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Federal agency seeks comments on ethanol-blended fuel
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Take Action by Aug. 31

The Renewable Fuel Standard proposal announced July 5 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency shows a slight reduction from the 2017 obligations but does not reflect the agency's promise to listen to motorcyclists, who have registered a low demand for higher ethanol blends.

The EPA should lower the 2018 volumes even further than proposed when the final rule is issued this year. The current proposed volumes, even though they are 1 percent lower than the 2017 volumes, would still greatly increase the risk of inadvertent misfueling for motorcyclists and all-terrain vehicle owners by continuing the increased availability of higher-ethanol fuel blends that are unsafe for these vehicles, such as E15 (15 percent ethanol by volume).

Act now by submitting comments to voice your concern. The deadline is Aug. 31.

The EPA's proposed Renewable Volume Obligations call for 19.24 billion gallons of biofuel for 2018, down from 19.28 billion gallons this year.

Of the 19.24 billion gallons of biofuels proposed for 2018, 15 billion gallons would be conventional renewables, primarily corn ethanol, with lesser amounts of conventional biodiesel and renewable diesel.

What is jeopardized by the proposed rule is consumer choice at the fuel pump. Pressure from the ethanol industry to distribute more high-ethanol fuels, like E15, endangers the ready availability of E10 and threatens to eliminate E0 altogether, the only fuel recommended for older and vintage motorcycles.

Per the proposed rule, "When estimating per gallon costs, we consider the costs of ethanol on an energy equivalent basis to gasoline (i.e., per energy equivalent gallon), since more ethanol gallons must be consumed to go the same distance as gasoline due to the ethanol's lower energy content."

Many consumers want E0 for their motorcycles, ATVs, boats, lawn mowers and other equipment, because it does not pose the risk of alcohol-related engine and fuel system damage. The proposed rule does not mention these types of vehicles or small engines whatsoever. It mentions only marine recreationists as users of E0. Yet, the renewable fuels requirements have marginalized E0 in favor of E10 or higher blends.

Moreover, the EPA acknowledges the amount of E0 sales originally was estimated to be about 200 million gallons. The revised numbers place the figure at about 500 million gallons.

Also important, the proposed rule mentions the likelihood of misfueling with higher ethanol blends only once. In the 2017 rule, it was never mentioned. This is the same misfueling mitigation plan that initially mandated an ill-conceived four-gallon minimum fuel purchase to address the concerns raised by the AMA. It is still easily misunderstood, misapplied or ignored by state governments and retail operators.

Fuels with higher ethanol content must adhere to federal labeling rules. Pump labeling is confusing at best, yet extremely important to protect against inadvertent misfueling. Some retailers conflate the EPA-approved E15 label with the Federal Trade Commission-approved label. (There is only one approved label for E15.) One unapproved label being used incorrectly refers to E15 as a "Flex Fuel." This label circumvents the Reid Vapor Pressure restrictions that prohibit the sale of E15 fuel in certain parts of the country during the summer months.

The draft proposal fails to mention the Misfueling Mitigation Plan or problems with blender pump labeling.

The EPA opened a comment period to allow the public to voice its opinion on the proposed rule. And the AMA has the tools to make it easy for you to submit comments.

There is nothing more powerful than tens of thousands of riders joining together to express their concern with unsafe fuel for their machines.

Now more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends become members of the AMA to help protect our riding freedoms. More members mean more clout against the opponents of motorcycling. That support will help fight for your rights - on the road, trail, racetrack, and in the halls of government. If you are a motorcycle rider, join the AMA at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join.

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Senate panel to vote on bill that promotes wider availability of unsafe E15 fuel
Vote will be on July 26!
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The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works announced a July 26 vote on the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act (S. 517). The bill, introduced by U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), would amend the federal Clean Air Act's ethanol waiver for limitations on Reid Vapor Pressure (a measure of gasoline's propensity to evaporate).

If passed and signed into law, the legislation would allow the sale of E15 fuel - which can damage motorcycle and ATV fuel systems and engines -- during the summer riding and driving season, June 1 - Sept. 15. Under current EPA regulations, E15 cannot be sold during these popular travel months.

Tell your federal lawmakers to oppose this bill that would expand the availability of unsafe E15 fuel! Send a prewritten message by clicking the "Take Action" link. Share with your friends on Facebook.

The American Motorcyclist Association opposes E15 fuel because using E15 in motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles is illegal and may cause engine and fuel system damage and void the manufacturer's warranty.

None of the estimated 22 million motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles in use in the United States is approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to use E15 or higher ethanol blends.

The rush by the ethanol industry to force more E15 fuel into the marketplace greatly increases the chance of inadvertent misfueling by motorcyclists and ATV owners -- as well as owners of boats, small engines and other machines that are not certified for E15 use. Blender pumps, confusing pump labeling and the lack of any significant consumer education by the ethanol industry or the federal government all contribute to the potential for misfueling.

Now more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends become members of the AMA to help protect our riding freedoms. More members mean more clout against the opponents of motorcycling. That support will help fight for your rights - on the road, trail and racetrack and in the halls of government. If you are a motorcycle rider, join the AMA at americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join.

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U.S. Trade Representative is 'sympathetic' on Bikes for Beef tariff issue, but won't take action
Tell USTR and Congress you want action, not sympathy!

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U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told a congressional committee that he is "sympathetic" to American motorcyclists, dealerships and others, but he cannot remove small-displacement European motorcycles from a proposed import tariff while negotiations continue in a dispute with the European Union over U.S. beef imports.

Lighthizer addressed the issue before the House Ways and Means Committee in response to a question from U. S. Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio). He said that he had heard from motorcyclists and from the motorcycle industry. The exchange between Renacci and Lighthizer starts at 2:01:00 of this video.

Tell Lighthizer we need action, not sympathy!

Use the American Motorcyclist Association's convenient tools to urge the U.S. Trade Representative to withdraw this ill-conceived proposal to enact a 100 percent tariff on 51cc to 500cc motorcycles from the European Union. Motorcyclists should not be penalized with exorbitant tariffs because of a dispute over beef.

If enacted, this tariff will cause serious and irreversible harm to American small- and medium-sized business owners who sell the vehicles. Additionally, consumers will be denied access to certain models of competition and recreational motorcycles that contribute to the lifestyle and wellbeing of millions of American families.

The time is now to voice our continued, strong opposition to the proposal. America's motorcyclists aren't pawns in a game of international chess. Take action now to protect against significant hardships this tariff will cause to hardworking, everyday tax-paying Americans.

Tell Ambassador Lighthizer and Congress to remove motorcycles from the proposed tariff. Make our voice stronger by sharing the AMA Action Alert. Share with your friends on Facebook.

Now more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends become members of the AMA to help protect our riding freedoms. More members mean more clout against the opponents of motorcycling. That support will help fight for your rights - on the road, trail and racetrack and in the halls of government. If you are a motorcycle rider, join the AMA at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join.

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Senate panel to question trade agency representative
Contact your senators on Bikes for Beef issue!

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In less than a week, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee will be questioning U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer about his agency's budget and the administration's trade policy priorities.

This is your chance to have an impact. Urge your senator to ask Lighthizer whether he supports or opposes the USTR's ill-conceived proposal to enact 100 percent tariffs on motorcycles 51cc to 500 cc motorcycles imported from the European Union in the E.U.-U.S. beef hormone trade dispute.

Motorcyclists should not be penalized with exorbitant tariffs because of a dispute over beef. Act now and use the American Motorcyclist Association's convenient tools to send a prewritten message.

The AMA opposes the proposed tariff, because it will cause serious and irreversible harm to American small- and medium-sized business owners who sell the vehicles. Additionally, consumers will be denied access to certain models of competition and recreational motorcycles that contribute to the lifestyle and wellbeing of millions of American families.

Trade disputes residing within the boundaries of the agricultural industry should not be solved with trade sanctions levied against non-agricultural products.

In February, a USTR official admitted that motorcycles were included in the proposal as leverage to achieve relief for the beef industry. The AMA finds this approach to trade policy to be cynical, at best.

This agency is playing with peoples' lives and livelihoods. The proposed trade sanctions, if implemented, will cause dramatic and irreparable harm to the motorcycle industry and the people who work in it.

Now is the time to voice strong opposition to the proposal. Motorcyclists should not be pawns in a game of international chess. Take action now to protect against significant hardships this tariff will cause to hardworking, everyday tax-paying Americans.

Now more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends become members of the AMA to help protect our riding freedoms. More members mean more clout against the opponents of motorcycling. That support will help fight for your rights - on the road, trail and racetrack and in the halls of government. If you are a motorcycle rider, join the AMA at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join.

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AMA clears blender pump confusion
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With the summer riding season in full-swing, the American Motorcyclist Association wants you to be informed when it comes to selecting safe fuel for your motorcycle.

E15 - which is 15 percent ethanol by volume and is not safe for motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle engines -- and fuels with higher ethanol content must adhere to federal labeling rules. Pump labeling is important, because it is illegal to operate motorcycles and ATVs on fuel containing more than 10 percent ethanol by volume (E10). Using higher ethanol blends in motorcycles or ATVs may cause fuel system or engine damage and could void the manufacturer's warranty.

The rules governing fuel labels are:

E10:  No federal label is required.

E15:  Blender pumps must use the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved label for fuel containing more than 10 percent and up to15 percent ethanol by volume.

E16-E50: Fuel containing between 16 percent and 50 percent ethanol by volume fall under one of two options from the Federal Trade Commission: 1) Retailers may label dispensers indicating the exact percentage of ethanol contained in the blend, or; 2) The percentage indicated on the label may be rounded to the nearest multiple of 10.

 

E51-E83 (Ethanol Flex Fuels): For fuel blends containing 51 percent to 83 percent ethanol by volume, the FTC offers three options: 1) Dispenser labels must disclose exact ethanol content; 2) The ethanol content may be rounded to the nearest multiple of 10; or 3) the ethanol content must be expressed as a range of 51 percent to 83 percent.
   

Here are photos of improper labeling or no labeling.

From a fuel retailer in Minnesota:

In this example, the retailer conflates the EPA-approved E15 label with the FTC-approved label. There is only one approved label for E15. This label incorrectly refers to E15 as a "Flex Fuel." This label circumvents the Reid Vapor Pressure restrictions that prohibit the sale of E15 fuel in certain parts of the country during the summer months.

This blender pump in Ohio has none of the required labeling. It should have the EPA-approved E15 label and the FTC-approved label for the flex fuel. In fact, the retailer renames E15 as "Unleaded15" and uses a blue color.

The AMA wants to thank our members for sending these photos! If you see anything other than the federally-approved labels for ethanol-blended fuels, please take a photo and note the address of the retailer. Then forward the photo and information to the AMA at grassroots@ama-cycle.org.

Now more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends become members of the AMA to help protect our riding freedoms. More members mean more clout against the opponents of motorcycling. That support will help fight for your rights - on the road, trail and racetrack and in the halls of government. If you are a motorcycle rider, join the AMA at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join.


Congressional bills promote wider availability of unsafe E15 fuel

Tell your senators and representative to oppose!
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U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and U.S. Rep. Adrian Smith (R-Neb.) have introduced legislation, the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act (S. 517 & H.R. 1311) that would amend the Clean Air Act with respect to the ethanol waiver for Reid Vapor Pressure (a measure of gasoline's propensity to evaporate) limitations.

If passed and signed into law, the legislation would allow the sale of E15 during the summer months (June 1 - Sept. 15).

Tell your federal lawmakers to oppose these bills to expand the availability of unsafe E15 fuel! Send a prewritten message by clicking the "Take Action" link. Share with your friends on Facebook.

The American Motorcyclist Association opposes E15 fuel because using E15 in motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles may cause engine and fuel system damage and void the manufacturer's warranty.

None of the estimated 22 million motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles in use in the United States is approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to use E15 or higher ethanol blends. Using E15 in motorcycles and ATVs violates federal law.

Yet the rush to force more E15 fuel into the marketplace by the ethanol industry greatly increases the chances of inadvertent misfueling by motorcyclists and ATV owners -- as well as owners of boats, small engines and other machines that are not warrantied for E15 use -- due to blender pumps, confusing pump labeling and the lack of any significant consumer education by the ethanol industry or the federal government.

Now more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends become members of the AMA to help protect our riding freedoms. More members mean more clout against the opponents of motorcycling. That support will help fight for your rights - on the road, trail and racetrack and in the halls of government. If you are a motorcycle rider, join the AMA at americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join.

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Blender pump confusion may lead to inadvertent misfueling with E15 fuel
Contact the AMA with information!

There is a serious push by pro-ethanol lobbyists to confuse consumers at fuel retail stations this summer in an effort to increase sales of E15 fuel.

What are they saying?

According to a recent news article, "federal regulators say E15 must be labeled as a 'Flex Fuel' in most areas of the country." And, "it's the same fuel that gas stations have called E15, and that regulators said was approved to use in any vehicle 2001 and newer."

The article also stated "the E15 label change is only for the summer and doesn't apply to some areas of the country."

What is the truth?

There is no federal regulation to mandate a new "Flex Fuel" label for the summer. Retailers are attempting to sell E15 fuel in the summer months (June 1 - Sept. 15) as a "Flex Fuel" to circumvent the Reid Vapor Pressure restrictions. RVP is a measure of gasoline's propensity to evaporate. As part of the 1990 Clean Air Act amendments, Congress enacted a provision allowing conventional gasoline to exceed the RVP limit by up to 1 psi provided it contained up to 10 percent ethanol. The 1 psi waiver is not available to ethanol blends greater than 10 percent (e.g., E15).  The ethanol industry has asked Congress to extend the 1 psi waiver from E10 to E15, contending that it is needed to allow E15 sales during the summer driving season.

Why does this matter to motorcyclists?

The American Motorcyclist Association opposes E15 fuel because using E15 in motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles may cause engine and fuel system damage and void the manufacturer's warranty.

None of the estimated 22 million motorcycles and ATVs in use in the United States is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency to use E15 or higher ethanol blends. Using E15 in motorcycles and ATVs violates federal law.

Yet the rush to force more E15 fuel into the marketplace by the ethanol industry greatly increases the chances of inadvertent misfueling by motorcyclists and ATV owners -- as well as owners of boats, small engines and other machines that aren't warrantied for E15 use -- due to blender pumps, confusing pump labeling and the lack of any significant consumer education by the ethanol industry or the federal government.

AMA's response

The AMA reached out to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding this new so-called "mandated label."

Their reply stated:

- There is no new rule effective this week.
- E15 is not a flex fuel. It is gasoline. Simply changing the label doesn't make it a legal flex fuel.
- The agency made this clear in a proposed rule issued last year, the Regulatory Enhancement Support Growth Rule (REGS Rule). This rule provides the details of what is and isn't legal.
- E15 is gasoline and as such needs to comply with all gasoline standards during all times of the year. This includes volatility standards in the summer.
- E15 also has specific labeling requirements that need to be met and maintained under the E15 misfueling and mitigation plans.

What you should do if you see an E15 "Flex Fuel" label on a blender pump?

Please take a photo and note the retailer and address. Send the photo and information to the AMA at grassroots@ama-cycle.org.

Now more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends become members of the AMA to help protect our riding freedoms. More members mean more clout against the opponents of motorcycling. That support will help fight for your rights - on the road, trail and racetrack and in the halls of government. If you are a motorcycle rider, join the AMA at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join.

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