Arctic Cat fighting against snowmobile ban

Arctic Cat fighting against snowmobile ban

Post by MM36 » Fri, 26 May 2000 04:00:00


Arctic Cat President and CEO Asks U.S. Lawmakers
to Legislate Against Ban on Snowmobiles in National
Parks

WASHINGTON, D.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 25, 2000--Arctic Cat Inc. President and
CEO Chris Twomey testified
today in U.S. House and Senate oversight hearings that the U.S. Interior
Department launched a snowmobiling ban in national
parks with ``unwarranted condemnation'' of the entire industry. Twomey called
the ban ``unjustified and misguided,'' and said
department officials have ignored proactive and productive efforts by
manufacturers to reduce noise and emissions levels.

Twomey represented snowmobile manufacturers in hearings before the House
Subcommittee on National Parks and Public
Lands, and the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

``Assistant Secretary (Donald) Barry says our industry has had many years to
clean up its act and has not done so,'' Twomey
told lawmakers. ``This is simply not true, and he knows it. Building on years
of research by manufacturers, great progress is
being made toward significantly improving the environmental performance of
snowmobiles.''

Twomey, chairman of the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association
(ISMA), asked for legislation preventing further
Interior Department action to ban snowmobiles until the Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) issues national snowmobile
emissions standards expected later this year. He also suggested the Interior
Department should work with the industry to
develop and implement a two-year snowmobile management plan to pursue and
achieve its stated environmental goals.

Twomey said the snowmobile industry has offered its cooperation and support to
the Interior Department regarding emissions
and many other issues. Manufacturers have also worked with the EPA since 1995
to develop national snowmobile emissions
standards similar to regulations now in effect for personal watercraft. The
cooperative relationship established with the EPA, he
said, stands in stark contrast to the Interior Department ultimatum and the
threat of ``irreparable damage from unilateral
government action.''

``Let me say very clearly that (manufacturers) are confident we can satisfy any
reasonable national emissions standards issued
by the EPA within an agreed phase-in period, just as these same companies met
the reasonable standards for personal
watercraft. We did it then, and we will do it again,'' said Twomey.

Arctic Cat has already developed a new-concept snowmobile powered by a
four-stroke, electronic fuel injected engine that is
significantly cleaner and quieter than traditional two-stroke products. The
company made the new technology available to
Yellowstone National Park personnel for testing last winter. Limited production
this year will provide 50 four-stroke
snowmobiles to a dealer that rents snowmobiles for public use in Yellowstone.

Twomey concluded by pointing out that the arbitrary reversal of decades-old
policy allowing snowmobiling in national parks
affects not only snowmobile manufacturers and dealers, but hundreds of
communities where snowmobiling is the backbone of
local economies during winter months. Arctic Cat Inc. designs, engineers,
manufactures and markets snowmobiles and
all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) under the Arctic Cat brand name, as well as related
parts, garments and accessories.

 
 
 

Arctic Cat fighting against snowmobile ban

Post by Jeff » Fri, 26 May 2000 04:00:00

Thanks for putting that up for us....


Fingers crossed for a good outcome.

Jeff B    Up in Maine

 
 
 

Arctic Cat fighting against snowmobile ban

Post by evansz.. » Sun, 28 May 2000 04:00:00

are any of the others helping (anyone know) could change my mind on
next purchase. i like my dealer so that helps but they only sell
polaris and doo. always liked cat wish we had more dealers like jackman
hardware they sell em all . sold me my old 94 fz hope to buy new next
year. first year in first house ouch. sorry for the babbling on
later          jeff in NH



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> Thanks for putting that up for us....


> Fingers crossed for a good outcome.

> Jeff B    Up in Maine

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Arctic Cat fighting against snowmobile ban

Post by SXR3 » Thu, 01 Jun 2000 04:00:00

  Of course all the other manufacturers are involved in fighting this ban,
Twomey is the chairman of ISMA, therefore he was representing the other
manufacturers.
  The four snowmobile manufacturers  gathered prior to Twomey testifying to
discussed a plan to fight this ban. Everyone is equally involved in the fight
as much as they are equally effected by the ban.

Quote:
>are any of the others helping (anyone know) could change my mind on
>next purchase. i like my dealer so that helps but they only sell
>polaris and doo. always liked cat wish we had more dealers like jackman
>hardware they sell em all . sold me my old 94 fz hope to buy new next
>year. first year in first house ouch. sorry for the babbling on
>later          jeff in NH


>> Fingers crossed for a good outcome.

>> Jeff B    Up in Maine

 
 
 

Arctic Cat fighting against snowmobile ban

Post by Matt Jense » Thu, 01 Jun 2000 04:00:00

Actually, my impression is that they have not all been "equally"
involved.  From what I have read it sounds like their anti-ban
activities apparently rank as follows:

1. Arctic Cat
2. Polaris
3. Ski-Doo
4. Yamaha

Notice...it makes sense because it appears that the more important
snowmobiles are to the bottom line, the more active the company (Arctic
Cat couldn't survive without snowmobiles; Yamaha probably wouldn't have
much of a problem doing so.)

It seems that Yamaha has remained relatively "on the fence" WRT this
issue.  Except for their ISMA membership, of course.  I haven't even
seen a press release against the ban from them.  Of course I could've
just missed it--that wouldn't surprise me.  But if they have released
one, they were the last of the big 4.  I think Polaris and Arctic Cat
released theirs on the same day, followed closely (like a day or two
later) by Bombardier.

Of course it probably would make sense that AC and Polaris are a little
more active since they are the only ones based in the US.  They have
more "pull" with the lawmakers here.

Quote:

>   Of course all the other manufacturers are involved in fighting this ban,
> Twomey is the chairman of ISMA, therefore he was representing the other
> manufacturers.
>   The four snowmobile manufacturers  gathered prior to Twomey testifying to
> discussed a plan to fight this ban. Everyone is equally involved in the fight
> as much as they are equally effected by the ban.

> >are any of the others helping (anyone know) could change my mind on
> >next purchase. i like my dealer so that helps but they only sell
> >polaris and doo. always liked cat wish we had more dealers like jackman
> >hardware they sell em all . sold me my old 94 fz hope to buy new next
> >year. first year in first house ouch. sorry for the babbling on
> >later          jeff in NH


> >> Fingers crossed for a good outcome.

> >> Jeff B    Up in Maine

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