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Saybrook on Long Island Sound puts it,
“Of the towing calls we get during the
season that can be traced to ethanol problems, about 25 percent are urgent because
the vessel is drifting out to sea or in peril
REFORM THE RENEWABLE FUEL STANDARD NOW!
The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is the regulatory tool that mandates spe- cific amounts of “renewable fuel” or “biofuels” that must be blended into the domestic gasoline supply each year. The economics of fuel production made
corn ethanol the cheapest renewable fuel, but it was to be an interim source until new
feedstocks such as switch-grass could be developed. In reality, that hasn’t happened,
and boaters have had to deal with the consequences.
Since ethanol problems began to surface years ago in the form of eroded fiberglass
gas tanks, cracking fuel lines, and dissolving seals, BoatU.S. has battled in Washington
to ensure that boaters can buy gasoline that works in their engines. Now, at last,
there’s hope for the future. At least three bills are moving in Congress to fix the RFS:
■ The Corn Ethanol Elimination Act (S. 577). Sponsored by Senators Diane Feinstein
(D-CA) and Pat Toomey (R-PA). Amends the federal Clean Air Act by eliminating its
corn ethanol mandate, and calls for removing the corn ethanol mandate from the RFS.
■ The Renewable Fuel Standard Reform Act (H.R. 704). Introduced by Rep. Bob
Goodlatte (R-VA) and co-sponsored by 56 bipartisan members of the House, it would
eliminate the corn-based ethanol requirements and cap gasoline’s ethanol content at
10-percent. It also requires EPA to set biofuel mandates that match actual demand.
■ The Renewable Fuel Standard Elimination Act (H.R. 703). Also sponsored by Rep.
Goodlatte, it would eliminate the standard and end all fuel-blending requirements.
“Renewable fuels are an important component of our nation’s energy future,” says
BoatU.S. President Margaret Podlich. “But boaters should have the choice to buy gaso-
line, with or without ethanol, that won’t damage their engines and put their families at
risk with a breakdown at sea. It’s up to Congress to give us that choice, and now boat-
ers need to help BoatU.S. deliver that message to Capitol Hill.”
Go to www.BoatUS.com/Gov to ask your members of Congress to support any or
all of these measures.
of going hard aground.”
That sobering report should
get the attention of boaters everywhere, and unless Congress acts
soon to change the RFS, gasoline
blended with ethanol may be the only
choice boaters will have at the fuel pump.
And the gas coming out of the hose
could even have more ethanol in it than
your engine can stand.
Far left, a gas station in
Washington advertises non-ethanol fuel to its fishing
clientele. Though many boaters are willing to pay extra
for gas without ethanol in
it, the supply may dry up if
Congress fails to act.
Left, American Boat &
Yacht Council president
John Adey tests an Angler
center-console powered by a
four-stroke Yamaha 90 running biobutanol, a marine-engine friendly alternative to