[ABATE Local 6 Elist] IMPORTANT CALL TO ACTION -- HR 875 -- STOP THE SALE OF E15

Nancy Nemecek nemecek at san.rr.com
Mon Sep 9 13:46:57 PET 2013


At a meeting this year the group o.k.'d my passing on US Defender Calls to
Action.  This one is VERY important.  Please read the whole message (yes it
is a bit long) and respond by writing your legislator.  In San Diego County
you should either be represented by Scott Peters or Susan Davis.  There is a
link under "This is What You Can Do" to help you find your legislator and
get to the appropriate page to send an email.  

 

I did all this as a test and then sent the message (cut and paste) to my
representative Scott Peters.  Took a few minutes only and I added a few
words of my own, but that is not required.  Please read the message and do
it.  Your motorcycle depends on it!

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at
<mailto:nemecek at san.rr.com> nemecek at san.rr.com or call me at 858-569-7370.
Let's get active!

 

Nancy

 

From: Sandra Lubbers [mailto:tlubes at dslextreme.com] 
Sent: Saturday, September 07, 2013 9:03 AM
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: CALL TO ACTION -- HR 875 -- STOP THE SALE OF E15

 

The following CTA is being sent to you on behalf of MT, So Cal COC Unit
Commander, US Defenders 

__________________________________________________

US Defenders,

WE must get in front of this issue before it is too late. You have all heard
us talking about it coming our way, well it is here and in our face!
Please read the following press release issued by the Motorcycle Riders
Foundation (MRF) --

We provided a lot of info, so please bear with us and take the time to read
it in its entirety and then follow the instructions at the bottom of this
email to respond to the CALL TO ACTION.

==================================================



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 5 September, 2013


Feds to Motorcyclists: Pump E-15 into your bike and go to jail.

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) reports that according to the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) using ethanol blends of 15% ethanol in
any vehicle that is not a passenger vehicle will be in direct violation of
Federal law. The EPA has issued a list of possible plans to mitigate
mis-fueling issues with the recently approved E-15 ethanol blends. Prior to
E-15, the highest blend allowed for mass consumption was E-10. The MRF has
been informing the EPA that the higher blend will be forced upon
motorcyclists because of the remaining fuel in the hose from the previous
customer. The EPA then said that a 4 four-gallon minimum purchase would be
required by everyone. That was rolled back and an EPA document specifically
mentions the work of the motorcycle rights organizations in the overturn of
the mandatory minimum.

>From the EPA: "However, groups representing motorcycle owners and lawn mower
manufacturers objected to this configuration because their products have gas
tanks that are normally two gallons or smaller. In response to these
concerns, Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) developed and proposed a new
configuration for EPA approval that retail stations may use as an
alternative to the currently approved configurations."

The solutions provided by the EPA is to label the pumps with attention
getting labels that you are about to pump E-15 into your vehicle. Or
purchase new blender pumps that only carry about .3 gallons or have a new
pump with a dedicated E-15 hose. The first solution won't work and the
second two solutions are too expensive.

In another recent EPA document on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) the EPA
states: "The EPA will propose to use flexibilities in the RFS statute to
reduce both the advanced bio fuel and total renewable volumes in the
forthcoming 2014 RFS volume requirement proposal."

The EPA also maintains that while ethanol will be the dominating renewable
fuel, the marketplace for them is shrinking fast.

In a recent Wall Street Journal piece the author, US Representative Patrick
Meehan, pointed out that the EPA's position on the RFS was weak; "refusing
to take action this year is a far too tepid response to this crisis. Next
year may be too late." said Representative. Meehan.

In order to stop the onslaught of higher ethanol blends, please support this
important piece of legislation. HR 875 is a bill that would stop the sale of
E-15 and includes a study on the actual effects on the power train of your
vehicles.

=========================================

THIS IS WHAT YOU CAN DO!

Call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 <tel:%28202%29%20224-3121>
and ask to speak to your member of Congress and ask that they support this
important legislation.

OR -- send an email to your representative by following a few simple steps:

1.      Click on the following link:
http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

2.      Type in your zip code

3.      Click on the email logo ""  located under your representative's name

4.      Fill in your name and address

5.      Cut and paste the following message

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) using ethanol blends
of 15% ethanol in any vehicle that is not a passenger vehicle will be in
direct violation of Federal law. The EPA has issued a list of possible plans
to mitigate mis-fueling issues with the recently approved E-15 ethanol
blends. Prior to E-15, the highest blend allowed for mass consumption was
E-10. The EPA has stated that a 4 four-gallon minimum purchase would be
required by everyone; this would force a higher blend upon motorcyclists
because of the remaining fuel in the hose from the previous customer. That
was rolled back although the EPA later stated, "However, groups representing
motorcycle owners and lawn mower manufacturers objected to this
configuration because their products have gas tanks that are normally two
gallons or smaller. In response to these concerns, Renewable Fuel Standard
(RFS) developed and proposed a new configuration for EPA approval that
retail stations may use as an alternative to the currently approved
configurations."

The solutions provided by the EPA is to label the pumps with attention
getting labels that you are about to pump E-15 into your vehicle. Or
purchase new blender pumps that only carry about .3 gallons or have a new
pump with a dedicated E-15 hose. The first solution won't work and the
second two solutions are too expensive.

The EPA has also maintained that while ethanol will be the dominating
renewable fuel, the marketplace for them is shrinking fast.

HR 875, authored by US Representative Patrick Meehan would stop the sale of
E-15.   I respectfully urge your support of HR 875.

===================================================

 

That's it -- easy speasy -- I just did it and it honestly only took me a few
minutes to send off an email.

 

Respectfully,

 

PITA
 ______________________

California US Defenders

tlubes at dslextreme.com

 

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