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Cleaner Fuels for Cleaner Air

air quality  fuels  environmental expenditures  investments  gasoline  diesel  technology innovation  refineries 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 5, 2015

To a large degree, cleaner air in the United States results from innovations and improvements in transportation fuels over the past four decades. This is important, because the freedom to travel has been ingrained in the American psyche since the days when waves of westward migration began spanning the continent.

Today, Americans are used to free and independent movement, with the average person traveling more than 13,600 miles a year, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Meanwhile, Americans’ modern lifestyles depend on freight haulers that deliver commercial goods to the places where they live. The 4 million miles of highways and roads that make up a large portion of the U.S. transportation network serve as the country’s arterial system – and energy makes it go. Refineries supply more than 130 billion gallons of gasoline and 60 billion gallons of diesel a year to power trucks, barges, ships and trains connecting consumers with consumable goods.

The oil and natural gas industry is meeting the challenge of fueling America’s transportation needs while advancing air quality goals that benefit all Americans – by investing in cleaner, safer fuels and next-generation technologies for the future.

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Cap-and-Trade Impacts on California Consumers

regulation  greenhouse gases  california  diesel  gasoline 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 23, 2014

On Jan. 1, California is scheduled to include gasoline, diesel and propane in its three-year-old, first-in-the-nation program that requires companies to buy carbon permits to cover their emissions of greenhouse gases. Yet a new report warns that design flaws in the cap-and-trade program could negatively impact markets that serve consumers.

Authored by Jean-Philippe Brisson, a carbon markets expert with the Latham and Watkins law firm in New York, the report commissioned by the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) cautions that design flaws “can result – and have resulted – in catastrophic implications for environmental markets around the globe.”

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More Voices in the RFS Debate

diesel  ethanol  gasoline  renewable fuel standard 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 26, 2013

The biofuels/ethanol debate has moved over to National Journal’s Energy Experts Blog, with this week’s posts addressing whether the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that mandates biofuel use should be left alone, amended or repealed. Some of what others are saying:


Bernard Weinstein – associate director of SMU’s Maguire Energy Institute:

“The biofuels mandate has done little or nothing to enhance America’s energy independence or security. Oil imports have dropped dramatically over the past five years, from 60 percent of consumption to around 35 percent; but the credit goes to the shale revolution that has greatly boosted domestic production. What’s more, the potential contribution of ethanol to the energy mix has been oversold. Processing the entire U.S. corn crop into ethanol would yield energy equal to just 12 percent of gasoline consumption. … But the most pressing reason for repealing the ethanol mandate is that refiners must blend a larger quantity every year. … Consequently, refiners are up against a “blend wall” as the mandate forces them to purchase more ethanol than they can safely put into gasoline.”

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Ethanol and Storage Tank Corrosion

diesel  diesel fuel  ethanol  gasoline  ethanol contamination  rfa  renewable fuels association  ethanol lobby 

Bob Greco

Bob Greco
Posted September 14, 2012

A recent study suggested ethanol might be the source of corrosion in underground tanks used to store ultra low sulfur diesel fuel. Battelle, which conducted the study, checked a number of hypotheses, weighed the data and evidence and came to a conclusion pointing to ethanol

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Taxes at the Pump

crude oil  diesel fuel  energy prices  gas prices  gasoline  prices  taxes  excite taxes  gasoline taxes 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted January 14, 2011

The nationwide average price of gasoline remained steady at $3.095 a gallon yesterday, according to AAA. As we've reported here many times, the cost of crude oil is the largest factor in the price of gasoline, but excise taxes also account for a large percentage of the pump price.

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The Price of Fuel and Ill-Conceived Policies

crude oil  department of the interior  diesel  diesel fuel  domestic energy  energy policy  fuel  fuel prices  gas prices  gasoline  gasoline prices  gulf of mexico  moratorium  offshore drilling moratorium  oil demand  prices  ulsd  ultra-low sulfur diesel 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 30, 2010

Gasoline prices rose to their highest level in the past two years yesterday. According to AAA, the average price of gasoline climbed one penny Dec. 29 to $3.071 per gallon. This is the highest level since October 15, 2008, when the average price of gasoline reached $3.084. 

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Higher Oil Demand Signals Economic Recovery

crude oil  diesel  distribution  domestic energy  fuel  gasoline  oil demand  refineries  ulsd  diesel vehicles  fuel demand  ultra-low sulfer diesel 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 17, 2010

"Stronger fuel demand tells us a recovery is underway." Those are the words of API's Chief Economist John Felmy today, describing the good news in API's Monthly Statistical Report for November. The report shows that U.S. petroleum deliveries (a measure of demand) climbed 6.5 percent last month over November 2009. The increase was the largest year-to-year increase for any month in 2010. 

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Energy Tomorrow Radio: Episode - 122 A Milestone for ULSD Fuel

air quality  diesel  emissions  energy policy  environmental protection agency  fuel  gasoline  refinery  ulsd  vehicle  highway travel  oil industry tax rate  truck  ultra low sulfur diesel 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 23, 2010

In today's episode, I interview Patrick Kelly, API's policy advisor for downstream fuels issues, about the completion of the transition from low sulfur diesel to Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) fuel for highway travel.

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Thanksgiving Travel and Fuel Prices

aaa  diesel  diesel fuel  domestic energy  fuel  gas prices  gasoline  gasoline taxes  prices  travel  thanksgiving 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 22, 2010

Nearly 42.2 million travelers are expected to hit the roads or take airplanes during the Thanksgiving holiday. According to AAA, that's an increase of 11.4 percent over last year. 

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