Boaters Tell Congress: Ethanol is Best

Kelly MarshallCorn, Ethanol, Government

ethanolCertified mechanics, engine performance experts, and professional fishermen spoke to members of Congress this week to explain the importance of ethanol in protecting the environment.   Fuels America hosted the briefing in an effort to dispel myths and promote full implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard.

“I want to take my grandkids fishing someday. That means having clean water and clean air. Mixing ethanol into our fuel is the best way to reduce the pollutants that fossil fuels leave behind, so our lakes and rivers stay clean and marine life can flourish,” said Brian Sowers, Co-Host of Crappie Masters TV.

The Clinton, Missouri-based Crappie Masters tournament trail is sponsored in part by the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council. A major initiative of this partnership is to educate boaters and consumers on ethanol production, its performance in boat motors, and its impact on the economy. Most of the 12 million recreational boats in the United States are approved to operate on fuel blended with 10 percent ethanol (E10).

Its worth noting that all of the winners of the Crappie Masters tournament have used an ethanol blend in their tanks.  Watercraft run best on a high-ethanol blend, says Keith Holmes, the President and owner of CK Motorsports.  An ethanol blend has also led to a longer lifespan for many engine parts– from 25 to 50 percent longer.

“Whether you farm, fish, swim, or ride a boat, everyone who spends time on the water cares about clean water and clean air. Ethanol is the best way to preserve these resources today and for future generations,” said Beth Elliott, NCGA Director of Public Policy. “Today’s briefing was an opportunity for us to educate lawmakers on ethanol and its performance in maritime engines, while continuing to highlight that it’s a renewable, clean energy source for both boats and cars.”