WASHINGTON — This morning, the American Petroleum Institute (API) debuted yet another brazenly flawed ad meant to do nothing more than scare and misinform Americans in the name of protecting Big Oil’s profits.
Bob Dinneen, President and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), fired back:
“As API well knows, 10 percent ethanol blended fuels are approved for all marine engines. But in light of API’s misleading advertisement that debuted today, I feel compelled to remind API it would be illegal to use E15 in those engines, and thus higher renewable fuel options pose no risk to boaters. What is a risk to boaters, indeed to all marine life, is the oil slick now clogging the Houston channel, reminding us all of the ecological disaster that occurred in Valdez 25 years ago today and serving as a poignant reminder of the importance of promoting clean renewable fuels like ethanol.”
Marine engine manufacturers Honda, Kawasaki, Mercury Marine, OMC (Johnson/Evinrude), Pleasurecraft, Tigershark (Artco), Tracker and Yamaha have for decades allowed the use of ethanol fuels in their products. In fact, the National Boat Racing Association (NBRA) proudly boasts of having broken speed records racing on E10. The bottom line is that ethanol is the oxygenate of choice in water-recreation areas across the country because of its clean air and clean water benefits.
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