The People of America's Oil and Natural Gas Indusry

Energy Tomorrow Blog

regulations  epa-proposals  ozone-standards  refineries  rfs34  emissions 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 11, 2014

API has put together a new infographic that captures the breadth of this administration’s policies – especially an ongoing regulatory push from EPA – that could slow progress that’s being built on America’s energy revolution. (Click here to pull up the PDF.)

Here’s the thrust: The administration’s policies and regulatory efforts are hindering needed energy and economic progress. It is delaying infrastructure, such as pending liquefied natural gas export projects and the Keystone XL pipeline. It is sustaining the broken Renewable Fuel Standard and its ethanol mandates, which could negatively affect consumers and the larger economy. It’s threatening new regulation that would needlessly impact the refining sector, while advancing a stricter ozone standard that would put virtually the entire country out of compliance.

Read More

renewable-fuel-standard  cellulosic-biofuels  epa-proposals  ethanol  refiners 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 18, 2013

More on EPA’s proposed levels for 2014 ethanol usage that were unveiled last week. While the agency rightly acknowledged the existence of the refining “blend wall” by proposing a lowering of how much ethanol must be blended into the U.S. fuel supply under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), it doesn’t go far enough. The blend wall still looms, and so does EPA’s insistence on requiring millions of gallons of phantom cellulosic biofuels.

We covered the blend wall issue when EPA released its proposal last week. Breaking through the blend wall, requiring refiners to put more ethanol into the fuel supply than is safe for millions of vehicles on the road today, could leave consumers stuck with repair bills and could harm the broader economy, according to a study by NERA Economic Consulting.

Let’s look at cellulosic. We refer to it as the “phantom fuel” because over the past few years EPA has required refiners to blend millions of gallons of it into the fuel supply when none was commercially available (2010 and 2011), or when very little was available (2012) – and then forced refiners to purchase credits from the government because they didn't use a non-existent fuel. This year looks to be similar. EPA’s 2013 mandate requires 6 million “ethanol equivalent” gallons, but to date only about 359,000 gallons have been produced.


Read More

congress  energy  energy-iq  energy-legislation  energy-taxes  epa34  oil-industry  over-regulation  energy-discussion  energy-issues  epa-proposals 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 27, 2010

With just a few days to go before one of the most highly-contested mid-term elections in U.S. history, Americans are taking a hard look at the candidates and the issues before heading to the polls. Whether they are Republicans, Democrats or Independents, voters recognize the election's importance in framing fiscal policy, as well as energy and environmental issues for the next two years. 

Read More