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The Ethanol-Gasoline Cost Gap

e85  ethanol  renewable fuel standard  gasoline costs 

Bob Greco

Bob Greco
Posted May 14, 2013

Ethanol advocates often assert that ethanol costs less per gallon than gasoline while trying to justify the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).  While it’s true that on a gallon-to-gallon basis ethanol historically has been cheaper than gasoline, ethanol contains far less energy than gasoline and therefore has cost consumers more to travel the same distance, as I pointed out (here, here and here).  Look at the graphics below, produced by EPA and the Energy Department: The real costs to consumers, measured in fuel economy, has been significant.

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ETR 128 More Taxes Mean Less Revenue

domestic energy  dual capacity  energy policy  government revenue  intangible drilling costs  section 199  taxes  president obama 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted March 15, 2011

In today's episode, I interview Brian Johnson, API's senior tax policy advisor, about the potential impact of the administration's energy tax proposals on the economy, U.S. jobs, and government revenues. 

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Voters Reject Energy Taxes

congress  domestic energy  energy information administration  energy policy  energy taxes  intangible drilling costs  taxes  manufacturing tax deduction 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 30, 2010

American voters understand that higher taxes are the wrong prescription for domestic oil and natural gas development. In an election-night poll conducted by Harris Interactive and commissioned by API, 60 percent of voters opposed a tax increase on the oil and natural gas industry, and 54 percent said an increase could destroy jobs. 

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Mark Levin: They Are Tax Deductions, Not Subsidies

domestic energy  energy policy  intangible drilling costs  obama administration  tax deductions  taxes 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted February 2, 2010

Whenever someone in government makes a major announcement, pay close attention to the words used and don't take them at face value. Here's a case-in-point: Yesterday, White House Budget Director Peter Orszag said the president's proposed budget would "eliminate fossil fuel subsidies." 

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