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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 1, 2013

It’s understandable that supporters of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) might be anxious these days. Consider that EPA reportedly is thinking about lowering its 2014 ethanol mandates under the RFS, and that more than 160 members of the U.S. House of Representatives are urging the same in a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 29, 2013

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) doesn’t just believe recent polling that finds two-thirds of Americans believe that, under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), using more corn for ethanol production could force up food prices, they have data to prove it.

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 28, 2013

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) talked last week about a recent survey from Harris Interactive that showed: “… more than three-fourths of Americans fear that E15 fuel may damage car engines and fuel system components, the American Motorcyclist Association reports. Also, more than two-thirds of those surveyed believe that using more corn for ethanol production could force up food prices …”

Here is more on E15, from the AMA.

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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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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 25, 2013

For the American Bakers Association (ABA), the Renewable Fuel Standard is a market distorter, affecting acreage that’s devoted to growing wheat for food and impacting prices. Like the National Chicken Council, the National Marine Manufacturers Association and other groups, America’s bakers want relief from the detached-from-reality RFS.

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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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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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Bob Greco

Bob Greco
Posted October 7, 2013

It lurks on every car or truck dashboard, the little indicator light that indicates potentially big problems with your vehicle’s engine. If you’re like me, a glowing “check engine” light elicits a groan, a facepalm and maybe some choice words – if not instant fear that the engine might conk out right then and there. In any case a visit to the repair shop is in my future. There, my mechanic will try to figure out what the heck could be causing the “Malfunction Indicator Light” (MIL), to come on. It might be a problem, or it might be a false alarm, in which case you’re still out the time and inconvenience of a wasted trip to the mechanic. 

Things to keep in mind as we revisit the issue of E15 fuel and falsely illuminating MILs, because research indicates that fuel containing up to 15 percent ethanol could cause check engine lights to falsely illuminate.

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 2, 2013

Results from a new public opinion poll strongly suggest that action by EPA and Congress is warranted on the flawed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Key findings from the Harris Interactive survey of more than 1,000 registered voters:

  • 77 percent said they’re concerned that using fuels containing ethanol blends above a 10 percent level can cause severe damage to car engines and fuel system components. They’re concerned that most auto manufacturers do not warranty their vehicles if the car’s owner runs it on fuels with a 15 percent ethanol blend.
  • 69 percent are concerned that diverting more and more corn into making ethanol will result in higher food costs.
  • 66 percent say regulation by the federal government could drive up the cost of gasoline for consumers.

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 18, 2013

In a piece in Forbes, contributor Michael Lynch writes that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is “one of the worst-designed government policies since we had caverns full of surplus cheese.” Yeah, that’ll leave a mark.

Yet, Lynch's characterization is on target in the case of the broken, out-of-touch RFS – with its ever-rising mandates for ethanol use that are propelling us toward the refining “blend wall” and potential harm to consumers and the broader economy. Bob Greco, API’s group director of downstream and industry operations, detailed the “reality gap” reasons the RFS should be repealed in a conference call with reporters – reasons that also back industry’s request that EPA reduce the total renewable fuels volume requirement to a level below 10 percent of overall gasoline demand for 2014.


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