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Study Finds Negative Impacts of EPA’s Proposed RIN Reform

rfs34  renewable fuel standard  biofuels  fuel 

Jessica  Lutz

Jessica Lutz
Posted February 27, 2019

EPA’s proposal to reform a key component of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) would only worsen the already broken RFS, a new study finds. ­The analysis by Covington & Burling for API affirms that the administration’s proposal to reform the market for Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) under the RFS misdiagnoses the problem with the RINs market and provides misguided and counterproductive changes.

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On Cellulosic Ethanol, Hope Still Outpacing Reality

cellulosic ethanol  consumers  renewable fuel standard  epa 

Dean Foreman

Dean Foreman
Posted December 11, 2018

As debates continue over the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and its ethanol mandates, let’s remember that when the RFS was enacted more than a decade ago it was supposed to jumpstart a commercially viable cellulosic ethanol industry – ethanol made from the leaves, stems and other fibrous parts of a plant.

This has not happened. Far from it. Despite increased mandates under the RFS for cellulosic ethanol, those mandates have dwarfed actual production. The result is a costly proposition for American consumers and an object lesson on what can happen when government tries to use policy to favor a certain technology. Let’s explore the issue.


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EPA Should Protect Consumers From Ethanol Mandate

ethanol  renewable fuel standard  consumers  epa 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 19, 2018

EPA likely will need to take the lead in rescuing U.S. consumers from the potential negative impacts of the federal ethanol mandate, given the shrinking chance that Congress will pass significant reforms to the broken Renewal Fuel Standard (RFS) program.

That’s the view of the natural gas and oil industry, which continues to warn of the possible consumer risks posed by the RFS, which was launched before the shale energy revolution and has been largely made obsolete by surging domestic production.

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New Marine Fuel Regulations and Potential Consumer Impact

fuel  regulation  consumers 

Dean Foreman

Dean Foreman
Posted October 30, 2018

There has been a recent flurry of news about whether the Trump administration will succeed in easing the rollout of new international rules to power commercial ships with environmentally cleaner fuels. 

The main fear is the change of rules could drive up demand and prices for low-sulfur fuels like diesel fuel – and ultimately the costs to consumers and businesses for their motor fuels, transportation, and everything that depends on them.


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Poll: 8 in 10 U.S. Voters Concerned About Latest E15 Push

renewable fuel standard  consumers  e15  ethanol 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 29, 2018

The Trump administration’s plan to push more high ethanol-blended E15 into the nation’s fuel supply doesn’t sit well with U.S. voters – for the consumer reasons we’ve been talking about for months (see here, here and here).

A new national survey of 1,001 registered voters across the country, conducted by Harris Poll, shows bipartisan concern about expanded sales of E15, which contains 50 percent more ethanal than E10 fuel, which is standard in the U.S.

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Both Parties Agree: E15 Hurts Consumers

consumers  renewable fuel standard  e15  ethanol  fuels 

Jessica  Lutz

Jessica Lutz
Posted October 5, 2018

It may seem like there isn’t much “across-the-aisle” agreement in Washington these days, but amid reports the administration wants to facilitate year-round sales of E15 gasoline, a group of 20 Democratic and Republican senators has written to President Trump, criticizing the E15 proposal while urging him to protect consumers and join a meaningful discussion of addressing the broken Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

The rumored regulation, which would expand the sale of E15 by waiving certain Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements related to Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP), is a one-sided approach to addressing RFS-related concerns, the senators wrote, which favors only one industry stakeholder.


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Reconsider a Bad Deal on the RFS

consumers  renewable fuel standard  e15  ethanol  refiners 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 28, 2018

As President Trump has weighed the broken Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and its mandates for ever-increasing ethanol use, he asked EPA for a deal that works for all stakeholders and protects consumers.

Unfortunately, he didn’t get one.

In the current push to facilitate year-round sales of E15 gasoline, which contains 50 percent more ethanol than the E10 fuel that’s standard nationally, EPA is serving up a deal that’s lopsidedly unfavorable to the nation’s refiners and does nothing to protect consumers.

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Dear Mr. President: Protect Consumers From E15's Potential Harms

consumers  renewable fuel standard  e15  ethanol  epa 

Jessica  Lutz

Jessica Lutz
Posted September 27, 2018

With recent reports indicating that the EPA is moving to facilitate the year-round sale of E15 gasoline – which studies have shown could put consumers at risk – API and American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) this week wrote a letter to President Trump urging the administration not to take actions that could negatively impact refiners.

Specifically, EPA is preparing an extension to the one-pound Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver to E15 fuel, coupled with potentially problematic changes to Renewable Identification Number (RIN) market trading. 

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No Laughing Matter: E15 Still Poses Risks for Motorcyclists

consumers  e15  e10  renewable fuel standard  ethanol 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 25, 2018

More than three years ago we posted a blog with a humorous cartoon to highlight the distinctly unfunny risks that E15 gasoline poses for motorcycle-riding Americans. Unfortunately, as debate over ethanol mandates in the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) continues, those concerns remain. They’re heightened by the administration’s plan to facilitate year-round sales of E15, which contains 50 percent more ethanol than E10 fuel that’s standard across the country.

That’s a problem for owners of motorcycles – and also owners of all-terrain vehicles – because using E15 in them can void warranties. 

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E15 and Boaters: Still at Risk of Being Left High and Not So Dry

consumers  e15  ethanol  renewable fuel standard 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 18, 2018

For some time we’ve worked to spread the word about the potential risks to U.S. consumers posed by E15 fuel, which contains 50 percent more ethanol than E10 fuel that’s standard across the country. Now, with the administration thinking about facilitating E15 sales year-round, it’s a good time to revisit some of the specific ways E15 can negatively impact consumers. Such as boat owners.


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