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Federal agency seeks comments on
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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Action by Aug. 31
Our July Club Meeting is at Southwest Superbikes on Sunday, July 30th.
2361 Fabens Road Dallas TX 75229
Mark Peterson, owner of Southwest Superbikes is hosting our July meeting. Mark will have brats and cold beverages for us to
enjoy. Mark will open his impressive museum of vintage single cylinder race bikes along with his Bonneville record setting bike.
Members and guests are encouraged to arrive early to socialize, meet new members and guests and look over the different assortment of
antique and modern bikes. This usually occurs between 12pm and 2pm with the formal meeting starting at 2pm.
Membership renewals are due on August
1st of each year.
Membership dues and renewals are now $30.
The easiest and fastest way to join or renew is online by clicking here. You only need a Credit Card or a PayPal
account. You may also join by mailing in the application form which can be found by
Land O' the Pines Registration
Pre-register and save $5!
Pre-registration: Single $40 - Family $50. You don't need a PayPal account to pay online.
Registration onsite: Single $45 - Family $55. Family is Mom, Dad & 2 kids
(under 18). Each additional child is $10.
Day Pass - $15.00. Includes bike show voting but doesn't include entering a bike in the Show.
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