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The RFS is Broken

Energy 101  ethanol  renewable fuel standard  renewables  e85  e15 gas blend  e15  rfs34 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted June 27, 2013

Important testimony at a House hearing yesterday from U.S. Energy Information Administration chief Adam Sieminski on flaws in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), including its mandates for increasing ethanol use.

Sieminski, who heads the government agency charged with counting and quantifying energy of all sources, testified before the House Energy and Commerce’s subcommittee on energy and power, basically saying the current RFS is broken:

·         “The RFS program is not projected to come close to achievement of the legislated target that calls for 36 billion gallons of renewable motor fuels use by 2022.

·         Substantially increased use of biofuels can only occur if they can be used in forms other than the low-percentage blends of ethanol and biodiesel that account for nearly all of their current use.

·         The implicit premise that cellulosic and other advanced biofuels would be available in significant quantities at reasonable costs within 5 to 10 years following adoption of the 2007 RFS targets has not been borne out.”

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Energy Today – June 14, 2013

Economy  exports  hydraulic fracturing  innovation  jobs  lng  natural gas  renewables  technology 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted June 14, 2013

Fuel Fix BlogReport: Renewables, Natural Gas Should Work Together On the Grid

According to a new report by the Texas Clean Energy Coalition, natural gas and renewables “have a strong complimentary relationship” that is beneficial for providing the energy Americans need every day.

Today in EnergyU.S. Crude Oil Production Could Reach 10M Barrels Per Day By 2040

EIA projects that thanks in large part to increased tight oil production – shale development – domestic production could continue to expand to 10 million barrels per day or higher by 2040.

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Domestic Oil Production Growth and Lower Net Imports

ethanol  imports  oil  renewables  rfs34 

Bob Greco

Bob Greco
Posted April 30, 2013

Imports of crude oil have decreased significantly over the past four years as the U.S. has become more self-reliant in meeting its energy needs domestically. In fact, as the graph below shows, from the beginning of 2008 through the end of 2012 net U.S. oil imports have declined by more than 1.3 million barrels per day (bpd) while domestic production has increased by almost 1.5 million bpd. In short, the increase in domestic production accounts for all of the reduction in imports and then some.

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About Ethanol – Just The Facts, Please

ethanol  renewables  renewable fuel standard 

Bob Greco

Bob Greco
Posted March 22, 2013

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has been circulating a video titled “40 Facts about Ethanol.”  The first items demonstrate the growth in ethanol production over the past few decades:

  • 1982 – A handful of small ethanol plants produce 350 million gallons of ethanol
  • 1992 – 39 ethanol plants produce 985 million gallons
  • 2002 – 66 ethanol plants in operation, producing 2.14 billion gallons
  • 2012 – 211 ethanol plants produce 13.3 billion gallons

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Oil and Natural Gas Industry Earnings in Perspective

alternative energy  domestic energy  earnings  energy  energy policy  energy taxes  government revenue  renewable energy  renewables 

Rayola Dougher

Rayola Dougher
Posted January 31, 2011

Over the next couple of weeks, oil and natural gas companies will be releasing their fourth quarter and 2010 year-end performance reports.

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Chevron's willyoujoinus Provides Outlet for Energy Discussion

alternative energy  alternatives  chevron  clean energy  domestic energy  energy  energy citizens  energy iq  energy policy  fossil fuels  green energy  renewable energy  renewables  solar  wind  alternative fuel 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 8, 2010

On this blog, we strive to provide an informative, timely and fair discussion about a variety of energy-related topics. In the spirit of those ideals, I recently came across another energy discussion forum on Chevron's website--willyoujoinus.com. 

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Making Clean Energy 'Profitable' - At Whose Expense?

alternative energy  domestic energy  energy legislation  energy policy  energy reality  fossil fuels  ghg emissions  green energy  obama  renewable energy  renewables  rhetoric vs reality  climate bill  climate legislation  energy and climate legislation 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 30, 2010

Members of the U.S. Senate met with President Obama at the White House Tuesday to discuss next steps for energy and climate legislation. In a statement, the White House called the meeting "constructive" and released information about the president's comments: 

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An All-of-the-Above Energy Approach

domestic energy  energy policy  energy reality  fossil fuels  renewables 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted March 9, 2010

Today's debate over energy policy is often defined as an either/or proposition: Either the nation embraces and invests in renewables, or it continues to rely on fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas. 

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