Motorcyclists Ride to Capitol Hill to Raise Awareness of Ethanol Engine Damage

June 18, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is hosting100 motorcyclists  on Wednesday, June 19, for the AMA “E15 Fuel for Thought Lobby Day” to help educate lawmakers about the need to research the possible harmful effects of E15 fuel on motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle engines.

The lobby day will begin with a motorcycle ride around the U.S. Capitol, followed by a rally, according to an AMA press release. Participants will then visit their congressional delegations’ offices to ask for support for legislation that calls for new E15 research into the effects on motorcycles and ATVs.

The National Chicken Council and other meat or poultry associations are supporting the motorcyclists’ cause.

“AMA’s voice joins the growing chorus of those speaking out against the harmful effects and real-life implications of our government mandated ethanol policies,” said NCC President Mike Brown.  “Lawmakers are now hearing from motorcyclists, poultry, livestock and dairy producers, food manufacturers, restaurants, environmentalists, anti-hunger groups, free marketers, boaters, specialty and small engine manufacturers, taxpayer groups and consumers, who are all demanding change to the current U.S. biofuels policy.”

Speaking at the rally will be AMA Chair Maggie McNally, Reps. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.), Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) Chris Stewart (R-Utah), Tom Petri (R-Wis.) and David Valadao (R-Calif.).

Supporters of the lobby day include EagleRider of Falls Church, Va.; Coleman PowerSports of Falls Church, Va., and Woodbridge, Va.; the National Turkey Federation; National Chicken Council; National Pork Producers Council; American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers; Specialty Equipment Market Association; and the Antique Automobile Club of America.


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