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.

Senate votes to end ethanol subsidies

The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to eliminate a tax credit and a tariff for ethanol production, providing the strongest signal yet that Congress will curtail subsidies for corn-based biofuel. The 73-27 vote exceeded the 60-vote threshold needed to advance the measure as part of an economic development bill. Still, the legislation is not likely to…more

Pump warning label approved for E15

The White House signed off on a new gasoline pump label that would warn consumers when they are about to fill their vehicles with a fuel blended with a higher rate of ethanol. The new label means that so-called E15 gas could be available nationwide by the end of September, Reuters reported. The EPA still…more

Vermont congressman wants end to ethanol subsidies

Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., joined Vermont sportsmen and small-business owners at a Lake Bomoseen press conference Thursday in calling for an end to ethanol subsidies. “It simply doesn’t make sense for taxpayers to continue subsidizing a mature and profitable industry, especially at a time when congressional leaders are proposing drastic cuts in fuel assistance, student…more

Skipper Bud’s marinas offer ValvTect fuel

ValvTect Petroleum certified five SkipperBud’s marinas in Illinois, Wisconsin and Arizona as certified ValvTect marinas, the company announced. “We are pleased to provide ValvTect marine gasoline and ValvTect marine diesel that are specially formulated for our customers’ marine engines instead of automotive grade of fuels,” SkipperBud’s marina operations manager Todd Suchomel said in a statement.…more

Racing series says ethanol is safe for marine engines

The Renewable Fuels Association and the National Boat Racing Association announced that hydroplane and runabout racing boats will compete in 2011 NBRA series event races with E10 fuel, which contains 10 percent ethanol. “We are thrilled to partner with NBRA to dispel any notion that ethanol is an unfit fuel for marine engines,” said Robert…more

North Carolina proposes ethanol labels

Three North Carolina lawmakers introduced a bill in the General Assembly that requires the Gasoline and Oil Inspection Board to adopt rules to require labels for all dispensing pumps and other dispensing devices that offer ethanol-blended gasoline for retail sale in the state, the National Marine Manufacturers Association reported. Although pump labeling is one step…more

Groups ask EPA to ensure E10 will be available

Auto, marine, motorcycle, outdoor power equipment, personal watercraft and snowmobile groups filed a petition today asking the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure the continued sale and availability of gasoline blends that are no more than 10 percent ethanol. The National Marine Manufacturers Association, the Association of Marina Industries, BoatU.S., the National Boating Federation and the…more

States move to implement E15

Efforts to clear the way for the eventual sale of gasoline that contains 15 percent ethanol are under way in Nebraska and Illinois, the National Marine Manufacturers Association reported. The Illinois bill would authorize the state to encourage service stations to offer E15 and provide information about any financial incentives that might be developed for…more

Maine bill exempts commercial boats from fuel tax

A proposal in Maine to exempt commercial fishing boats from a 5 percent state fuel tax sailed through the legislature’s taxation committee in mid-February. The measure, known as LD 185, “An Act to Refund the Sales Tax Paid on Fuel Used in Commercial Fishing Vessels,” would restore a benefit fishermen previously obtained through a now-defunct…more

Survey: Consumers spend less as gas prices jump

About one in three U.S. consumers (32 percent) have already significantly reduced discretionary spending because of the rise in gasoline prices, according to the monthly RBC Consumer Outlook Index. With the national average price about $3.20 gallon at the time the survey was conducted (Feb. 25-28), another one in five (18 percent) say they will…more

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