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Cheers and Jeers - Reality and the EPA

Refining  regulation  epa  renewable fuel standard  ethanol 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 7, 2013

Now for a change of pace: Kudos to EPA for deciding to give the oil and natural gas industry more time to install emissions controls on storage tanks.

Phasing in the deadline for controls on volatile organic compounds emitted by storage tanks – through April 2015 instead of the original deadline about two months from now – is encouraging because it recognizes industry’s willingness to make its operations cleaner under realistic and fair regulation, while also suggesting the agency can be responsive to industry’s reasonable points of view (more below).

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EPA Proves Inflexible on RFS Mandates

renewable fuel standard  ethanol  regulation  blend wall 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 6, 2013

Missed opportunity. Recognizing growing concern in Congress that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), with its ever-increasing mandates for ethanol use, is broken, EPA whiffed on Tuesday, with announced 2013 standards for renewable fuel use. Here’s how:

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Protect Your Engines From the RFS

e15  renewable fuel standard  ethanol  regulation 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 6, 2013

There’s a new website to help your voice be heard on something very personal to virtually every American: the health and well-being of their personal vehicle – many of them threatened by E15 gasoline that EPA approved to meet arbitrary ethanol mandates under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

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"The Mortar is Nearly Set"

ethanol  blend wall  renewable fuel standard  rfs34  gasoline  fuels 

Bob Greco

Bob Greco
Posted July 30, 2013

The Energy Policy Research Foundation, Inc. (EPRINC) released a study last week highlighting the consequences of exceeding the blendwall:

“The current regulatory regime, if not reformed in some substantial manner, will likely spike gasoline prices in 2014, as federal mandates take the U.S. gasoline pool significantly above 10 percent ethanol by volume.”

The risk mentioned here isn’t coming as a surprise. We’ve described the potential consequences of the RFS and highlighted the real costs of the program here, here, and here. EPRINC’s study brings all of these problems into focus, underscoring the immediate consequences that could face consumers in 2014.

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Cumulative Facts on the Renewable Fuel Standard

renewable fuel standard  rfs34  rfa  ethanol  oil  fuel 

Bob Greco

Bob Greco
Posted July 26, 2013

Earlier we took a look at claims by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) that ethanol production was “a particularly important catalyst” and “major driver” of declines in finished motor gasoline imports (Spoiler Alert: No).  Today, continuing the Sisyphean task of correcting false narratives put forth by the RFA, let’s look at the notion that ethanol is leading the way in providing energy security.  RFA’s statement in a House hearing this week:

In fact, cumulative new ethanol production since 2005 has accounted for 62% of new domestically-produced liquid fuels, while cumulative new U.S. crude oil production has accounted for 38%.

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Hearing the Facts on the Renewable Fuel Standard

ethanol  renewable fuel standard  rfs34  Energy 101  regulations  rfa 

Bob Greco

Bob Greco
Posted July 25, 2013

Over two days this week the Energy and Power Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee heard concerns from scientists, poultry producers, automakers, drivers, restaurant owners, tool makers, store owners, environmentalists and the oil and natural gas industry about problems with E15 and/or the current Renewable Fuel Standard.  Leading the charge the other way was the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) with a simple message: our product is so great; the government should continue to force people to buy it.

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Energy Today – July 24, 2013

ethanol  renewable fuel standard  rfs34  hydraulic fracturing  regulations  alaska  anwr 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted July 24, 2013

National Journal – Ethanol Mandates  Starting to Worry Some Senate Democrats

NJ’s Amy Harder reports that ethanol requirements in the Renewable Fuel Standard are generating pressure on some Democratic senators.  “Mid-Atlantic lawmakers, in particular, are hearing from the poultry industry, which is concerned about rising feedstock prices, and from oil refineries, which are facing increased costs for blending ethanol with gasoline,” writes Harder.

PennLive.comHydraulic Fracturing is Well Regulated

In a letter to the editor, the executive director of the Associated Petroleum Industries of Pennsylvania counters claims by anti-hydraulic fracturing groups and individuals.  “In reality, hydraulic fracturing is rigorously regulated by state agencies and federal laws overseeing oil and natural gas development,” writes Stephanie Wissman. “In addition, strict standards are developed by the oil and natural gas industry in collaboration with specialists who best understand the unique geology and hydrology of their communities.” 

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Hearing the Facts on E15

Refining  blend wall  ethanol  renewable fuel standard 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted July 24, 2013

AAA President and CEO Robert L. Darbelnet, at this week’s House hearing on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and its mandates for ever-increasing use of ethanol in America’s fuel supply:

“Ethanol blended fuels have the potential to provide drivers with a welcome choice at the pump, which supports American jobs, promotes American energy independence and can save Americans money. In order to realize these benefits, it is imperative that increased ethanol blends — or any new fuels — are only brought to market when consumers have been clearly informed and protected. The introduction of E15 gasoline to consumers has failed to meet this obligation.”

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Energy Today – July 9, 2013

Energy 101  Environment  fracking  hydraulic fracturing  renewable fuel standard  rfs34  ethanol 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted July 9, 2013

New York Post – Fracking Phobia Fails Yet Again

In a guest post, National Review Online’s Rich Lowry takes issue with a new film’s claims that the EPA is a “tool of the oil and natural gas industry.” It never occurs to anti-fracking crusaders that perhaps the evidence doesn’t back up the anti-fracking hysteria, he writes.

Omaha.com – Ethanol Critics Rev Up Efforts to Repeal RFS Mandate

The news magazine highlights the debate over the Renewable Fuel Standard, which will be the subject of an  upcoming House hearing. “There will be a push in our committee by some, Republicans and Democrats, to do away with the RFS, saying that it's just completely unnecessary today," said Rep. Lee Terry.

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The RFS: Reality 1, Rhetoric 0

Energy 101  gasoline  imports  renewable fuel standard  rfs34  ethanol 

Bob Greco

Bob Greco
Posted June 28, 2013

There is a classic xkcd cartoon where a one of the characters says they can’t come to bed because “Someone is wrong on the internet.”  Though the options for who exactly that someone was are almost unlimited, statistically there is a good chance the character was referring to Bob Dinneen.  Witness this tweet:

Ehthanol Bog

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