It might surprise ethanol lobbyists that David Kennedy, the government affairs senior program manager for BoatUS, drives a Prius.
The boating industry is stepping up its pressure on the incoming Trump administration and the new Congress to stave off drastic ethanol increases in the fuel supply scheduled this year.
Since it launched late last year, Boating United has received nearly 2,000 signatures on a petition in response to the record-high ethanol mandate the EPA set in November.
For the first time in history, oil interests and biofuel interests are aligning in a singular effort regarding the law that mandates biofuels in the fuel supply.
The Environmental Protection Agency reversed course from its initial proposal regarding mandated ethanol volumes for 2017, acting to increase the volumes more than initially proposed.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association is “eagerly awaiting” Donald Trump’s appointments to head the Environmental Protection Agency and the federal Department of Agriculture to clarify the president-elect’s position on ethanol, which to date has largely supported ethanol increases in the fuel supply.