Increased consumption targeted WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Agriculture have released new rules that would increase the nation’s ethanol consumption. The plan calls for increasing the current biofuel mandate of 15 billion gallons a year that must be blended into the country’s fuel supplies. And the plan would ensure that E15 (fuel containing 15 percent ethanol by volume) would be available at existing pumps, negating the need for service stations to install new pumps. The proposal also includes measures to increase the access of ethanol to foreign markets. The AMA opposes increased amounts of ethanol and the widespread availability of E15 because no motorcycles or ATVs currently in use in the United States are certified by the EPA to operate on fuel containing more than 10 percent ethanol. Not only can fuel system and engine damage result, misleading marketing and inconsistent labeling increase the risk of misfueling. Also, dispensing E15 from existing pumps can lead to less E10—fuel which most motorcycles can use—or E0, which is required for older and vintage machines.

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Governor vetoes Carnegie land sale SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill that would have denied the off-highway vehicle community a long-overdue opportunity for additional motorized recreation at the Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area. Assembly Bill 1086, introduced in the last days of the legislative session, was a “gut and amend” bill that used language seen in the failed Senate Bill 767. Both bills would have declared the 3,100-acre Alameda-Tesla Expansion Area to be surplus property, making it available for sale. “Policy objections aside, this latest underhanded, last-minute attempt to rush through this language was a slap in the face to the very stakeholders who would be most affected by the proposal and is the very embodiment of why many constituents don’t trust the legislative process,” said Nick Haris, AMA Western States representative. “It is even more insulting, given that the property in question was specifically acquired using monies from the Off Highway Vehicle Trust Fund more than 20 years ago.” Newsom’s veto message cited a lack of evidence regarding mismanagement of the property. The agency that oversees the property has procedures in place for disposing of unneeded property. Carnegie SVRA has been part of the California

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