96 representatives sign on to ethanol letter

By Jonathan Sweet
October 18, 2013
Filed under News

Nearly 100 members of Congress have signed a bipartisan letter asking their colleagues to support lower levels of renewable fuel, specifically ethanol.

The letter is supported by many in the marine industry, including the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, the National Marine Manufacturers Association and Boat US. Twenty-one other groups including dairy farmers, poultry farmers and snowmobile manufacturers have signed on.

The letter was circulated by four representatives: Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.; Jim Costa, D-Calif.; Peter Welch, D-Vt.; and Steve Womack, R-Ark. The group is asking the EPA to lower the levels currently required by the RFS, saying those levels are not achievable. The RFS mandates 36 billion gallons of renewable fuel be used by 2020, with as much as 15 billion gallons from corn ethanol.

A total of 96 representatives have signed the letter, which is scheduled to go out today to the rest of Congress.

From the letter:

“Last month, EPA conceded that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) will soon require more ethanol be blended into gasoline than can be safely blended into gasoline.  Given this reality, we must urge the EPA to adjust the normally rigid RFS to recognize market conditions and realities. …

Prompt action by the EPA can help to ease short supply concerns, prevent engine damage, save jobs across many U.S. industries, and keep families fed.  Now is the time to use this authority to reduce the RFS.”


4 Responses to “96 representatives sign on to ethanol letter”

  1. Jon K Martin on October 21st, 2013 11:30 am

    The people are for it but ethanol is not available to us where I live ! WHA SAY YE ?


  2. Jon K Martin on October 21st, 2013 11:31 am

    Give us a supply Line and we will use it !


  3. Kenneth J Hoffman on October 21st, 2013 12:00 pm

    When they 1st came out with this Ethanol stuff; I had failure of a fuel pump in both of my SUV @ my truck.. Maybe this corn syrup makes you feel good. To the EPA- would you mind paying my bill of over $1800.00 to pay for your demand. I will bet NOT. What happens the next time? I can hear it now (just buy a brand new vehicle even though your old one runs fine - on good gas). This way you can send all of used medal, to China so that we can buy new ones at an exorbitant price; and you the CEO will SHARE the profits with-(the common workers). PIPE DREAM for THE COMMON FOLKS.


  4. Erik Craig on October 22nd, 2013 3:12 pm

    It is a proven fact that any amount over 10% ethanol blend is actually worse for the environment. The emissions are actually worse than just straight gas, and that is while your engine is actually running. The ethanol blend has been know to blow up marine engines within 100 hours of use. I don't know about you, but that can get expensive!


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