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    *** Senate Energy Bill S. 517 ***

    Don't know if this has been covered here yet, but as a trailer boater and occasional amatuer racecar driver and hauler this bothers me:

    NEWS From BoatU.S.
    Boat Owners Association of The United States
    880 S. Pickett St., Alexandria, VA 22304
    News Room at

    March 11, 2002

    Senate Measure Threatens Towing Vehicles

    Millions of boaters and anglers who depend upon pickup trucks, sport utility
    vehicles and minivans to tow their vessels to the nation's waterways may end up
    with their boats high and dry if the current version of an energy bill now in
    the U.S. Senate is approved.

    A comprehensive energy bill being debated in the Senate, S. 517, would mandate
    a significant increase in the fuel economy standards for all passenger cars,
    vans and trucks by combining them into one class of vehicle. The so-called
    Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) rating for all vehicles less than 10,000
    lbs. would be raised to 35 miles per gallon by 2013. There are currently two
    standards, 27.5 mpg for cars and 20.7 mpg for "light trucks" which includes
    pickup trucks less than 8,500 lbs., minivans and sport utility vehicles (SUVs).

    Automakers maintain that such a standard for all vehicles will force them to
    drastically down-size American cars and trucks to reach the 35 mpg target. The
    Bush Administration is strongly opposed to S. 517.

    "The existing CAFE standards are one of the reasons there are now so few
    automobiles even capable of towing a boat," notes BoatU.S. founder Richard
    Schwartz, whose 530,000-member association is the largest organization of
    recreational boat owners in the country. "While we certainly must work to
    decrease our dependence on foreign oil and reduce emissions, we shouldn't have
    to use a brush so broad that it effectively prohibits millions of American
    anglers and boaters from trailering their bass boats to their favorite fishing
    spot on the weekends," he added.

    An alternative measure offered by Sens. "Kit" Bond (R-MO) and Carl Levin (D-MI)
    would return the setting of new CAFE standards to the National Highway Traffic
    Safety Administration (NHTSA) and order the agency to draw up new standards for
    separate categories of cars and trucks by a specified date. Another alternative
    would be to create a separate standard for towing vehicles used for recreation
    or agriculture that would be exempt from the overall standards.

    BoatU.S. is urging all trailer boaters to contact their own senators as soon as
    possible and express their opposition to S. 517. At least 80% of America's 13
    million boats are trailerable.

    To find your own senator, go to
    For more background on the CAFE issue go to

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    A couple of years ago, Boating Industry International ran a story that stated "Canada is suing the State of California for its ban on MTBE." I wonder what ever happened with that?

    I guess if the government is capable of banning two-cycle engines, they are capable of anything. I'd watch this one, although I don't think it will pass given the current state of the economy.

    Thanks for posting the links. I hope everyone here has the foresight to use them.

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