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U.S. Energy: More Oil, More Jobs

oil and natural gas development  north dakota  ethanol in gasoline  keystone xl pipeline  lng exports 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted June 19, 2014

Bloomberg:  North Dakota, which yesterday became just the fourth state to record oil production above 1 million barrels a day, could see even stronger growth over the summer as improved weather makes life easier for drilling crews.

Output increased to 1,001,149 barrels a day in April, the state’s Department of Mineral Resources reported yesterday. Texas, California and Alaska have crossed the million-barrel mark. Only Texas remains above the state, at almost 3 million barrels a day.

April oilfield work was hampered by heavy rain that shut roads and strong winds that closed down operations. Crews completed 200 wells during the month, and another 600 are already drilled and just waiting on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Better weather in the summer months should allow more new wells to start gushing oil.

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The RFS Is Broken And E85 Is No Solution

rfs34  renewable fuel standard  e85  ethanol  gasoline  epa  carbon emissions  fuel economy  blend wall 

Bob Greco

Bob Greco
Posted June 18, 2014

Almost half of 2014 is behind us, and yet EPA still hasn’t finalized the ethanol requirements for this year. This is not a recipe for predictability and reliability in the gasoline markets, and the administration’s inability to meet the congressionally-mandated deadline of November 30th is a clear example of how unworkable the RFS is.

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Tier 3: A Case Study in Regulatory Impact

epa overreach  fuel  gasoline  regulation  economic impacts 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 11, 2014

Last month EPA implemented new gasoline regulations requiring the last microscopic bits of sulfur to be removed from fuel. The Tier 3 standard is likely to hit consumers and burden the economy while providing, at best, negligible benefit.

Writing for the Jefferson Policy Journal, Paul Driessen makes a number of important points about the potentially onerous effects of the new regulation. Driessen starts by underscoring how unnecessary the new standard is.

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Don't Get Snowed by E15

e15  renewable fuel standard  ethanol in gasoline  epa  engine safety 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted December 2, 2013

As EPA opens a 60-day comment period on its proposals for next year’s required ethanol use levels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), below is a light-hearted reminder that higher-ethanol blend fuels like E15 – which ethanol supporters advocate as a way to meet RFS mandates – pose significant risks for small engines.

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Temporary Relief on RFS' Ethanol Mandates, Not a Solution

renewable fuel standard  ethanol in gasoline  epa  regulation  blend wall 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 25, 2013

Despite indications EPA may lower its 2014 requirement for ethanol use under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) – acknowledging the existence of the refining “blend wall” – volumetric levels the agency reportedly is discussing don’t go far enough, and larger concern over the dysfunctional, irreparably damaged RFS would remain.

API Downstream Group Director Bob Greco talked about what EPA might do with next year’s requirements, which could be unveiled soon, during a conference call with reporters.

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VIDEO: Ethanol Mandates = 'Inertia and Maybe a Little Greed'

renewable fuel standard  e15  ethanol in gasoline  regulation  epa 

Bob Greco

Bob Greco
Posted October 24, 2013

In a recent video op-ed in USA Today, forum editor David Mastio explains why we use ethanol in gasoline. Don’t worry, it’s not a technical presentation. There’s no scientific or technical rationale given for adding ethanol to gasoline. Ethanol isn’t added to improve engine performance, it doesn’t improve fuel efficiency and, according to Mastio, it increases some kinds of pollution while decreasing others.

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Rising Ethanol Blends Don't Float All Boats

renewable fuel standard  ethanol in gasoline  regulation  epa  e15 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 24, 2013

Let’s continue discussion of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), it’s detachment from market reality and its impacts on consumers – impacts that go well beyond the oil industry. Yesterday, we looked at the views of the National Chicken Council; today the view from the water, courtesy of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).

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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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Supply and Downward Pressure on Crude Prices

access  keystone xl  crude oil prices  gasoline prices  regulation 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted July 18, 2013


The history of modern crude oil prices includes a number of instances where historical events have accompanied dramatic price shifts. Simply: Events that impact or could impact supply affect the global crude oil market. And, because the cost of crude is the main driver of gasoline prices – currently about 66 percent

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