Boaters tell President Trump: Fix the Broken Ethanol Mandates

May 12, 2017

American boaters are sounding the alarm: the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is a Titanic-scale catastrophe.

Recently, a coalition of the nation’s top recreational boating and sport fishing organizations sent a letter to Washington urging rapid reform of the sinking RFS.

On behalf of the United States’ 12 million recreational boat owners, 46 million recreational anglers and 35,000 recreational boating businesses, the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), Boat Owners Association of the United States (BoatUS), National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) urged the Trump administration and Congress to change course on the current ethanol policy.

The joint letter said that because of the RFS call to increase the volume of ethanol in the fuel supply, the policy has “discriminatorily affected the boating public.” While federal law prohibits the use of ethanol-gas blends greater than E10 in recreational boats for safety reasons, the RFS pumps E15 and higher fuel blends into the market – expanding the presence of blender pump infrastructure, and with it, the risk of misfuelling while simultaneously threatening the supply of ethanol-free fuel.

With higher ethanol-blend fuels available at more pumps today, the risk of misfuelling is on the rise.  That’s one of the reasons why 26,000 American boaters and sportfishers signed a petition to reform the failing ethanol mandates.

Join the boating community and call on the administration to take action on the RFS immediately!