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Old 04-20-2012, 10:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Support Scientific Analysis on the Effects of 15 Percent Ethanol

Support bill to require U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to seek independent scientific analysis on the effects of 15 percent ethanol

Contact U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and your representative today!

On April 19, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) sent a letter to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner urging the House to consider H.R. 3199 that would require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to seek independent scientific analysis on the effects of E15 gasoline as soon as possible. This bill needs the support of the House so the American people will know exactly how the use of 15 percent ethanol blend (E15) gasoline will affect the operation of their vehicles.

The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology reported H.R. 3199 favorably, as amended, with a vote of 19-7 on Feb. 7. The bill was introduced by U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.).

"The EPA's decision to allow E15 into the marketplace will impact every American who owns a car, lawnmower or boat," Sensenbrenner said. “Automakers insist that using E15 will void warranties, lower fuel efficiency and cause premature engine failure. In off-road engines, the effects can even be dangerous for users.

"There are serious concerns that the EPA used only one Department of Energy test and rushed E15s introduction into the marketplace," Sensenbrenner said. "This test was limited in scope and ignored a plethora of evidence -- albeit inconvenient evidence for the EPA -- that shows E15 gasoline has a negative effect on engines."

The new E15 gasoline formulation may soon appear at a fueling station near you, and you need to be careful how you use this new fuel blend. That is because the EPA, in October 2010, approved E15 for use in model year 2007 and newer light duty vehicles (cars, light-duty trucks, and medium-duty passenger vehicles). In January 2011, it added model year 2001-2006 light duty vehicles to the approved list.

Riders should pay attention to this list because no motorcycles or ATVs are currently listed.

The AMA is concerned about E15 because it burns hotter than gasoline that contains a lesser amount of ethanol. In engines not designed to dissipate that extra heat, damage in the form of premature wear can result. Although this is a concern in all motorcycles, it's particularly problematic for air-cooled engines found in many bikes. Moreover, use of E15 may even void the manufacturer warranty.

Since the approved list includes many light-duty vehicles in use today, refineries, distributors, and fueling stations may choose to offer primarily E15 gasoline because of this action by the EPA. This should concern all motorcyclists and off-highway enthusiasts since this may affect the availability of gasoline with less or no ethanol (E10 or E0).

The AMA supports H.R. 3199 and urges its members and, all motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle riders, to contact Boehner and their representatives to voice their support for this bill.

A prewritten email is available for you to send Boehner by clicking here.

You can send a prewritten email to your representative immediately by following the "Take Action" option and entering your information. The AMA encourages riders to personalize their message by drawing on their own personal riding experiences.

Please write Boehner and your representative today and urge them to support H.R. 3199.

Please join the AMA to help us fight these efforts by the EPA. More members means more clout against our opponents, and your support will help the AMA fight for your rights – on the road, trail, racetrack, and in the halls of government.

To join, go to AmericanMotorcyclist.com/membership/join.

Source: http://capwiz.com/amacycle/issues/al...221996&queueid
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Old 06-02-2012, 09:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Ethanol Update

SAN Opposes EPA Action to Allow E15 Despite Continuing Threat of Automobile Damage

The SEMA Action Network (SAN) continues to oppose decisions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to permit the sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol (E15). The EPA has previously granted waivers to market the fuel for model year 2001 and newer vehicles, despite industry concern that it poses a risk to older vehicles and certain high performance specialty equipment of any age. The EPA has now begun approving E15 registration applications, the next step to permitting the fuel to be sold commercially.

The SAN opposes the sale of E15 based on scientific evidence that it causes corrosion with incompatible parts. Ethanol increases water formation which can then create formic acid and corrode metals, plastics and rubber. Ethanol also burns hotter (at gasoline Air/Fuel Ratios) and can cause some engines to stall, misfire and overheat

The EPA’s decision to permit the sale of E15 for newer vehicles was based on limited scientific research. The SAN supports federal legislation (HR 3199) that would direct the National Academies to conduct a comprehensive assessment of E15 and E20 gasoline. Under the bill, the research would include an evaluation of the safety, durability, and performance effects on engines and related equipment for motor vehicles and boats.

The EPA agrees with the SAN that E15 poses a risk to an estimated 74 million pre-2001 vehicles in the marketplace, including many collector cars. The SAN opposes the EPA’s solution, which is simply to require a gas pump warning label and make it “illegal” for the consumer to fuel older vehicles with ethanol-blended gasoline. The agency makes it the vehicle owner’s responsibility to understand the potential threat posed by E15 and does not provide immunity to gas stations, automakers or others in the market from lawsuits if a consumer alleges equipment failure from E15.

The SAN will continue to oppose E15 until there are conclusive scientific findings that demonstrate that it will not harm automobiles of any age as a result of corrosion or other chemical incompatibilities.
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Court’s Ethanol Decision Jeopardizes Historic Vehicles, Specialty Parts

Court’s Ethanol Decision Jeopardizes Historic Vehicles, Specialty Parts

SAN Urges Congress to Ban E15

The U.S. Court of Appeals dismissed a lawsuit which challenged the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to permit 15% ethanol (E15) content in gasoline for 2001 and newer model year cars and light trucks. Over a year ago, the EPA raised the amount of ethanol permitted in gasoline from 10% (E10) to 15% (E15). The agency has approved applications to sell the fuel and it may soon appear at a gas station near you. The SEMA Action Network (SAN) opposes E15 based on scientific evidence that it causes corrosion with incompatible parts. In light of the court’s decision, the SAN is now seeking passage of congressional legislation (H.R. 3199) that would prevent the EPA from permitting E15 sales until the National Academies has conducted a study on how E15 may impact gas-powered vehicles. The bill has been approved by the U.S. House Science Committee and is pending on the House floor. With little time to address the bill before the fall elections, it is important that lawmakers hear from you on this important issue.


We Urge You to Contact Your Members of Congress to Request Their Support for H.R. 3199


• The EPA permits ethanol in gasoline to be increased from 10 percent (E10) to 15 percent (E15). Ethanol increases water formation that can then create formic acid and corrode metals, plastics and rubber. Older cars and certain high performance specialty parts are not constructed with corrosion-resistant materials or able to tolerate the higher temperatures at which E15 may burn.

• The EPA has acknowledged the dangers and made it “illegal” to put E15 in pre-2001 vehicles. However, the EPA is willing to risk destruction of the vehicle/parts by relying solely on a gas pump label cautioning motorists not to misfuel their older vehicles. The EPA estimates that there are 74 million such vehicles in harm’s way, along with millions more boats, lawnmowers and other gas-powered engine products.

• Many auto enthusiasts have complained for years about damage caused by E10, which is now in over 90% of gas sold in the U.S. For example, corrosion has time to damage the engine, fuel line, fuel tank and exhaust systems when classic cars are infrequently driven. E15 increases the risk of corrosion by 50 percent.

• The EPA permitted the sale of E15 before there was conclusive information with respect to materials compatibility, tailpipe emissions and fuel efficiency.

• H.R. 3199 would stop the sale of E15 until the National Academies has conducted a study on how gasoline blended with 15 to 20% ethanol may impact gas-powered vehicles.


DON’T DELAY! Contact your members of Congress immediately by phone or e-mail to request their support of HR 3199.


To identify your federal Representative and Senators in the U.S. Congress, click here: http://semasan.com/lookup.asp?g=semaga

Please e-mail a copy of your e-mail to Stuart Gosswein at stuartg@sema.org.

Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow car enthusiasts. Urge them to join the SAN and help defend the hobby!

Thank you for your assistance.
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