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RFA Promotes Use of Ethanol at Sturgis

Monday, July 13, 2009
For motorcycle aficionados, no summer is complete without the annual ride through South Dakota known as Sturgis. This year, this all-American tradition is being fueled by America’s #1 renewable fuel – ethanol. Sturgis takes place from July 31 – August 8 in Sturgis, South Dakota, in the shadow of the Black Hills.

Sturgis and Ethanol  brought to you by the Renewable Fuels Association
The Renewable Fuels Association thinks that the Sturgis Rally and Ethonal are a natural American pairing.
“It is a natural pairing – America’s love affair with the motorcycle and the open road and its premiere renewable fuel,” said Renewable Fuels Association Director of Market Development Robert White. “At nearly 10% of the nation’s fuel supply, ethanol can be found in nearly every gallon of gasoline sold. It is providing a growing renewable alternative to petroleum that is safe and effective for use in all engine types, including motorcycles.”

[Click here to hear an interview with Robert White about the partnership with Sturgis on the latest edition of the Ethanol Report.]

The RFA is partnering with the Buffalo Chip Campground and the unofficial scribe of Sturgis, the Buffalo Chip Gazette, to promote the use of ethanol blended fuels as a way to combat our increasing dependence on foreign oil. Often mischaracterized as being a problem of engines like those found in motorcycles, the Sturgis rally offers an opportunity to highlight the efficacy of ethanol-blends in all engine types.

Corresponding to this partnership, the RFA is providing a wide range of merchandise and promotional materials to staffers, volunteers and riders at this year’s event.

“American ethanol producers epitomize the spirit of patriotism and self-reliance that is on display at Sturgis every year,” said RFA’s White. “Through continued innovation, ethanol will remain America’s premiere renewable fuel and vital component in becoming more energy secure.”

The RFA is also using this opportunity to highlight a new, consumer-oriented website called Choose Ethanol. The site is designed for everyday Americans to easily access information about ethanol and, most importantly, where they can buy it.

In addition to working with motorcycle enthusiasts and consumers, the RFA has also updated its most popular publication, “Changes in Gasoline Manual,” for engine mechanics. The newest version of this document, now with more than 1 million copies in print, contains the latest information on changes to gasoline as dictated by federal and state statute. The manual also contains updated information of E85 and other higher level ethanol blends.

A download of the “Changes in Gasoline Manual” can be found here.

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Skeptic -If the benefits are so great...  October 27, 2009 08:26 AM
...then why aren't the corn farmers blending ethanol with their diesel fuel for trucks and farm equipment?
Rion -ruining it again.  July 15, 2009 01:06 PM
Choice between putting corn (a bad producer of Ethanol) in the tank, or putting Terror juice in the tank......... Not like we have any other choice, all other energy sources are either too much $$$, too hard to get, are politically suppressed, or there is not much of it left. And then again we have to buy turbo/super charged engines to get any mileage out of Ethanol. so thats even more $ out of my wallet.
Russ -Big Biofuel does not know when to quit  July 14, 2009 10:00 PM
Ethanol fires are hard to extinguish: http://biodiversivist.blogspot.com/2009/05/ladies-and-gentlemen-start-your-engines.html
mugwump -Not this again  July 14, 2009 03:36 PM
I ride by the now defunct ethanol plant that inhabits the area abandon by Miller Brewing Company when the tax breaks ran out on the way to work. The studies not funded by, ahem, you know who, showed that the use of corn to make fuel was folly at best. Yet we persited. Practice has shown that it's folly. Ethanol from cellulose, perhaps, but food for fuel is really only good for ADM, Cargill et al... What a match, Sturgis and ethanol.
Sean Alexander -The Way It Is...  July 14, 2009 10:56 AM
The AG lobbyists hard at work. Ethanol isn't necessarily "bad" for most modern engines, it just isn't as "good" as gasoline. Lower energy density, more corrosive, less lubricating, less new power, worse fuel economy, etc. However, sadly, it's the way it is, We the Sheeple will continue to consume whatever is rammed down our throats by lobbyists and the politicians they bribe/coerce.
mark -Right...  July 13, 2009 07:38 PM
It's sad how the ethanol lobby is lying through their teeth and people just eat it up in the name of environmentalism. If the stuff is so great, why is everyone's fuel economy lower with ethanol-blended fuel? And more importantly, why does my Honda run like crap on ethanol-blended fuel? Thank god I live in Vermont where we can still get uncontaminated gasoline.