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Bill would cap ethanol in nation's fuel supply

Tell your representative to support H.R. 2540 today

H.R. 2540, the bipartisan Food and Fuel Consumer Protection Act of 2019, introduced by U.S. Reps. Bill Flores (R-TX) and Peter Welch (D-VT), would cap the volume of ethanol blended into the nation's fuel supply at 9.7 percent of the total volume of gasoline. The American Motorcyclist Association supports this bill and other efforts to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard.

This bill would stop the federal government from forcing E15 fuel (15 percent ethanol by volume) into the market. Capping the ethanol mandate helps ensure the availability of safe fuels, such as E10, and a continuing place in the market for ethanol-free gasoline (E0) for older motorcycles.

The AMA, along with other partners on Capitol Hill dedicated to protecting consumers adversely affected by E15, is working to generate more support for this bill and others at a time when E15 is set to become more available throughout the country, thanks to rule changes by the Environmental Protection Agency that allow its sale year round.

None of the estimated 22 million motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles in use in the United States is certified by the EPA to operate on fuel containing more than 10 percent ethanol. Inadvertent use of E15 in vehicles not designed for its use can damage fuel system and engine components and void manufacturer's warranties.

Tell your representative to support H.R. 2540 by sending a prewritten message by clicking the "Take Action" button.

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Tell your representative to support H.R. 2540 by sending a prewritten message by clicking the "Take Action" button.

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Here's the bill's text:

116th CONGRESS
1st Session

H. R. 2540

To alleviate the ethanol blend wall under the renewable fuel program, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 7, 2019

Mr. Flores (for himself, Mr. Welch, Mr. Womack, and Mr. Costa) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To alleviate the ethanol blend wall under the renewable fuel program, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the “Food and Fuel Consumer Protection Act of 2019”.

SEC. 2. ALLEVIATING ETHANOL BLEND WALL.

Section 211(o)(3)(B) of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7545(o)(3)(B)) is amended by inserting at the end the following:

“(iii) LIMITATION.—

“(I) IN GENERAL.—Notwithstanding the volumes specified in paragraph (2)(B), the Administrator shall not determine any renewable fuel obligation for a calendar year under this subsection that would result, directly or indirectly, in the introduction into commerce in the United States of a total volume of ethanol contained in transportation fuel that is greater than 9.70 percent of the total volume of gasoline projected to be sold or introduced into commerce in the United States for such calendar year.

“(II) ESTIMATE.—In implementing subclause (I), the Administrator shall request from the Administrator of the Energy Information Administration, and use without alteration, an estimate, with respect to the following calendar year, of the total volume of gasoline projected to be sold or introduced into commerce in the United States. The Administrator of the Energy Information Administration shall provide such estimate to the Administrator by October 31st each year.

“(III) APPLICABILITY.—The limitation established in subclause (I) shall apply without regard to the available supply of credits generated in a prior year pursuant to paragraph (5).

“(IV) PRESUMPTION.—In implementing subclause (I) for a calendar year, the Administrator shall not exclude commercially available ethanol that is cellulosic biofuel or advanced biofuel.”.

SEC. 3. FAILURE TO MEET DEADLINES.

Section 211(o)(3)(B) of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7545(o)(3)(B)), as amended by section 2, is further amended by adding at the end the following:

“(iv) FAILURE TO MEET DEADLINES.—If the Administrator fails to determine and publish the renewable fuel obligation with respect to the following calendar year in accordance with clauses (i), (ii), and (iii), then the renewable fuel obligation for such year shall be—

“(I) the renewable fuel obligation established for the most recent year for which such obligation was determined and published in the Federal Register in accordance with clause (iii); or

“(II) if no such obligation has been determined and published in accordance with clause (iii), the renewable fuel obligation established for the most recent year which otherwise meets the 9.70 percent limitation in clause (iii).”.

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I would love to see an end to all ethanol blended fuels. The whole scam is nothing more than another form of ag-welfare. 

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Ethanol has been screwing up fuel systems for 40 years.  It also takes more energy to make than what energy it provides.  It is possibly the stupidest federal program ever conceived. 

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