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The economic—and environmental—case for natural gas

gasoline prices  crude oil  gasoline blends  gasoline taxes  consumers 

Jessica  Lutz

Jessica Lutz
Posted May 31, 2018

In a recently released report, the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development digs into the factors that have made the U.S. energy dominance possible, and – specifically – the role of natural gas in energy dominance. 

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Gasoline Prices and Perspective

gasoline prices  crude oil  gasoline blends  gasoline taxes  consumers 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 24, 2018

Let’s add some needed perspective in the ongoing discussion of U.S. gasoline prices – even as Washington politicians try to exploit them for their own agendas. The latest political play: Senate Democrats want the president to cajole other nations into producing more oil to increase supply in hopes of moderating things at the pump.

Certainly, increasing global crude supply is important, because in the past doing so has put downward pressure on the cost of crude, the No. 1 factor driving gasoline prices.

But, since we’ve seen how much lower and less volatile prices have been the past four years, thanks to the growth of U.S. oil production, wouldn’t it be smarter to encourage greater oil production here at home? Senate Energy Committee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski

thinks so.

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Don't Force-Feed E15 into the Marketplace

congress  coordinating research council  domestic energy  e10  e15  energy policy  environmental protection agency  epa  ethanol  fuel blends  gasoline  gasoline blends  over regulation 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 24, 2010

Here is a prime example of what can happen when Congress and the administration tamper with the free market system to impose their will on the American public. Simply put, their meddling can create major headaches for consumers. 

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New Program Supports Biofuels

biofuels  congress  e15  energy policy  environmental protection agency  epa  ethanol  fuel blends  gasoline blends 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 21, 2010

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new multi-million dollar program to promote the production of and demand for biofuels. His announcement came on the heels of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) approval of E15, a fuel blend containing up to 15 percent ethanol.

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E15: Politics or Science?

biofuels  domestic energy  e10  e15  energy policy  environmental protection agency  epa  ethanol  fuel  fuel blends  gasoline  gasoline blends  ethanol in gasoline  growth energy 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted September 23, 2010

Here's a classic case of putting the cart before the horse, or in this case approving a new fuel before it's adequately tested. 

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Why the Rush to E15?

air quality  biofuels  clean air act  domestic energy  energy policy  environmental protection agency  epa  ethanol  ethanol in gasoline  fuel  fuel blends  gasoline  gasoline blends  rhetoric vs reality 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted September 1, 2010

Why is the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in such a hurry to grant a waiver allowing E15 to be sold in the marketplace?

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E15: Not Ready for Prime Time

e15  emissions  environmental protection agency  epa  ethanol  fuel blends  gasoline blends  vehicle emissions 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted March 16, 2010

If you fill up your own gasoline tank, you've probably seen the signs on gasoline pumps that read: "This product may contain up to 10 percent ethanol."

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The E15 Debate

air quality  domestic energy  e15  energy policy  environmental protection agency  epa  ethanol  fuel  gasoline  gasoline blends 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 30, 2009

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering whether to increase the percentage of ethanol than can be placed in gasoline. At present, ethanol blends of up to 10 percent are permissible, and studies are underway to determine whether more ethanol can be added without causing harm to vehicles, fuel dispensing equipment and air quality. 

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