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New Campaign: For RFS Repeal

Refining  ethanol  biofuels  regulation  renewable fuels standard 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted July 15, 2013

API has launched a new ad campaign, “Fuel For Thought,” to let Americans know about the potential harm posed by ethanol mandates under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

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Back to the Facts on E15

rfa  renewable fuels standard  ethanol lobby  ethanol  epa  e15  coordinating research council 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 1, 2013

The ethanol lobby doesn’t like the latest research on E15 – gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol – because it raises questions about EPA’s premature decision to approve E15 for use in post-2001 cars and light-duty trucks. The Coordinating Research Council (CRC) study warns that E15 could damage fuel pumps and onboard fuel measurement systems, potentially affecting millions of vehicles. This follows last year’s CRC finding that E15 could damage car and truck engines.  

Since ethanol producers’ goal is more ethanol use, and an EPA pullback on E15 would get in the way of that goal, attacks on both studies – such as those by the Renewable Fuels Association – aren’t surprising. But let’s be candid: They won’t be around if and when motorists end up on the side of the road with a seized-up fuel pump, damaged by E15 use.

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Domestic Oil Production and the ‘Teachable Moment’

regulations  natural gas  liquid fuels  imports  domestic oil production  access 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 9, 2013

The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Short-Term Energy Outlook released this week contains two important crude oil stats:

  • U.S. domestic production is expected to continue growing rapidly over the next two years, from an average of 6.4 million barrels per day (bbl/d) last year to 7.3 million bbl/d in 2013 and 7.9 million bbl/d in 2014. Much of the production growth will come from drilling in tight plays in the Williston (North Dakota and Montana), Western Gulf and Permian basins (Texas).
  • U.S. liquid fuel imports, including crude oil, are expected to decline to an average of 6 million bbl/d by 2014. EIA says the net import share will average 32 percent in 2014 “because of continued substantial increases in domestic crude oil production.”

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Judging the Cellulosic Mandate

regulations  epa  cellulosic mandates  renewable fuels standard  biofuels 

Bob Greco

Bob Greco
Posted December 10, 2012

With the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit hearing oral arguments today in a lawsuit over the cellulosic biofuels mandate contained in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), here are some points to bear in mind

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No Oil or Natural Gas…A Less Beautiful World

fossil fuels  energy policy  domestic energy  access 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 14, 2012

A humorous reminder that everywhere we look, products made from petroleum are making our lives modern, healthier, cleaner, more comfortable – and prettier. Check out this lengthy, yet partial, list of the things made from oil, courtesy PBS

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Life Without Fossil Fuels: All the Things We’d Miss

energy  domestic energy  access  energy policy  fossil fuels 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 2, 2012

verywhere you look, products that are made from petroleum make our lives more modern, more convenient and more livable. Click here for PBS’ partial product list – one that stretches 12 pages!

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RINs Problem Requires a Solution

epa  regulation  renewable fuels standard  rfs34 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 27, 2012

The problem of fraudulent biodiesel Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) – used to demonstrate compliance with federal mandates – continues

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Ethanol and Storage Tank Corrosion

diesel  diesel fuel  ethanol  gasoline  ethanol contamination  rfa  renewable fuels association  ethanol lobby 

Bob Greco

Bob Greco
Posted September 14, 2012

A recent study suggested ethanol might be the source of corrosion in underground tanks used to store ultra low sulfur diesel fuel. Battelle, which conducted the study, checked a number of hypotheses, weighed the data and evidence and came to a conclusion pointing to ethanol

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No Oil, No Natural Gas = A Colder World

energy policy  access  fossil fuels  natural gas 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 11, 2012

Oil and natural gas supply about 62 percent of the energy we use today – and are expected to supply close to 60 percent of the energy we use two decades from now.

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