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John Stewart

Legislation Introduced in U.S. Senate to Prevent Sale of E15 Gasoline

Legislation (S. 344) has been introduced in the U.S. Senate to prohibit the introduction of gasoline containing over 10% ethanol into the marketplace. Over a year ago, the EPA raised the amount of ethanol permitted in gasoline from 10% (E10) to 15% (E15) and the fuel may soon appear at a gas station near you.

We Urge You to Contact Your U.S. Senators to Request Their Support for S. 344

  • Ethanol increases water formation that can then create formic acid and corrode metals, plastics and rubber.  Older cars and certain high performance specialty parts are not constructed with corrosion-resistant materials or able to tolerate the higher temperatures at which E15 may burn.
  • The EPA made it “illegal” to put E15 in pre-2001 vehicles.  However, the EPA is willing to risk destruction of the vehicle/parts by relying solely on a gas pump label cautioning motorists not to misfuel their older vehicles.  The EPA estimates that there are over 70 million such vehicles in harm’s way, along with millions more boats, lawnmowers and other gas-powered engine products.
  • Auto enthusiasts have complained for years about damage caused by E10, which is now in over 90% of gas sold in the U.S.  Ethanol has time to damage the engine, fuel line, fuel tank and exhaust systems when classic cars are infrequently driven and increases the risk of corrosion by 50 percent.

S. 344 would prevent the sale of E15 and therefore protect automotive enthusiasts from the negative effects of increased ethanol content in gasoline.   
DON’T DELAY!  Contact your Senators immediately by phone or e-mail to request their support of S. 344.  To identify your U.S. Senators, click here: http://semasan.com/lookup.asp?g=semaga

Please e-mail a copy of your e-mail to Dan Sadowski at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow car enthusiasts.

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John Stewart

BRC's Del Albright Selected To Join 2013 "Team BFGoodrich"

MOKELUMNE HILL, CA (February 19) -- Del Albright, BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) Ambassador, was honored with membership in the elite, 20-member "Team BFGoodrich," sponsored by BFGoodrich® (BFG). We at BRC are very exited by Del's selection, and we look forward to seeing what this means for recreational access.

Asked about BFG and Team Goodrich, Del Albright told us, "BFG is a long time member and supporter of BRC, as well as the founder of the Outstanding Trails Program, which provides grants to recreational trails such as the famous Rubicon Trail. As a member of Team BFG, I will help promote and enrourage that program, working hard to keep OHV trails funded and open."

BFG's Outstanding Trails program was established in 2006 to raise awareness for responsible use and preservation of off-road trails while providing support in the trails’ conservation efforts.  Through 2011, the Outstanding Trails program has recognized 27 off-road trails and 27 clubs across 16 states and two trails in Canada.  The program has provided more than $100,000 in grants in support of the various trails conservation efforts. Visit BFG's website for more details.

Below is the original announcement from BFGoodrich®:

BFGOODRICH® TIRES ANNOUNCES 2013 TEAM BFGOODRICH

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 19, 2013) - Recently, BFGoodrich® Tires announced its 20-member lineup for its 2013 Team BFGoodrich roster.

Created in 2008, Team BFGoodrich comprises an elite group of motorsports superstars, key industry partners, market influencers and enthusiasts who all share the BFGoodrich Tires passion for driving and for everything on four wheels.

This diverse group of auto enthusiasts represents various aspects of the automotive industry, including on- and off-road racing, rock crawling, custom car building and engineering. Working together, Team BFGoodrich members will bring their experience and enthusiasm to the brand while BFGoodrich Tires continues to advance its product line to help further improve their driving performance.

"BFGoodrich Tires has once again brought together the top individuals in a variety of racing and custom automotive disciplines to be part of our 2013 Team BFGoodrich," said Duane Thomas, brand communications manager at BFGoodrich Tires. "We are excited to bring in some new members and continue our relationship with many others. We anticipate a great year working with these team members and bringing success to our collective brands."

The members of 2013 Team BFGoodrich:

Andrew Caddell - TORC
Andrew Comrie-Picard - Rally America
Andy McMillin - SCORE
Brad Lovell - TORC
Brian Finch - Founder - American Street Car Series/Owner Hot Rod Transformations
Bryce Menzies - SCORE, TORC
Bud Brutsman - BCII Productions
Carl Nadeau -  Drifting
Dan McKeever - Miller Performance Driving
Daniel McMillin - SCORE
David Higgins - Rally America, X Games
Del Albright - Blue Ribbon Coalition
John Williams  - Miller Motorsports Park
Kyle Tucker - Detroit Speed
Lonny Childress - Gateway Classic Mustangs
Rob MacCachren - SCORE, TORC, LOORRS
Rich Minga - Wide Open Excursions
Rod Hall - Rod Hall Racing
Roger Lovell - TORC
Terry Earwood - Skip Barber Racing School
Team BFGoodrich members and BFGoodrich Tires support each other through a variety of initiatives, including media outreach, advertising and event presence. For an updated list of the motorsport events and activities in which Team BFGoodrich members will be participating, visit the BFGoodrich Tires website at www.bfgoodrichtires.com or its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bfgoodrichtires.

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BRC press release and more on BRC here: http://www.sharetrails.org/story/2013/02/19/brcs-del-albright-selected-join-2013-team-bfgoodrich

About BFGoodrich
Using motorsports as a proving ground for more than 40 years, BFGoodrich(r) Tires is involved in every type of racing, including sports car, drag, desert, dirt, rally and extreme rock crawling. BFGoodrich Tires combines technological expertise with vast motorsports experience, delivering a high-performance tire for every type of vehicle. Visit BFGoodrich Tires at www.BFGoodrichTires.com, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/BFGoodrichTires or on Twitter at @BFGoodrichTires.

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John Stewart

ARRA Washington Newsletter - Feb 2013

In This Issue...

  • Secretary Salazar Prepares to Leave Washington
  • House Resources Committee
  • National Monument Areas
  • Johnson Valley Petition to the White House
  • Sequestration
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Cal4Wheel

Planning rule meetings for Sequoia NF in February

The Sequoia National Forest is one of three national forests in the Pacific Southwest Region of the Forest Service to begin the process of revising its 1988 Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan), implementing the new 2012 National Forest System Planning Rule. The Planning Rule directs that Forest Plans will be science-based and developed collaboratively with stakeholders who are interested in the management of national forests.

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Cal4Wheel

Sierra National Forest to hold public meetings on planning rule

In February 2012, USDA Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell selected the Sierra National Forest (SNF) as one of the first national forests to revise its Forest Plan using the new Forest Service planning rule. Since that time SNF has started work on a Forest Assessment designed to gather existing relevant information on current forest conditions and trends, to evaluate their sustainability, and to identify the need to change the existing plan by the end of 2013. SNF has also developed a Collaboration and Communication Plan to provide clear, consistent, and easily implementable guidance for Forest staff to involve the interested public, California Native American Tribes, public agencies and elected officials in the Forest Plan revision process.

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