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    Thumbs down More Ethanol! Please send your message

    NMMA needs your help today to prevent EPA from increasing the amount of ethanol allowed in gasoline. Please take a moment to read this alert and take action.
    On March 6, 2009, a new pro-ethanol lobbying organization called Growth Energy and 54 ethanol manufacturers formally requested that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) increase ethanol blend levels in gasoline up to 15 percent (E15). As is required by law, EPA on April 21 published a Notice for Comment in the Federal Register, beginning a 30-day public comment period that closes on May 21, 2009.

    Ethanol Advocates are mobilizing their forces to submit 20,000 favorable comments to EPA requesting that the Agency grant a waiver for E15.

    Let's beat them at their own game. There are 18 million boats currently in operation in the U.S., and none of them has been designed, certified or warrantied to run on anything above E10, the current maximum legal blend level. Boaters know very well that increased ethanol blends will cause performance problems with their boats and engines, increase maintenance costs, potentially pose safety risks and increase air pollution.

    And yet, neither EPA nor any other federal agency has done a single test on the impacts of E15 on marine engines, fuel systems, or components. Marine engines and fuel systems are not designed, calibrated or certified to run on anything above 10 percent ethanol. We ask you to support a science first approach and urge EPA to deny the ethanol industry's E15 waiver request unless and until independent and comprehensive scientific testing is completed on a full range of marine engines and other products.


    For more information, contact NMMA Legislative Director Mat Dunn at [email protected]; (202) 737-9760.

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    Mine too. Send the link to all your friends.
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    For me and from my wife.

    These ethanol requirements and governmental grants for it are nothing short of DISASTERS in all it's facets, this for boating and more absurdly for the environment if analyzed properly.

    Just plain terrible legislation.

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    Not to me mention all the crying out for cars to get better gas mileage, cars get better mileage out of pure gas then they do on e85 & the likes

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    This is madness! In addition to the affinity to water that Ethanol has, consider this:

    Gasoline is a saturated hydrocarbon, with a fixed amount of energy, in each gallon.

    Regular gasoline has an energy density of 44.8 MJ/kg or 125,000 BTU/Gal

    Ethanol has an energy density or 31.1 MJ/kg or 84,600 BTH/Gal

    energy density = amount of energy stored (available) in a given volume or given mass

    MJ = megajoule
    kg = kilogram

    Do the math

    Pure Ethanol consumption in an engine is approximately 51% higher than for gasoline since the energy per unit volume of ethanol is 34% lower than for gasoline.

    In a ‘pump gas’ mix of up to 10% Ethanol. The energy density is approximately 120,960 BTH/Gal, that’s 3% less energy than a gallon of non-entahnol gasoline, and you need 4% more to get the same amount of energy.

    The bottom line, you need to burn 4% more of a ‘pump gas’ mix of up to 10% Ethanol, to get the same amount of energy, or move your car or boat, the same distance, at the same speed.
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