FEDERAL GAS RULE COULD HURT TOURISTS, FARMERS
A rule reducing the amount of gas available to those traveling in Michigan during the summer road trip season has the Michigan Corn Growers Association (MCGA) and Sen. Joe Hune, chairman of the Michigan Senate Agriculture Committee, calling on the federal government to end the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) rule. The rule eliminates the sale of fuel with a 15 percent blend of ethanol during the summer.
Without an end to the RVP rule; the MCGA feels Michigan farmers, tourists and travelers face a future of unknowns.
The MCGA says that in addition to restricting fuel choice and raising the gas prices, shutting down the seasonal sale of higher-level blends of ethanol – including E15 – minimizes the use of biofuels and hurts the economy by causing a reduction in ethanol production from Michigan corn.
“Michigan corn growers strongly support the use of homegrown biofuels in our state and across the country,” said Jim Zook, executive director of the Michigan Corn Growers Association. “Our farmers are proud to help produce a cleaner, lower cost fuel that increases consumer choices at the pump. We appreciate the White House making this a priority and urge regulators to work quickly to lift limits on higher levels blends of ethanol like E15.”
Michigan’s economy is dependent on both tourism and agriculture, making the need for year-round sale of E15 critical to the success of many communities statewide. “Michigan farmers are facing lower incomes because of outdated policies that pick winner and losers,” said Hune.
The RVP rule was set to go into effect June 1.