16 CFR Part 306; Automotive Fuel Ratings, Certification and Posting; Project No. R811005
I personally own an expensive motorcycle that has been damaged by the introduction of ethanol into our motor vehicle fuel. As a member of the American Motorcyclist Association and other riding groups, I am writing to express my concerns about the Federal Trade Commission's proposed rule to provide requirements for rating and certifying ethanol blends and requirements for labeling blends of more than 10 percent ethanol. This rule is for an additional label to be placed on the fuel pump "in response to the emergence of ethanol blends as a retail fuel and the likely increased availability of such blends." The only possible reason I can imagine for such an inadequate response to the facts that ethanol is damaging our vehicles is similar to the problem that currently exists in almost all other areas of our government, and that is that someone in the EPA or FTC has benefited or will benefit financially, politically, or both from lobbyists for organizations that will profit from putting more ethanol in our fuel. This is just one more reason that most Americans have completely lost faith in our democracy, and the problem just seems to be getting worse.