Legislation in Congress concerning ethanol fuels
  • APBA Members:

    See below an alert from BoatU.S. about legislation in Congress concerning higher blend ethanol fuels. Please review. The alert contains a link for you to take action. Thanks.

    - Steve

    Steve Greaves, APBA Government Affairs


    For years, BoatU.S. has been battling in Washington to make sure you can buy gasoline that works in your boat engines. On Wednesday, February 4, 2015, U.S. Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced The Renewable Fuel Standard Reform Act of 2015. This bill, which has both Democrat and Republican support, will effectively remove mandates for higher blend ethanol fuels (more than 10%) and allow for investment in other more compatible biofuels. We believe it is a critical step and we are writing you to ask your Congressman to become a co-sponsor and support it.



    The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is the 2005 law that requires the blending of biofuels such as corn-ethanol into our gasoline. When written, it assumed that America’s use of gasoline would continue to rise and mandated escalating amounts of biofuels to be blended with our fuel. Since 2005, gasoline usage has actually dropped steadily and now the law forces more ethanol into less gasoline.

    To keep up with this mandate, in 2010 the EPA permitted E15 (fuel containing up to 15% ethanol) into the marketplace. Even though E15 is prohibited from being used in marine engines, snowmobiles, motorcycles, small engines like lawnmowers and leaf blowers, as well as any vehicle made before 2001, this fuel can now be found at over 100 stations in 16 states at the very same pumps as E10 and ethanol-free gasoline. (In fact, there is not a single marine engine warrantied to run on any fuel with over 10% ethanol.)

    Over 60% of BoatU.S. Members fill their boat’s fuel tanks at roadside gas stations where the higher blend ethanol fuels are often the cheapest fuel at the pump. This creates a huge potential for misfueling and puts boaters at risk.

    Please contact your Congressman by clicking HERE. Ask them to co-sponsor the Renewable Fuel Standard Reform Act of 2015. In the last Congress, this bill had 82 co-sponsors.

    CLICK HERE for more information on E15 and the Renewable Fuel Standard.

    Thank you for being a BoatU.S. Member!

    Margaret B. Podlich
    President, BoatU.S.

    APBA Member #:
    Boat #: 2
    Region 1
  • 2 Comments sorted by
  • ............put a tank of that e-15 gas in my 2005 F-150 on a way to a race years ago and although it was like 20 cents a gallon cheaper the truck ran like crap and my mileage dropped like 3 miles per gallon so in the end it really was not cost effective and made my truck run like puke. Never again!!

    APBA Member #: 71441
    Boat #: 66-E
    Classes: Stock Outboard
    Region 4
  • See below.

    Additional information on ethanol fuel legislation published by BoatUS.

    President's Corner -
    From BoatUS President, Margaret Podlich
    imageFor years, BoatUS has been battling in Washington to make sure you can buy gasoline that works properly in your boat engine. And while we have long recognized that renewable fuels are a key part of America's energy mix, we continue to work to reform the government fuel mandate that forces higher levels of ethanol in gas; levels beyond 10%, which can void boat engine warranties.

    Now we have a chance to fix this broken policy. After last month's request, over 10,000 BoatUS Members contacted their congressmen, requesting support for H.R. 704, "The Renewable Fuel Standard Reform Act of 2015." A HUGE thank you for taking action! With bi-partisan support from 46 co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives, this bill will effectively remove the government mandate for higher blends of corn-based ethanol fuels (E10 and up) and allow for investment in other, more compatible biofuels.

    Today I am asking you for more help. Senators Diane Feinstein and Pat Toomey introduced S. 577, the "Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2015" which also helps ensure that we will continue to have safe fuels for our marine engines. Please click here to ask your Senators to become co-sponsors and supporters of this bill.


    APBA Member #: 110
    Boat #: R2
    Classes: CSerR, CSerH, CRacR, CRacH
    Region 10