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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