Marine industry players, regardless of their geographic location, have reason to keep an eye on the results of today’s Iowa caucus.
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 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.
A five-year project that tested more than 15 marine engines of various technologies — in the lab and on the water — shows that biobutanol can be a viable alternative to ethanol-blended gasoline, the marine industry says.
Mercury Marine’s Tim Reid testified before Congress on Thursday about the dangers of ethanol in gasoline to the recreational boating industry.
Boating and fishing industry groups are encouraging stakeholders to weigh in on the Environmental Protection Agency’s most recent proposal to increase ethanol levels in the fuel supply.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s latest ethanol fuel proposal has angered both supporters and critics of biofuel blends and prompted a new marine industry call for Congress to take decisive action on Renewable Fuel Standard reform.