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Phantom Fuels Rise Again

cellulosic ethanol  renewable fuel standard  epa 

Bob Greco

Bob Greco
Posted August 12, 2013

The EPA just can’t seem to deal with reality. Disregarding both experience and evidence, the agency chose to once again mandate a phantom fuel: cellulosic biofuel. Instead of setting fuel requirements at a realistic volume, as directed by Congress and a court order, the EPA ordered the use of 4 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel this year, even though it has yet to be produced in commercial volumes.

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Video: Fuel For Thought on the RFS

renewable fuel standard  ethanol  e15  blend wall 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 12, 2013

Our new ad does a pretty effective job summing up problems with ethanol mandates under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS):

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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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Energy Today – July 29, 2013

ethanol  rfs34  oil  keystone xl  jobs  hydraulic fracturing  natural gas 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted July 29, 2013

Boston Herald – End Ethanol Madness

In an editorial, the Boston Herald notes recent hearings by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the Renewable Fuel Standard. The paper argues that the “mandate should be ended.”

Dallas Business JournalDallas Firm Uses Solar to Power West Texas Oil Rigs

A sign of a true “all-of-the-above” energy policy, one Dallas energy firm is using a solar generator to power oil and natural gas rigs in West Texas.  The system has batteries which can store up to 24 hours worth of power.

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Energy Today – July 26, 2013

ethanol  rfs34  hydraulic fracturing  natural gas  emissions  exports  lng 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted July 26, 2013

Richmond Times-Dispatch – White House Would Tax Away Virginia’s Energy Future

Policy that enables the oil and natural gas industry to produce more would have a far greater impact on state and federal coffers than would any partisan policy that hinders the industry with higher taxes, notes Jack Refuse in a guest opinion piece.  

The HillNo Doubt About It: Ethanol Mandates Hit Food Producers Hard

The president of the National Chicken Council writes about price volatility for chicken farmers due to the Renewable Fuel Standard. "While chicken producers can do their best to absorb high corn prices, the price volatility is dealing a fatal blow to poultry businesses. Dairies have been hard-hit as well; last year, California, one of the nation’s top dairy-producing states, lost 100 farms due to high feed prices and unmanageable production costs."

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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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Energy Today – July 25, 2013

ethanol  rfs34  hydraulic fracturing  natural gas  blend wall  lng  lng exports  keystone xl 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted July 25, 2013

Des Moines Register – Iowa Will Have to Import Corn

With increased ethanol obligations and growing livestock operations needing more feed, Iowa – the nation’s “king of corn production” – will have to import kernels to keep up with demand, an analyst tells the newspaper.

Master Resource - Frac Bounty: All Should Participate

Blogger Paul Driessen highlights the benefits of U.S. shale development  – game-changing technologies that have led to job creation and economic boosts across the country. Driessen got a first-hand look at  hydraulic fracturing drilling  in northern Pennsylvania noting the “signs of pride and prosperity were evident all over Williamsport.” Driessen: We need to frack for a better, cleaner, happier world!”

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