American Motorcyclist Association calls for overhaul of failed Renewable Fuel Standard

Plea comes during National Renewable Fuel Standard ‘Day of Action’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 8, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The federal government’s Renewable Fuel Standard is a failed strategy that must be completely reconsidered and restructured, Wayne Allard, vice president of government relations for the American Motorcyclist Association, said Wednesday.

Allard’s remarks came during the National Renewable Fuel Standard “Day of Action,” organized to urge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to maintain its proposed 2014 renewable volume obligation and for Congress to take up legislative reform that would permanently address the problems inherent in the current RFS.

“The RFS is not working for Americans who breathe air, eat food, ride motorcycles, drive cars or mow their lawns. And, the action you’ll see around the U.S. today is emblematic of the wide-reaching support that exists for RFS reform. It’s time to readdress this flawed policy,” said Allard, a former U.S. senator from Colorado.

Motorcyclists, environmentalists, farmers, and business leaders lobbied the EPA and key members of Congress before gathering for a press conference.

Their message: America’s engines, environment and food supply are endangered by the production, distribution and use of ethanol.

The AMA opposes E15 fuel (15 percent ethanol by volume) because inadvertent misfueling can cause engine and fuel system failure to the estimated 22 million motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles currently in use and can void manufacturers’ warranties.

“Groups from every corner of the country are here in Washington today for one reason: to demand action on the ethanol mandates that are impacting so many sectors of our economy,” Allard said.

U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) has offered a number of potential solutions, including the “RFS Reform Act of 2013” (H.R. 1462).

“We urge other members of Congress to join Rep. Goodlatte in reforming this uniquely flawed policy,” Allard said.

Others participating in the event included U.S. Reps. Jim Costa (D-Calif.) and Steve Womack (R-Ark.); Justin Oldfield, of the California Cattlemen’s Association; Ron O’Connor, of the HeartLands Conservancy of Illinois; and Paul Navarro, of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The AMA has repeatedly expressed concerns to government officials and federal lawmakers about possible damage to motorcycle and ATV engines caused by the inadvertent use of E15. For more information, visit:
www.americanmotorcyclist.com/rights/amafuelforthought.aspx.

About the American Motorcyclist Association

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.

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