Hawaii Proposes Elimination of Ethanol Requirement in Gasoline


Hawaii Proposes Elimination of Ethanol Requirement in Gasoline

Legislation (S.B. 717) to remove the requirement that gasoline offered for sale in the state contain a percentage of ethanol was introduced in the Hawaii Senate.  Currently, the state requires that “gasoline sold in the State for use in motor vehicles contain ten percent ethanol by volume.” 

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:

senbaker@Capitol.hawaii.gov; sentaniguchi@capitol.hawaii.gov; senkahele@capitol.hawaii.gov; senkidani@capitol.hawaii.gov; sennishihara@capitol.hawaii.gov; senslom@capitol.hawaii.gov; senwakai@capitol.hawaii.gov

Senator Rosalyn Baker (Chair)
Phone: 808-586-6070
Email: senbaker@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Senator Brian Taniguchi (Vice-Chair)
Phone: 808-586-6460
Email: sentaniguchi@capitol.hawaii.gov

Senator Gilbert Kahele          
Phone: 808-586-6760
Email: senkahele@capitol.hawaii.gov

Senator Michelle N. Kidani
Phone: 808-586-7100
Email: senkidani@capitol.hawaii.gov

Senator Clarence K. Nishihara          
Phone: 808-586-6970
Email: sennishihara@capitol.hawaii.gov

Senator Sam Slom
Phone: 808-586-8420
Email: senslom@capitol.hawaii.gov

Senator Glenn Wakai
Phone: 808-586-8585
Email: senwakai@capitol.hawaii.gov