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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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Hearing the Facts on the Renewable Fuel Standard

ethanol  renewable fuel standard  rfs34  Energy 101  regulations  rfa 

Bob Greco

Bob Greco
Posted July 25, 2013

Over two days this week the Energy and Power Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee heard concerns from scientists, poultry producers, automakers, drivers, restaurant owners, tool makers, store owners, environmentalists and the oil and natural gas industry about problems with E15 and/or the current Renewable Fuel Standard.  Leading the charge the other way was the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) with a simple message: our product is so great; the government should continue to force people to buy it.

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Energy Today – July 24, 2013

ethanol  renewable fuel standard  rfs34  hydraulic fracturing  regulations  alaska  anwr 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted July 24, 2013

National Journal – Ethanol Mandates  Starting to Worry Some Senate Democrats

NJ’s Amy Harder reports that ethanol requirements in the Renewable Fuel Standard are generating pressure on some Democratic senators.  “Mid-Atlantic lawmakers, in particular, are hearing from the poultry industry, which is concerned about rising feedstock prices, and from oil refineries, which are facing increased costs for blending ethanol with gasoline,” writes Harder.

PennLive.comHydraulic Fracturing is Well Regulated

In a letter to the editor, the executive director of the Associated Petroleum Industries of Pennsylvania counters claims by anti-hydraulic fracturing groups and individuals.  “In reality, hydraulic fracturing is rigorously regulated by state agencies and federal laws overseeing oil and natural gas development,” writes Stephanie Wissman. “In addition, strict standards are developed by the oil and natural gas industry in collaboration with specialists who best understand the unique geology and hydrology of their communities.” 

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Energy Today – July 9, 2013

Energy 101  Environment  fracking  hydraulic fracturing  renewable fuel standard  rfs34  ethanol 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted July 9, 2013

New York Post – Fracking Phobia Fails Yet Again

In a guest post, National Review Online’s Rich Lowry takes issue with a new film’s claims that the EPA is a “tool of the oil and natural gas industry.” It never occurs to anti-fracking crusaders that perhaps the evidence doesn’t back up the anti-fracking hysteria, he writes.

Omaha.com – Ethanol Critics Rev Up Efforts to Repeal RFS Mandate

The news magazine highlights the debate over the Renewable Fuel Standard, which will be the subject of an  upcoming House hearing. “There will be a push in our committee by some, Republicans and Democrats, to do away with the RFS, saying that it's just completely unnecessary today," said Rep. Lee Terry.

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The RFS: Reality 1, Rhetoric 0

Energy 101  gasoline  imports  renewable fuel standard  rfs34  ethanol 

Bob Greco

Bob Greco
Posted June 28, 2013

There is a classic xkcd cartoon where a one of the characters says they can’t come to bed because “Someone is wrong on the internet.”  Though the options for who exactly that someone was are almost unlimited, statistically there is a good chance the character was referring to Bob Dinneen.  Witness this tweet:

Ehthanol Bog

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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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