Hawaii Bill to Eliminate Ethanol Requirement in Gasoline to be Considered by Committee on Tuesday February 24 2015

 

Legislation (S.B. 717) to remove the requirement that gasoline offered for sale in the state contain a percentage of ethanol will be considered by the Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee on Tuesday, February 24, 2015.  Currently, the state requires that “gasoline sold in the State for use in motor vehicles contain ten percent ethanol by volume.”

If You Have Not Done So Already, We Urge You to Contact Members of the Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee (List Below) Immediately to Request Support for S.B. 717

  • S.B. 717 recognizes that the requirement of blending ethanol into Hawaii’s gasoline does not produce any economic benefit for the state and that the import of ethanol creates an economic burden for state residents.
     
  • S.B. 717 recognizes that ethanol increases water formation which can then create formic acid and corrode metals, plastics and rubber, especially over a period of time when the vehicle is not used.  Current high performance specialty parts along with pre-model year 2001 cars and parts may be most susceptible to corrosion.
     
  • S.B. 717 recognizes that the life span of vehicles and equipment can be dramatically reduced with the wrong fuel and that owners could be confronted with break downs. Anti-corrosion additives are available for each purchase of gasoline but can become expensive, burdensome and require consumer education.

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee members to request support for S.B. 717.  Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.  Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow car enthusiasts.  Urge them to join the SAN and help defend the hobby! Thank you for your assistance. 

Hawaii Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee

 
To e-mail all Committee members, copy and paste the email address block below:
 
 
Senator Rosalyn Baker (Chair)
Phone: 808-586-6070
 
Senator Brian Taniguchi (Vice-Chair)
Phone: 808-586-6460
 
Senator Gilbert Kahele          
Phone: 808-586-6760
 
Senator Michelle N. Kidani
Phone: 808-586-7100
 
Senator Clarence K. Nishihara           
Phone: 808-586-6970
 
Senator Sam Slom
Phone: 808-586-8420
 
Senator Glenn Wakai
Phone: 808-586-8585
 
  

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