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No Award for Bad Laws - RFS Edition

ethanol  renewable fuel standard  e15  e85  blend wall 

Bob Greco

Bob Greco
Posted August 19, 2013

If you didn't see last week's USA Today editorial calling for repeal of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), it's certainly worth reading. The editorial's key points:

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Energy Today – August 16, 2013

ethanol  rfs34  marcellus  north dakota 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted August 16, 2013

USA Today – Our View: Ethanol Quotas Pump Money from Your Pocket

USA Today’s editorial says that the increasing ethanol mandate is “bad public policy” that the “Obama administration has some flexibility to lower mandates, but a better approach would be to repeal the law entirely.”

City Journal – The View from Marcellus

Hydraulic fracturing “brings breathtaking economic and environmental benefits – at least to places that welcome it,” writes James Panero. He also notes that in 2000, shale produced only 2 percent of our domestic oil and natural gas supply. According to government studies, 50 percent now comes from shale and unconventional sources. 

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Energy Today – August 15, 2013

Environment  rfs34  ethanol  fuels  taxes 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted August 15, 2013

Say Anything Blog Despite Record Production, State Oil Regulator Says Tax & Regulatory Uncertainty Hurting Investment

North Dakota blogger Rob Port comments on concerns voiced by the state’s mineral resources director: “It’s always been a hard sell to the public at large that North Dakota’s oil boom – the goose laying the golden eggs – isn’t a given. To ensure the boom is something more than a boom-and-bust, the state should be looking at simplifying the tax code.”

The Hill’s Energy & Environment Blog – EPA’s McCarthy: Responsible Natural Gas Production Key to Climate Strategy

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, speaking in Colorado: “Responsible development of natural gas is an important part of our work to curb climate change and support a robust clean energy market at home.”

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Off Target: EPA and Its Inflexible Ethanol Mandates

eia  epa  ethanol  renewable fuel standard  regulation 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 15, 2013

Interesting “Today in Energy” post from the able folks at the U.S. Energy Information Administration, recapping EPA’s final 2013 renewable fuels target volumes that were announced last week. No question, EIA is as intrigued as the rest of us by EPA’s mandates and their effect on fuels markets.

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Energy Today – August 14, 2013

keystone xl  ethanol  rfs34  renewable  jobs 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted August 14, 2013

National Journal Infograph: Field of Pipes

NJ’s Amy Harder writes that “as Washington fights, pipes meant for Keystone XL collect dust.” The graphic provides perspective: More than 200 miles of pipe worth $200 million sitting  in Gascoyne, N.D. waiting on approval of the 1,700-mile pipeline from Alberta, Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

AEI Ideas Carpe Diem Blog– U.S. Oil Output Increased to 24-Year High in Just Two Years

Blogger Mark J. Perry notes a Department of Energy report that found U.S. oil output averaged 7.57 million barrels per day – the highest domestic crude oil output since 1989, and more than 22 percent higher than the same week last year. Perry: “That’s pretty amazing – thanks to advances in drilling technologies, it’s as if we’ve discovered all of Brazil’s vast energy resources right here in America.” 

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Energy Today – August 13, 2013

oil sands  rfs34  ethanol  emissions 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted August 13, 2013

Bloomberg News– Canada's Oil Sands Industry Using CO2 to Grow Algae, Reduce Emissions

In an effort to  curb carbon emissions, Canadian energy companies have started converting CO2 into products – taking carbon dioxide from processing oil sands, mixing it with wastewater and fed to algae, which then can be turned into cattle feed and other products.

Washington Times – China Will Surpass U.S. in Oil Imports

According to EIA data, China will take over the top spot from the U.S. as the world’s largest importer of crude oil by October, the newspaper reports. This shift in the global oil market – the first time the U.S. will not be the top importer or oil since the 1970s – “could transform geopolitics” as the U.S. shale surge continues.  

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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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