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E15 Study Bill Passes House
A Bill was proposed by Rep. James
Sensenbrenner requiring a compre-
hensive appraisal and evaluation of
the technical and scientific research
available on fuel containing more than
10% ethanol.
“I am pleased that the committee
voted to put science before politics.
When it comes to a decision of this
magnitude that would impact every
American who owns a car, boat, or
lawnmower we must base our deci-
sions on sound science, not political
expediency,” Sensenbrenner said in a
Sensenbrenner added “The admini-
stration has fast-tracked E15 without
considering that increasing the per-
centage of ethanol in our gasoline will
cause premature engine failure, lower
fuel efficiency and void vehicle war-
ranties. In small engines, E15 is
downright dangerous, and the EPA
has no credible plan to stop misfuel-
ing. If ethanol is going to be the ‘fuel
of the future,’ then there should be no
problem conducting independent,
comprehensive scientific analysis of
its effect on American drivers.”
Thirty-one organizations offered sup-
port for the bill, including the
The bill passed the committee by a
vote of 19-7.
Soundings Trade Only Today
February 10, 2012
Boat US Asks:
If Not Ethanol,
Why Not Butanol?
With its ability to attract moisture and
clog fuel filters, it's no wonder Amer-
ica's boaters have not been thrilled
in gasoline, which today
is most commonly found as a 10%
blend and known as E10 at the gas
pump. America's desire for renewable
fuels is growing, but recent Depart-
ment of Energy tests on boat engines
showed that increasing the amount of
ethanol to 15% doesn't work for
boats. While higher ethanol content
has been approved by the EPA for
2001 and newer cars and light trucks,
E15 is not legal to use in boats and
other gas-powered equipment.
suggests that
butanol, an alcohol with a characteris-
tic banana-like odor typically made
from corn and beet byproducts, may
be an answer.
Unlike ethanol, butanol is less corro-
sive, doesn't attract moisture which
can cause harmful
phase separation
of the fuel, and can be mixed in ahead
of time and shipped through existing
pipelines. It has a higher energy value
(110,000 Btu per gallon versus etha-
nol's 84,000 Btu), and is safer be-
cause its flammability is similar to die-
sel fuel. So why aren't America's boat-
ers, motorists and gas-powered tool
and toy owners using butanol?
"Part of the answer is how the stuff is,
or was, made," wrote
editor and damage
avoidance expert Bob Adriance. He
says, "Back in the 1980's when the
government was looking at biofuels,
the cost to produce butanol was much
higher than ethanol. Congress also
gave ethanol a head start 30 years
ago with a subsidy to produce it from
corn. However, the subsidy is now
expired and new technologies have
made the costs to produce both fuels
similar, although butanol is ultimately
far less expensive to produce in terms
of the amount of energy delivered per
"With its new cost competitiveness
and energy advantages, butanol could
be a biofuel that boaters embrace,"
said Adriance. "However, we need to
find out more about any potential long
-term effects, and would need to over-
come the not-too-
insignificant reality of
ethanol's financial
and political momen-
tum in the market today."
from Boat/US
February 6, 2012
Five On-the-Water Boat
Towboat Captains
Honored for Heroism
With over 600 tow boats spread
across North America, the law of a
erages dictates that, eventually, Bo
US towing captains will be thrust in
the middle of life-threatening emer-
recently honored five of its Tow-
BoatUS captains for their heroic ac
tions with its annual Boat/US "Woo
Pollack Lifesaving Awards" at a cer
mony that capped off the group's a
nual conference held in Tampa FL.
The award is named after the well-
respected towboat captain in the fl
who died at an early age.
"Sometimes the routine of normal d
is interrupted by a life-threatening
mayday call or an incident that un-
folds in front of them, and our cap-
tains step in without hesitation," sai
Boat/US Vice President of Towing
Services Jerry Cardarelli. "They ar
not in the rescue business, but thei
actions save others. We are very
proud of them."
US Coast Guard chief of search an
rescue, Captain David McBride, wh
Boat/US also honored at the cere-
mony for his years of selfless and
dedicated service to the nation's bo
ers, presented the awards on behal
of Boat/US. Here are the details on
the incidents:
One late, blustery summer night las
year in July, Captain Kevin Freesto
of TowBoatUS Big Pine Key, FL, re
sponded to a mayday call from a 2
foot vessel
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