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11NR28 - MRF News Release - EPA UNDER SCRUTINY CONCERNING E15 – CALL TO ACTION! 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
20 October 2011

Contact:Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Ralations and Public Affairs

EPA UNDER SCRUTINY CONCERNING E15 – CALL TO ACTION! 

Congressman James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) has introduced HR 3199, a bill that would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to seek independent scientific analysis on the affects of 15-percent ethanol blend gasoline. 

The bill would not overturn the option for ethanol to continue to be sold, it simply asks for more study on the use of an E15 blend; something the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) has been asking for as well. 

"The EPA's decision to allow E15 into the marketplace will impact every American who owns a car, lawnmower, or boat.  Automakers insist that using E15 will void warranties, lower fuel efficiency, and cause premature engine failure. In off-road engines, the effects can even be dangerous for users," Sensenbrenner said. 

"There are serious concerns that the EPA used only one Department of Energy test and rushed E15's introduction into the marketplace. This test was limited in scope and ignored a plethora of evidence – albeit inconvenient evidence for the EPA – that shows E15 gasoline has a negative effect on engines.” 

Sensenbrenner is very serious about this issue. He conducted his own study by questioning 14 automakers about the effect of an E15 blend on their products. The unanimous consent was grim. Everybody agreed that E15 would void warranties, damage engines and lower fuel efficiency.  

The MRF requests that you contact your Representative in the United States House of Representatives and ask them to cosponsor HR 3199, the Sensenbrenner EPA E15 study bill.  

NTSB WANTS MEDIAN IMPROVEMENTS 

A recently released set of recommendations by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) includes one that specifically addresses cable barriers.  The NTSB asks that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) work with the States to define the criteria regarding where cable barriers are placed, and to research the safety risks associated with cable barriers.  

HOUSTON, WE DON’T HAVE A PROBLEM ANY MORE . . .  

You can’t make this stuff up.  Rickey D. Holtsclaw, a Houston, Texas police officer for almost thirty-two years, was recently forced to retire because of his insistence on enforcing ordinances restricting obnoxious motorcycle noise.  Officer Holtsclaw faced pressure within the Houston police department and from pro-noise motorcyclists to stop enforcing the law.  Officer Holtsclaw received little or no support from elected officials in Houston. 

Holtsclaw decided to start issuing tickets to what he perceived as “loud motorcycles”. After a few months of writing tickets caught the attention of his commanding Patrol Sergeant who ordered him to cease issuing those kinds of tickets. He explained that the law is so vague that it is unenforceable. However, Holtsclaw broke orders and continued on his mission to silence Houston. 

According to Holtsclaw it was the upper levels of the Houston Police Department, Mayor Annise Parker, Houston's City Council, and Houston's Legal Department that forced him into retirement.  

Enjoy your freedom while it lasts Houston, because you know for every one like this guy there is another around the corner just waiting.   

The MRF does not advocate for breaking of any law. We do, however, oppose blatant motorcyclist discrimination like this.

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