AMA Wants Renewable Fuel Standard Reform

April 29, 2015
Courtesy of American Motorcyclist Association
American Motorcyclist Association

The American Motorcyclist Association joined today with representatives from disparate groups seeking a common goal: reform of the flawed Federal Renewable Fuel Standard.

As part of the National Renewable Fuel Standard “Day of Action,” organized by the Smarter Fuel Future coalition, the AMA lobbied members of Congress.

“We are committed to recruiting cosponsors for H.R. 704 — the RFS reform bill — and to seeing it passed this session,” said Wayne Allard, AMA vice president for government relations. “At the same time, we are urging the EPA to propose a rule similar to, or the same as, the one issued in 2013.”

H.R. 704, introduced by U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), would amend the federal Clean Air Act to eliminate certain requirements under the renewable fuel program. It also would prohibit the EPA administrator from approving the introduction into the marketplace of gasoline that contains greater than 10 percent ethanol by volume.

In addition to the AMA, Smarter Fuel Future counts among its member organizations representing environmentalists, farmers, consumers and taxpayers, oil refiners, anti-hunger activists and business leaders.

Their message: America’s engines, environment and food supply are endangered by the production, distribution and expanded use of ethanol.

The AMA opposes the proliferation of E15 fuel in the marketplace because the formulation is not approved for use in any of the estimated 22 million motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles currently in on U.S. roads and trails. Use of E15 in motorcycles or ATVs can void manufacturers’ warranties, cause engine damage and result in fuel system failure.

Today’s efforts are part of the AMA’s ongoing battle against the spread of E15. For more information, visit: www.americanmotorcyclist.com/rights/amafuelforthought.aspx.

About the American Motorcyclist Association
Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders’ interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com