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Time to push back, hard!

Ethanol manufacturers (54 of them) have formed a lobbying organization called Growth Energy that has filed a petition with EPA to permit an increase in the ethanol content of gasoline from 10 percent to 15 percent (E10 to E15). It’s now time for the marine industry and all boat owners to push EPA to deny Growth Energy’s petition!

On April 9, I wrote here in Dealer Outlook about this blatantly self-serving move by the ethanol producers to get EPA to go along with increasing allowable ethanol to E15. No, it’s not for any justifiable reason whatsoever, but only because the market for ethanol has hit the skids and the producers that were raking in big dough a year ago are now losing it!

Unfortunately, as is required by law, EPA on April 21 had to publish a Notice for Comment in the Federal Register, thus beginning a 30-day public comment period that closes on May 21, 2009.  The fact is there’s enormous political pressure being brought by Growth Energy to allow the higher level. In fact, Growth Energy is expecting to generate some 20,000 emails and letters of support to pressure EPA into granting their E15 petition. We must push back, now.

Just as he did last year when we won the battle for the Clean Boating Act, NMMA’s legislative director Matthew Dunn has developed another excellent Take-Action website to make it easy for everyone in boating to urge EPA to deny the petition. You will find it at: http://capwiz.com/nmma/home/  Click on the “Take Action” button.

So, here’s my request to every manufacturer, distributor, dealer, service firm, marine trade association, boating organization and individual boat owner who reads this blog: PLEASE TAKE TIME to go to the website and use this grassroots advocacy toolkit to weigh in and ask EPA to deny the E15 petition.
In addition, for more impact, please allow time for all your employees to use a computer to do the same. And, don’t forget to urge your family members and friends to do it, too. This is another battle we in the industry and our customers can’t afford to lose!

As we all know, marine engines are designed and certified to run on not more than E10, the current legal allowable blend limit. We must insist EPA follow a science-first approach and, to date, there has been no testing by any federal agency of the impacts of higher ethanol blends on marine products. Until independent, comprehensive scientific testing is completed on a full range of marine engines and similar products, EPA should deny the application for E15. Today, start the ball rolling at: http://capwiz.com/nmma/home/

Comments

7 comments on “Time to push back, hard!

  1. maddog

    Norm,
    You are right on! This issue of E-15 , sold as green energy bio fuels has the potential to destroy an already fragile recreational marine industry. The lobby group called Growth Energy is attempting to prop up their self-serving interest in face of reduced oil prices and a recession and and shrinkage in fuel use. Until scentific analysis is complete, our efforts to counter the Growth Energy lobbbying tactics to raise the fuel blend limit to E-15 translates into our ability to protecting the future of our customers against engine failure, fuel system morass and disgruntled boating experiences.

  2. JEFF E. SLEIGHT

    GEE JUMPING UP FROM ETHANOL 15 AFTER A HAVING ETHANOL 10 JAMMED DOWN OUR THROATS. IF I HAD A DOLLAR FOR EVERY ONE OF MY MECHANIC ACCOUNTS WHO HAS COMPLAINED OF GELLING ISSUES I’D BE RETIRED FROM MY 32 YEARS IN THE MARINE INDUSTRY. I JUST WANT TO FORWARD MY NAME TO THE INEVITABLE CLASS ACTION SUIT THAT WILL RESULT FROM THE DEGENERATION OF PARTS AND HOSES THAT WERE PREVIOUSLY UNAFFECTED BY THE FORMER FUELS WITHOUT ETHANOL. I OWN PRODUCTS FROM 1929 TO DATE AND FEEL I’VE GOT A REASONABLE TEST PLATFORM. MY 1964 HONDA 160 SCRAMBLER JUST BELCHED FUEL ALL OVER MY GARAGE THE OTHER DAY FROM A HOSE THAT WAS FINE UNTIL ETHANOL FUELS CRUMBLED IT. REALLY HATED HAVING THOSE VAPORS IN THE GARAGE WITH A FURNACE WITH PILOT LIGHT. GUESS WE’RE SUPPOSED TO STORE ANYTHING WE OWN OLDER THAN TEN YEARS OUTSIDE SO THIS CAN’T HAPPEN. WELL EPA WHEN THE FIRST ONE BLOWS UP YOU’LL BE HEARING FROM ME.

  3. dave boso

    Who do we sue? EPA, Obama,congress, the lobbying SOB’s, Green weenies,farmers,?
    Might as well talk about sueing the dog next door.
    The teaparty movment is getting rolling, and it’s not just about taxes it includes every intrusion of goverment into our lives, JOIN A LOCAL GROUP AND GET ACTIVE>

  4. Earl M. Waesche

    Thank you Norman for your good article on this critical issue. We will encourage our members to provide comment to the EPA as we did successfully on the Clean Boating Act. We definitely need more publicity on this and increased awareness in the user community on the detrimental effects ethanol will have on gasoline engines. I would only question one item in your report that “marine engines are designed and certified to run on not more than E10″. This may be true in newer engines but I do not believe older engines were designed or certified to run on any level of ehanol. Therefore, the many users with older boats are going to have even more problems. Lets hope the EPA finally get the facts right and finally realize that ethanol is not the panacea tey are making it out to be.

  5. LARRY RODRIGUEZ

    WHAT CONCERNS ME IS THAT THE AUTOMOTIVE WORLD IS GETTING READY FOR E85, AND THEIR NEW ENGINES ARE COMING CERTIFIED FOR SUCH, AND BECAUSE THE MAJORITY RULES, AND DEMANDS INCREASE EXPONENTIALLY IN THAT INDUSTRY, GAS STATIONS START CATERING TO THE AUTO INDUSTRY, AS IT IS EXPECTED, WHERE DO YOU THINK WE’RE HEADING THEN?
    DON’T GET ME WRONG, I AGREE WITH PRESENT DEMANDS, BUT CAN’T HELP WONDER WHAT IF?
    ALSO, WHAT SORT OF LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL IS IN OUR INDUSTRY, FOR THE POSSIBLE E85 FUTURE? DOES ANYONE IN THE BOATING (engine mfg.) INDUSTRY HAVE PLANS TO DEAL WITH THIS?
    FOR NOW, ALL INDICATIONS THAT ALTERNATIVE FUELS IS WHAT EVERY INDUSTRY, BACKED BY GOVERNMENT IS NOT ONLY TALKING ABOUT, BUT LOOKING INTO AS WELL, AND CONGRESS IS GOING TO PUSH IT, AFTER ALL WE KNOW THEY THINK THEY KNOW WHAT’S GOOD FOR US!
    HATE TO TELL YOU JEFF, BUT WITH YOUR EXPERIENCE, YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER WITH YOUR ’64 HONDA. POOR EXCUSE BROTHER! MY ’67 VETTE COUGHED JUST AS HARD, AND EXTENSIVE MODS WERE MY ONLY CHOICES.
    E10 IS HERE TO STAY, WE KNOW WE’RE SCREWED ABOUT THAT, AND WE’RE GETTING READY TO GET IT AGAIN WITH E85, AND GUESS WHAT, IT’S SO MUCH CHEAPER IN FLORIDA TO BUY E85, THAT’S JUST A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE NON-BOATERS PUSH IT FURTHER DOWN OUR……
    HOPE THEY GET IT FROM OTHER SOURCES, GOOD TASTING CORN ON THE COB & CORN BREAD IS SOMETHING I DON’T PLAN TO GIVE UP, UNLESS IT GETS MORE EXPENSIVE THAN DIESEL!
    I DON’T WANT TO SOUND LIKE I’M GIVING UP, I HATE TO SEE WHAT’S HAPPENING, I DON’T LIKE IT EITHER, AND I’LL DO MY PART, BUT CAN’T HELP WONDER, HOW HARD IS THE CURRENT I’LL BE SWIMMING AGAINST?

  6. marvin

    the ethanol 10% is a joke, it is nothing but a problem for the marine industry. now they want 15%???
    we ran it in a ford f 150 2005 and lost almost 3 miles per gallon on a 400 mile trip. so what is it good for???

  7. jeff hoyt

    E10 is junk my 2 sleds 2outbords dead.and my mercruser 350 sucked 2valves last week whats next.dirt bikes 4wheeler lawnmorer. if something isent done im selling all the toys i know alot of us feel the same

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