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Sabrina Fang

Sabrina Fang
Posted June 13, 2017

This week members of the U.S. Senate will consider legislation that would serve to expand the presence of E15 fuel in the marketplace. Unfortunately, the bill is a distraction from fundamental problems with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which is forcing more and more ethanol into the nation’s fuel supply. Research has shown higher ethanol blends, such as E15, could damage vehicle engines and fuel pump systems, socking consumers with the repair bills. The RFS needs to be repealed or significantly reformed, to protect U.S. consumers. As EPA prepares to announce ethanol mandates for 2018 under the RFS, API Downstream Group Director Frank Macchiarola briefed reporters on the flawed program.

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renewable-fuel-standard  rfs34  consumers  e1534  ethanol  blend-wall 

Sabrina Fang

Sabrina Fang
Posted April 7, 2017

A new national API poll shows that American voters have serious concerns about the Renewable Fuel Standard and its mandates for ever-increasing levels of ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply. Key findings from the survey of 1,000 registered voters include 74 percent agreeing that federal regulations could contribute to increased costs for gasoline to consumers and 68 percent who're concerned about government regulations that would increase the amount of ethanol in gasoline.

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rfs34  policy 

Sabrina Fang

Sabrina Fang
Posted February 23, 2017

The recent push to shift responsibility for compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), from refiners and importers to independent blenders and retail gasoline stations, is a flawed approach that could impact consumers at the gasoline pump and does nothing to fix the larger set of problems that plague the RFS – problems Congress must address by repealing the program or significantly reforming it. API Downstream Group Director Frank Macchiarola discussed these issues during a conference call with reporters.

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renewable-fuel-standard  rfs34  consumers  ethanol  blend-wall 

Sabrina Fang

Sabrina Fang
Posted November 18, 2016

As congressional leaders set priorities for the end-of-year session, lawmakers should consider action on the flawed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). There’s bipartisan consensus for addressing the RFS – either repealing it outright or making major reforms. This week, Frank Macchiarola, API downstream group director, conducted a conference call with reporters on the problems with the RFS and the need for congressional action.

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renewable-fuel-standard  rfs34  ethanol  consumers 

Sabrina Fang

Sabrina Fang
Posted September 13, 2016

Changing the point of obligation under the RFS will not fix the blend-wall problem or address vehicle compatibility. Nearly 90 percent of vehicles on the road today were not designed for higher ethanol blends, such as E15.  And many automakers say that using E15 could potentially void those car warranties. These higher ethanol blends threaten engines and fuel systems – potentially forcing drivers to pay for costly repairs, according to extensive testing done by the auto and oil and natural gas industries.  Moving the point of obligation does nothing to address this fuel incompatibility problem.

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renewable-fuel-standard  consumers  ethanol  e1534 

Sabrina Fang

Sabrina Fang
Posted August 9, 2016

Thanks to an energy renaissance here in the United States, Americans driving to their summer destinations have been enjoying low prices at the pump. To keep this progress going, we need to end harmful policies that could raise the cost of energy and negatively impact millions of vehicles on the road.

As the EPA works to finalize its 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard volumes, API is launching a new multi-faceted advocacy campaign that will include TV and online advertising. Our campaign will focus on how higher ethanol mandates can hurt consumers, potentially raise costs and possibly void automobile warranties.

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infrastructure 

Sabrina Fang

Sabrina Fang
Posted June 7, 2016

With the presidential primary season winding down talk has already shifted to how parties may work together under various scenarios, such as this piece from the Washington Post. Unsurprisingly infrastructure made the list of five issues ripe for a deal.

“Another long-standing goal for centrists in both parties has been a major federal investment in highways, railroads, ports, water systems and other physical infrastructure.”

There is broad, bipartisan support for repairing and expanding our infrastructure, and there are certainly plenty of projects in need of federal involvement, but adequate government funding is not the only problem facing infrastructure in America, politicians also need to address the inadequacies of government approval for infrastructure projects. As the Wall Street Journal noted last week:

“Overall, more than a dozen projects, worth about $33 billion, have been either rejected by regulators or withdrawn by developers since 2012, with billions more tied up in projects still in regulatory limbo.”

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affordable-energy  connecticut  massachusetts  rhode-island  new-hampshire  maine  vermont  jobs-and-economy 

Sabrina Fang

Sabrina Fang
Posted June 1, 2016

To create jobs, continue progress in reducing emissions and ensure America’s homes and manufacturers have access to affordable energy, energy infrastructure should be a top priority. Private businesses are ready to invest and workers are ready to build, now politicians need to get out of the way.

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Sabrina Fang

Sabrina Fang
Posted February 24, 2015

For as long as the Keystone delay and debate has been going on, critics of the project have tried to misinform the public that Canada is just using the US to export its oil to the rest of the world. Well today, another creditable study is proving those critics wrong.  According to a new report  by IHS CERA:

“Most, if not all, crude oil that would be transported via the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to the U.S. Gulf Coast would not be exported, and the vast majority of refined product (about 70 percent) derived from it would be consumed in the United States


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Sabrina Fang

Sabrina Fang
Posted March 14, 2013

Over 400 members of Minnesota's Building Trades unions, including three state presidents and Harry Melander, President of the Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council, gathered on the State Capitol steps for a rally in support of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Rick Terven, Executive Vice President at United Association, gave a rousing fifteen minute speech exhorting pipe-fitters, teamsters, laborers, operating engineers and electrical workers to contact the Department of State. "Four times this project has been reviewed and four times the conclusion has been the same. We will build Keystone safe and it will be reliable."

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