When you don’t like something, you do what you can to change it. In Florida this year, the ethanol combination in fuel came to an end because people stood up and spoke out about the damage it can cause to engines. Now, that same message is being taken up by congressional leaders and industry leaders. The “Fuel For Thought” Rally is being headed by the American Motorcycle Association in partnership with the SEMA Action Network in an effort to raise the awareness of the corrosive effects Ethanol can have on a motor.
The Renewable Fuel Standard mandated a mixture of ethanol in fuel and instead of alerting people of the dangers ethanol can cause, the EPA put a warning label at the pump as a sort of, “read the fine print.” Older vehicles are especially susceptible to corrosion and damage because they were not made to intake ethanol fuel.
This especially has an impact on vintage vehicles and members of the Antique Automobile Club of America were at the U.S. Capitol letting Congress know their message while they drove around in their cars.
“For over 75 years, AACA has fostered the growth and development of this American pastime by bringing together thousands of car enthusiasts and their collector vehicles to honor the past and our shared history,” said AACA President Tom Cox. “Now, due to a shortsighted government mandate, these vintage vehicles are at risk due to ethanol. On behalf of AACA and the SAN, I encourage Congress to amend the RFS mandates and conduct further research on the damaging effects of ethanol fuel. The future of our older antique vehicles depends on it.”
The SEMA Action Network has played a big role in stopping the ethanol fuel mixture in the state of Florida and it continues to let its voice be heard so that mandate can end for good.
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Here is a list of past SAN stories we have covered:
Florida Bill Eliminates Ethanol Requirements
California Bill S.B. 459
Maryland Bills H.B. 977 and S.B. 39
North Carolina S.B. 344