MRF September 2018 Update
By Andy Kelly
I am going to start off by repeating myself with something important I have said before. EVERYONE really needs to get motivated and contacts their Congressman in Washington D.C. to support H.R.5855, the Consumer Protection and Fuel transparency Act. This bill would require the EPA to revise the labeling requirements for fuel pumps that dispense E15 and conduct a consumer education campaign to inform the public about the risk of improper use of E15 and the vehicles and equipment that are prohibited from using E15. Motorcycles are one of those vehicles. I do not know of any vehicle in mass production that is designed to use E15, so I feel safe in saying it affects everyone in ABATE.
One of the easiest ways to contact your lawmaker is by going to the MRF.com web site. When you go to the web site click on Legislative, which is located just a little down from the top, then click on Legislative Action Center, then click on Federal Legislative Issues. On that page under TAKE ACTION FOR MOTORCYCLE RIDERS you will find in blue letters MY MOTORCYCLE, MY CHOICE. Click on those words and then fill in the fields. Click submit/send. This is fast and easy.
As I am writing this I am waiting to hear from Senator Toomey’s office about getting the Senator to introduce a companion bill to H.R.5855 in the Senate. In the past Senator Toomey has been an opponent of Ethanol. All we can do is ask and hope.
While we are on the Ethanol subject, the EPA has a new Administrator, Andrew Wheeler. Scott Pruitt the former administrator was not a big fan of Ethanol and of the Renewable Fuels Act. That and a few other issues may be part of the reason he resigned. Andrew Wheeler, the new head is rumored to be ethanol friendly and thinks he can settle the issues involving the Renewable Fuels Act. Somehow I don’t think this is going to be good for us, another good reason to contact your Legislators in Washington D.C.
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, from Pennsylvania’s 9th district, (who is not running for re-election), has released a legislative discussion draft for a major infrastructure overhaul. In the proposal, the 33.4 cent per gallon would disappear in 2028 replaced by a road usage tax that would start. But the proposal also includes a 20-cent increase to diesel and a 15-cent increase to gasoline phased in over three years. The proposal also includes a 10% tax on batteries for electric cars. Let’s see who is in charge with the new Congress after election in November.