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Ethanol Misfueling Danger Laid Bare: Gas Pump Photos “The ethanol industry doesn’t want you to see these photos”

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Can you find the E15 warning label? This pump is located near Cedar Lake, Indiana. (credit: National Marine Manufacturers Association)

President Trump has officially moved to allow E15 (15 percent ethanol) gasoline sales year-round – a fuel prohibited for use in recreational boats and a decision that recreational boating groups say will needlessly put 142 million American boaters at risk. Protecting Boaters at the Gas Pump is a new website with a series of photos of gas station pumps in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin that clearly shows the challenges boaters face with poor ethanol warning labels at the pump, resulting in a greater risk of misfueling.

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The effort is from the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s (NMMA), which was recently shared in “Boating United” campaign that urges recreational boat owners to tweet their members of Congress to stop the expansion of the government-mandated fuel. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) supports the effort and is urging recreational boaters to share the website with friends:

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“The ethanol industry doesn’t want you to see these photos of gas pumps,” said BoatUS Manager of Government Affairs David Kennedy. “The confusion presented to consumers at the pump today is real. Putting the wrong fuel in your boat will likely void your engine’s warranty. We applaud NMMA for clearly showing the misfueling problem.”

E15 is currently banned for sale in many states by the Environmental Protection Agency during summer months over concerns that it contributes to smog on hot days. The push for more ethanol into the nation’s fuel supply is a result of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). When it was passed in 2005, RFS assumed that America’s use of gasoline would continue to grow. Since then, however, gasoline usage has not increased as forecast, which today forces more ethanol into each gallon of gas.

BoatUS has long had concerns over potential consumer misfueling with E15. Most recreational boaters refuel their vessels at roadside gas stations where pump-labeling requirements are minimal with just a small E15 orange warning label. The advocacy, services and safety group for recreational boaters is a member of Smarter Fuel Future, a coalition that aims to reform the RFS.

More on the ongoing Ethanol Conbtroversy

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A survey of recreational boaters' experience with refueling their vessels this past summer shows little love for corn-ethanol fuel blends mandated by the federal ...
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As boaters head into the Labor Day weekend and fill up their boat's gas tank for one last hurrah of the season, a vast majority say they want ethanol-free gas, but  ...
www.coastalboating.net/News/2018/10-2018/...Ethanol/index.html
Since then, however, gasoline usage has not increased as forecast, which today forces more ethanol into each gallon of gas. To keep up with the RFS mandate, ...
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Recreational Boaters' Challenges with Ethanol Fuels. Cool introduction to ... Week in Lake Garda. Boats and Ethanol Fuel: BoatUS Wants to Hear From You ...
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