MRF October 2018 Update
By Andy Kelly
In case you have not heard, Kirk “Hardtail” Willard, President of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation, was inducted into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame. He received the Freedom Fighters Award at the ceremony.
E15 is a problem for all of us. The MRF is making a concerted effort in Washington, DC to help educate consumers about this problem. I had the pleasure of meeting with Philip Innamorato, who is Senator Toomey's Field representative, in Philadelphia, on August 15th, and talked to him about having Senator Pat Toomey introduce a "Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act" in the Senate like H.R. 5855 that was introduced in the House of Representatives.
Overall, the legislation would require the Environmental Protection Agency to expand consumer awareness on how to safely use fuel containing more than 10 percent ethanol including improved labeling, fuel pump safeguards, and education outreach.
Specifically, the legislation would:
• Revise the labeling requirements for fuel pumps that dispense E15
• Solicit input and requirements for these revised labels from industries that manufacture vehicles, engines, and equipment prohibited from using E15, including boats, lawnmowers, chainsaws, motorcycles, and snowmobiles
• Include the word “WARNING” on the labels, which shall be no smaller than 5 by 7 inches
• Include pictograms on the labels that depict specific products that are prohibited from using E15 including a boat, lawnmower, chainsaw, motorcycle, and snowmobile
• Include other indicators on the labels developed by the Administrator in consultation with the American National Standards Institute
• Focus group test these labels to ensure their effectiveness
• Develop and commence a public education campaign, in consultation with the affected industries, that provides adequate awareness of the risks associated with E15 and the vehicles, engines, and equipment prohibited from using E15
• Include outreach to consumers at the point of sale, prior to dispensing, in the public education campaign
• Submit a report to Congress no later than one year after the date of enactment of this Act, regarding public education efforts and including data and metrics on consumer awareness of appropriate uses of E15
What YOU NEED TO DO NOW IS TO contact Toomey's office in Washington D.C. (through the Senator's website or 202-224-4254) and ask him to introduce this legislation. Please include Wesley Wright (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Philip Innamorato (email@example.com).
We need to educate the Consumers across the country about E15 and higher grades of ethanol. An educated consumer is a smarter consumer and a smarter consumer may start asking why we are being forced to have Ethanol added to our gasoline and what damage the results are from Ethanol.
We need to start doing something about the amount of Ethanol in our fuels. I have ridden through different States and areas of the Country and I am always surprised to see E zero available in gas stations. I said many times that the Farmers in the Corn belt just want to produce Ethanol but not use it, but E zero is available widely in Florida and Florida does not have too many corn fields.
Please take the time to contact Senator Toomey’s office, and ask Senator Toomey to introduce legislation in the Senate similar to H.R. 5855.