A great experience for all kids whose parents are active members. We will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the IHOP located at 1031 Assembly Street across from the statehouse. Breakfast will be provided for the kids by attorney Chad Fuller with The Motorcycle Law Group. After breakfast the kids will take part in a guided tour of the statehouse at 10:30 a.m. then go with ABATE members to help pass out our monthly newsletter to our legislators in the House, Senate and Governors office.
Bipartisan congressional letter aims to prevent E15-related engine damage Did your representative signed the letter? See if your Rep. signed! On June 8, U.S. Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Bill Flores (R-Texas), Jim Costa (D-Calif.) and Steve Womack (R-Ark.) sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to “…express concern about the lack of consumer awareness surrounding the inappropriate use of E15 gasoline and… how it [the EPA] plans to mitigate consumer misfuelings… .”
With your help, 45 representatives have agreed to support motorcyclists in their effort to ensure that safe fuels remain available and the risk of misfueling with E15 is reduced.
The bipartisan letter comes in response to the EPA’s Renewable Volume Obligations rule for 2014, 2015 and 2016. The EPA proposal would increase the amount of ethanol from all sources in the nation’s fuel supply to 17.4 billion gallons in 2016, up from 15.93 billion gallons in 2014.
Those increases come despite the EPA’s acknowledgement that the current market cannot absorb these higher ethanol production rates without substantially increasing the amount of ethanol in our nation’s gasoline supply. The practical effect of the EPA’s action is more unsafe E15 (15 percent ethanol by volume), less E10 and virtually no E0 for older and vintage machines.
As the American Motorcyclist Association has repeatedly warned, more E15 will inevitably lead to inadvertent misfueling, which can damage motorcycle and all-terrain-vehicle fuel systems and engines not designed for its use. Moreover, the use of E15 may void the manufacturer’s warranty.
With a high probability of inadvertent misfueling, the letter urges the EPA to “…act to raise consumer awareness of the consequences of misfueling with E15.” Currently, the effort to bring awareness is left up to the AMA and other consumer-oriented and industry groups.
The urgency of EPA action to address misfueling is supported by a recent study from the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute. The study indicates only 5 percent of consumers are aware that E15 is prohibited for use in certain engines and that 60 percent of consumers assume that any gas sold at a pump must be safe for all of their engines.
This letter will help protect the 22 million motorcycles and ATVs currently in use and the riders who depend on their safe operation.
Now more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends become members of the AMA to help protect our riding freedoms. More members mean more clout against the opponents of motorcycling. That support will help fight for your rights – on the road, trail, racetrack, and in the halls of government. If you are a motorcycle rider, join the AMA at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join. See if your Rep. signed!
WASHINGTON, DC– Next Monday will mark the 25th anniversary of “Ride to Work Day,” an annual event that promotes the motorcycle as an option for commuting to work. Since 1992, this event has been organized by the Ride to Work organization aiming to increase public awareness of motorcyclists; promote the use of motorcycles as a method of transportation; and increase motorcycle safety. According to the Motorcycle Industry Council, an estimated 150,000 (approximately) commuters ride their motorcycle to work. This is a very minor portion of all commuters, though figures show these numbers are on the rise. It may be surprising that the numbers are not higher given data that supports that traveling by motorcycle can shorten journey times by as much as 33 minutes of every hour for city travel. Additional benefits can include more parking options, fuel savings and the undeniable advantage of enjoying the environment and the open air preparing yourself for a long day of work, or better yet, decompressing post-work! The Motorcycle Riders Foundation encourages its members and partners to participate in this year’s event on June 20th to help demonstrate just how many motorcyclists are on the road and that the use of motorcycles as an alternative to commuting can help alleviate traffic and parking congestion. Another important message that the event sends is that, despite a sometimes less than flattering portrayal of motorcyclists by Hollywood and even the media and naysayers, motorcyclists are our neighbors, doctors, family, lawyers and friends and they deserve to have their voices heard.
For more information, visit: http://www.ridetowork.org/ About Motorcycle Riders Foundation The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) provides leadership at the federal level for states’ motorcyclists’ rights organizations as well as motorcycle clubs and individual riders. The MRF is chiefly concerned with issues at the national and international levels that impact the freedom and safety of American street motorcyclists. The MRF is committed to being a national advocate for the advancement of motorcycling and its associated lifestyle and works in conjunction with its partners to help educate elected officials and policymakers in Washington and beyond. All Information contained in this release is copyrighted. Reproduction permitted with attribution. Motorcycle Riders Foundation. All rights reserved. Ride With The Leaders ™ by joining the MRF at http://motorcycleridersfoundation.wildapricot.org/page-1654836 or call (202) 546-0983
EPA Holds Public Hearing on Renewable Fuel Standard; MRF Testifies
WASHINGTON, DC– Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a public hearing in Kansas City, MO concerning the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), also referred to as ethanol mandates, and allowed interested parties the opportunity to testify regarding how the regulation affects them.
A variety of stakeholders testified; many of which expressed concern about ethanol mandates forcing increased amounts of biofuels into the U.S. fuel supply and possible effects. However, the majority of speaking slots were filled with pro-biofuel individuals which support higher blends of ethanol in fuel. They spoke passionately citing frustration that a recent EPA proposed rule published in May would increase renewable fuel volume obligations but not at levels they deem “high enough.”
On the other side of the spectrum, oil producers and others expressed concerns over higher ethanol blends citing negative effects on the environment, food supply, costs to taxpayers and deleted resources. Congress created the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and expand the nation’s renewable fuels sector while reducing reliance on imported oil. As a result, the EPA is required to set annual RFS volume requirements for four categories of biofuels. One of these categories, “Renewable Fuel” accounts for corn-based ethanol. Recently, the EPA announced a proposal for their recommended level of corn-based ethanol renewable energy to be blended into gasoline for 2017 which is 18.8 billion gallons, an increase from 2016 levels.
Concern over E15
Several individuals expressed concern in both written and oral testimony specifically focused on blended fuel containing 15 percent ethanol (E15) and its potential to wreak havoc on engines by causing corrosion, rubber swelling and other damages. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) was represented through the Freedom of Road Riders (FORR) which also delivered testimony. “Encouraging new research, specifically targeted towards motorcycle engines as well as the effects on internal combustion, could help alleviate the concerns of motorcycle riders, as well as motorcycle manufacturers,” stated Amy Allmon, MRF Rep and Member of FORR. Allmon went on to also tout the importance of consumer education asking the EPA to, “help ensure that consumers have a comprehensive understanding of the risks associated with using fuel with a higher blend of ethanol.”
A major coalition, known as “Smarter Fuel Future” has been active in addressing concerns over ethanol mandates. It brings together major associations, companies, environmental groups and others in order to reform the current mandates. Recently, the MRF became engaged with the Coalition and began participating in supportive activities. This outlet can serve as an opportunity to voice the position of the MRF and its members to learn more about the effects on motorcycles and higher blends of ethanol. This week the Smarter Fuel Future coalition sent a congressional letter to the EPA encouraging increased consumer awareness on E15’s potential to cause damage and cited concern over the lack of public knowledge on this fact and related federal laws. The coalition website can be accessed here at http://smarterfuelfuture.org/
In its entirety, the hearing lasted for several hours, allowing over 120 people the opportunity to speak. Interestingly, while motorcyclists’ rights groups had a presence during the hearing, manufacturers of motorcycles were not present on the witness list.
About Motorcycle Riders Foundation
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) provides leadership at the federal level for states’ motorcyclists’ rights organizations as well as motorcycle clubs and individual riders. The MRF is chiefly concerned with issues at the national and international levels that impact the freedom and safety of American street motorcyclists. The MRF is committed to being a national advocate for the advancement of motorcycling and its associated lifestyle and works in conjunction with its partners to help educate elected officials and policymakers in Washington and beyond.
In case you missed it we will be having our annual ABATE State Party at Broxton Bridge Plantation. We have attached the design for this years shirts and if you would like to preorder please have the order in by Thursday so we can have them ready for the party. This design has the original helmet law amendment as passed back in June 16, 1980 with the original signatures so it makes a great ABATE advertisement even if you can't make it.
All sizes from Small to XXX Large are $20 in both men and women. You can also get them in long sleeve at no extra charge. If you would like pockets they are and extra $5.
Even if you can't make the party come out on Saturday for a nice ride and the flier is on our state website at ABATESC.COM