American Motorcyclist Association calls for overhaul of failed Renewable Fuel Standard
May 09, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The
federal government's Renewable Fuel Standard is a failed strategy that must be
completely reconsidered and restructured, Wayne Allard, vice president of
government relations for the American Motorcyclist Association, said Wednesday.
Allard's remarks came during the National Renewable Fuel Standard "Day of
Action," organized to urge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to
maintain its proposed 2014 renewable volume obligation and for Congress to take
up legislative reform that would permanently address the problems inherent in
the current RFS.
"The RFS is not working for Americans who breathe air, eat food, ride
motorcycles, drive cars or mow their lawns. And, the action you'll see around
the U.S. today is emblematic of the wide-reaching support that exists for RFS
reform. It's time to readdress this flawed policy," said Allard, a former
U.S. senator from Colorado.
Motorcyclists, environmentalists, farmers, and business leaders lobbied the EPA
and key members of Congress before gathering for a press conference.
Their message: America's engines, environment and food supply are endangered by
the production, distribution and use of ethanol.
The AMA opposes E15 fuel (15 percent ethanol by volume) because inadvertent
misfueling can cause engine and fuel system failure to the estimated 22 million
motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles currently in use and can void
"Groups from every corner of the country are here in Washington today for
one reason: to demand action on the ethanol mandates that are impacting so many
sectors of our economy," Allard said.
U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) has offered a number of potential solutions,
including the "RFS Reform Act of 2013" (H.R. 1462).
"We urge other members of Congress to join Rep. Goodlatte in reforming
this uniquely flawed policy," Allard said.
Others participating in the event included U.S. Reps. Jim Costa (D-Calif.) and
Steve Womack (R-Ark.); Justin Oldfield, of the California Cattlemen's
Association; Ron O'Connor, of the HeartLands Conservancy of Illinois; and Paul
Navarro, of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
The AMA has repeatedly expressed concerns to government officials and federal
lawmakers about possible damage to motorcycle and ATV engines caused by the
inadvertent use of E15. For more information, visit: www.americanmotorcyclist.com/rights/amafuelforthought.aspx.