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Boating Industry reader survey reports ethanol repairs increasing

A new survey by Boating Industry magazine says those in the boating industry that manufacture, sell, repair and store recreational vessels are seeing a growing number of problems caused by ethanol-related fuels. Said one Minnesota boat dealer in the survey, “Ethanol fuels are great for our service department but bad for our customers!” The reader survey results, which appear in ...

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Ethanol still a significant challenge, survey says

Growing number of readers report ethanol-related problems Despite efforts to educate boaters about concerns over ethanol in general and E15 in particular, those in the industry are seeing a growing number of problems caused by the fuel. That’s according to the latest Boating Industry reader survey. We surveyed our readers via email in May to find out more about their ...

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EPA announces proposed 2018 Renewable Volume Obligations

Less than two weeks ago, marine engine executives from Indmar, Yamaha, Mercury Marine, Torqeedo, Evinrude and Volvo Penta met with Speaker Paul Ryan, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and his senior staff and Chairman John Shimkus. The discussion on Capitol Hill focused on reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard, promoting E15 education for consumers and offering biobutanol as an alternative fuel. Despite ...

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Boating, biofuels and dirty politics


Washington, D.C. is full of advocates. Some are very effective champions for important causes, but others get sucked into the maelstrom of competing special interests. Lately, I’ve seen a lot of the latter type represented among those who claim to serve boating enthusiasts but have become dupes of a well-funded fossil fuel campaign. Listening to these voices, you would think ...

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BoatUS criticizes effort to support government ethanol mandate

The Boat Owners Association of The United States reported that in a new advertising campaign timed with the start of boating season, the Renewable Fuels Association, the leading trade association for America’s ethanol industry, continues to spread mistruths in its support of the Renewable Fuel Standard, a 2005 law that mandates the blending of biofuels such as corn-ethanol into our ...

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Industry associations send message to administration and Congress on ethanol policy

On May 4, a letter was sent from a group of industry partners to the Trump administration and Congress. The coalition of recreational boating and sportfishing interests urged action to fix America’s broken ethanol policy. The American Sportfishing Association , Boat Owners Association of The United States, National Marine Manufacturers Association and Marine Retailers Association of the Americas on behalf ...

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EPA approves pathway for isobutanol as an advanced biofuel

Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO), announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the pathway for isobutanol produced at Gevo’s Luverne, Minn., plant to be an advanced biofuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard Program. This is the first time that the EPA has approved a pathway for an advanced biofuel that uses starch from feed corn to produce an alcohol. With ...

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NMMA urges EPA to lower proposed RFS ethanol volume

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), along with American Petroleum Institute (API) and the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), held a conference call on Monday to discuss The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed increase for the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2017. The proposal calls for renewable fuel volumes of 18.8 billion gallons in 2017, a 3.8 percent increase from 2016 and ...

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Make sure your customers are fueling smart this season

As the summer boating season officially begins, we need to do everything we can to make sure customers are having the most safe and enjoyable time on the water possible. They can’t do this if they have to spend their season in the service department. It is imperative that boat businesses do everything they can to educate customers on what ...

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Weekly 5: New Jersey boat dealers indicted on 34 fraud counts

The BI Weekly 5 is a collection of tips, news and data affecting the boating industry this week. Be sure to look for the BI Weekly 5 every Tuesday on BoatingIndustry.com. 1. New Jersey boat dealers indicted on 34 fraud counts A boat dealer who allegedly faked his death and his partner are facing more counts related to transactions at ...

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