There is a serious flaw in the Renewable Fuel Standard and now is the time to fix it. The RFS is the 2005 federal law that mandates the blending of biofuels such as corn-ethanol into our gasoline. This is where our now-common regular gasoline with 10 percent ethanol blended in (E10) came from. Now 15 percent ethanol (E15) is scheduled to replace E10. The trouble is that all marine engines, motorcycles, small engines (lawnmowers, chain saws, etc.), and older automobiles can tolerate E10, but they are damaged by E15.
When the RFS was written, it was assumed that America's use of gasoline would continue to rise. However, U.S. gasoline usage has actually dropped steadily since 2005 and now the law forces more corn ethanol into fewer gallons of gasoline. What’s more, RFS dictates a reduction in the production of non-blended gasoline (E0), the fuel that is all of the above engines were designed to use.
On May 4 a coalition of recreational boating associations and manufacturers sent a letter to the Trump administration and Congress urging action to fix America's mistaken ethanol policy. The letter asks for common sense reforms, such as ensuring that any future ethanol volumes do not exceed 9.7 percent of the nation's total fuel supply. This would protect true consumer choice at the pump by not artificially decreasing the supply of ethanol-free gasoline, and implementing new and more effective mis-fueling precautions that will educate and protect all consumers (Pumps dispensing E15 are only required to display a small orange warning sticker).
The Boat Owners of the United States is encouraging all Americans to join them in this action. Go to www.BoatUS.com/gov/rfs.asp for more information on the Renewable Fuel Standard. Note: Among other useful information this site has a helpful chart that names the older automobiles at risk. To add your voice to the appeal, go to http://www.capwiz.com/boatus/issues/alert/?alertid=74718646&type=CA and click on “Fix the Ethanol Mandate”.