Seeking to eliminate ethanol mandate

Published on March 2nd, 2015

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) reports that US Senators Dianne Feinstein and Pat Toomey introduced the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2015 on February 26, eliminating only the corn ethanol mandate portion of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). While the bill does not specifically cap E10, which the boating industry supports, passage would gut the main driver of higher ethanol, corn.

NMMA considers the RFS is a broken law which sets unrealistic fuel mandates and requires a long term fix from Congress. The recreational boating community as a whole knows first-hand the problems associated with the RFS. This damage hurts manufacturers during a time of important economic recovery and places the burden of unnecessary risks upon the shoulders of American consumers.

This bill by Feinstein and Toomey is in addition to Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s Renewable Fuel Standard Elimination Act (H.R. 1461) and the Renewable Fuel Standard Reform Act (H.R. 1462). A strong bicameral approach to RFS reform has emerged, pointing towards what NMMA hopes will be Congressional action this year.

Source: NMMA

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