Agricultural Act that ends subsidy for the purchase and installation of ethanol
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The
Agricultural Act of 2014 signed into law by President Barack Obama today
contains a provision that helps deter distribution of E15 fuels into the U.S.
The American Motorcyclist Association considers this farm-bill provision a
major victory for the owners and riders of the estimated 22 million motorcycles
and all-terrain vehicles currently in operation.
Those vehicles could be damaged by the use of E15 fuel, a gasoline formulation
that contains up to 15 percent ethanol by volume. Also, use of E15 can void
owners' vehicle warranties.
The Agricultural Act of 2014, which extends through 2018, prohibits the use of
Rural Energy for America Program grant money to purchase and install ethanol
blender pumps to dispense E15 at the retail level. Agriculture Secretary Tom
Vilsack intended to use REAP funding to install 10,000 blender pumps by 2016.
"It is gratifying to see our efforts on behalf of U.S. motorcyclists and
ATV riders achieve this level of success," said Wayne Allard, AMA vice
president for government relations. "We plan to continue to monitor the
E15 issue, including the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to reduce
the 2014 requirements under its Renewable Fuel Standard."
The AMA has worked since 2011 to prevent the distribution of E15 fuels, seeking
independent scientific tests on their effect on motorcycle and all-terrain
vehicle engines and fuel systems. After the introduction of E15 into the
marketplace, the AMA fought its spread, because of concerns about inadvertent
misfueling at blender pumps.
Although the EPA has approved E15 use in 2001-and-newer light-duty vehicles,
which include cars, light-duty trucks and medium-duty passenger vehicles, the
EPA has not approved its use in any motorcycles or ATVs.
More information on the AMA's position on E15 may be found at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/rights/amafuelforthought.aspx.
About the American
Founded in 1924, the AMA is
a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the
motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world's
largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA
advocates for riders' interests at all levels of government and sanctions
thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also
provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members.
Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the
heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com.