As the Memorial Day weekend starts off the summer boating season, BoatUS and the National Marine Manufacturers Association are urging boaters to be mindful when they select fuel for their boats.
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.
The Environmental Protection Agency again has proposed increasing the amount of biofuels to be mixed into the gasoline supply, but at levels set below the Renewable Fuel Standard, the law that mandates the increases.
A bill that would allow marinas in New York to sell E0 gasoline, or fuel with no ethanol blended in, was heard this week by the Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee.
BoatUS is urging boaters and marine industry advocates to vote for politicians who will correct the law that mandates ethanol in gasoline before it wipes out the availability of E0, or gasoline with no ethanol blended in.
Marine industry players, regardless of their geographic location, have reason to keep an eye on the results of today’s Iowa caucus.
The Environmental Protection Agency finalized renewable fuel standards through 2016, angering the ethanol industry but still increasing ethanol requirements and effectively breaking the so-called blend wall.
The U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter signed by 184 bipartisan members to the Environmental Protection Agency calling for revisions to ethanol mandates.
The Smarter Fuel Future coalition is opening an eight-week campaign today to combat the Renewable Fuel Standard.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is spending $100 million to add 5,000 blender pumps in 21 states in an effort to handle E15, or gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol.
As boaters head into the Labor Day weekend and fill their boat’s gas tank before wrapping up the season, a majority say they want ethanol-free gas, but only about half of those in a BoatUS survey say it is available at marinas and gas stations they visit.