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E15: Food For Thought

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted June 20, 2013

Motorcyclists and antique car enthusiasts rallied at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, pressing their call that there be independent testing of the effects of E15 fuel in motorcycles and all-terrain vehicle engines before E15 can be sold at retail gasoline stations.

AMA concerned over e15

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is concerned about the potential for inadvertent misfueling with E15 and engine damage that could result. Members of the Antique Automobile Club of America also participated, concerned about the effects of E15 on classic cars. The “E15: Food for Thought” rally included a ride around the Capitol and visits to the offices of individual members of Congress. AMA Board Chairman Maggie McNally:

"When you have a type of fuel that, if inadvertently used, has the potential to damage engines and fuel systems and void a manufacturer's new-vehicle warranty, you really should move with caution when it comes to putting that fuel in the marketplace. Issuing rules that allow the sale of E15 at gas stations without adequate testing to be sure it's safe in motorcycles and ATVs, not to mention engines in boats and power equipment, just isn't wise. We're here today to deliver that message to our legislators, so that the right safeguards can be put in place."

American Motorcyclist Association

More on the rally on AMA’s website.

Former U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard, AMA’s vice president for government relations, said although ethanol supporters say that using E15 in motorcycles and ATVs is illegal, that’s irrelevant to the group’s main concern:

"Telling motorcyclists that E15 use is illegal completely misses the point, because motorcyclists don't want to use it in the first place unless independent testing confirms it is safe. One of our concerns has always been that we might unintentionally put E15 in our tanks, due to confusing implementation of the EPA's misfueling mitigation plan."

AMA rally


Mark Green joined API after a career in newspaper journalism, including 16 years as national editorial writer for The Oklahoman in the paper’s Washington bureau. Mark also was a reporter, copy editor and sports editor. He earned his journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma and master’s in journalism and public affairs from American University. He and his wife Pamela live in Occoquan, Va., where they enjoy their four grandchildren.