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Bob Greco

Bob Greco
Posted May 3, 2013

It’s one thing to have genuine differences over energy regulatory policy – as the oil and natural gas industry has with EPA’s proposed Tier 3 rule further lowering sulfur levels in gasoline. It’s quite another to see that the rulemaking process is being gamed.

Tier 3 Trouble

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emissions  epa34  keystone-xl  oil-sands 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 23, 2013

The EPA was out yesterday with a letter urging yet even more delay for the Keystone XL pipeline – a project that already has been thoroughly reviewed by the State Department over more than four and a half years. In that context, EPA’s simply trying to heap delay on top of delay. Let's have a look at the first of EPA’s objections to State’s latest review:

The DSEIS reports that lifecycle GHG emissions from oil sands crude could be 81% greater than emissions from the average crude refined in the U.S. in 2005 on a well-to-tank basis, and 17% greater on a well-to-wheels basis.This difference may be even greater depending on the assumptions made.

Sounds ominous, but it’s also true that the difference could be even less, depending on the assumptions. Take the government of Alberta’s assessment:

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epa34  ethanol  greenhouse-gases  hydraulic-fracturing  keystone-xl  taxes-impact-on-business  energy-taxes 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted April 16, 2013

LA TimesEPA: U.S. Greenhouse Gases Drop 

The newspaper highlights the latest good news from the EPA: Increased use of natural gas, much of it developed with  hydraulic fracturing, has helped the United States lower its greenhouse gas emissions 1.6 percent from 2010 to 2011 and nearly 7 percent since 2005.

Roll CallRedford: Keystone XL an Environmentally Sound Way to Enhance Energy Security

Alberta  Premier Alison Redford’s  op-ed argues that Canada is “the safest, most secure and responsible energy supplier to the United States and a reliable trading partner.” This comes after her recent visit to the U.S. advocating  approval of the Keystone XL pipeline project.  Approving the pipeline “is the choice of reason,” she writes.

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epa34  fracking  hydraulic-fracturing  energy 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted April 3, 2013

BBC NewsNeighboring U.S. Towns Worlds Apart on Natural Gas Fracking

BBC’s Laura Trevelyan reports on the divide between New York State and Pennsylvania in the hydraulic fracturing debate. Must watch at 2:19: a fourth generation New York landowner talks about the benefits of fracking – and the consequences of not lifting the moratorium.

Free EnterpriseAbundant U.S. Energy Attracts Foreign Companies

Abundant U.S. energy, courtesy of hydraulic fracturing tapping shale oil and natural gas deposits, is attracting manufacturers from Europe and South America, Sean Hackbarth reports. This will translate into jobs and a “much more competitive U.S.”

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rfa34  renewable-fuels-standard  ethanol-lobby  ethanol  epa34  e1534  coordinating-research-council 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 1, 2013

The ethanol lobby doesn’t like the latest research on E15 – gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol – because it raises questions about EPA’s premature decision to approve E15 for use in post-2001 cars and light-duty trucks. The Coordinating Research Council (CRC) study warns that E15 could damage fuel pumps and onboard fuel measurement systems, potentially affecting millions of vehicles. This follows last year’s CRC finding that E15 could damage car and truck engines.  

Since ethanol producers’ goal is more ethanol use, and an EPA pullback on E15 would get in the way of that goal, attacks on both studies – such as those by the Renewable Fuels Association – aren’t surprising. But let’s be candid: They won’t be around if and when motorists end up on the side of the road with a seized-up fuel pump, damaged by E15 use.

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consumers  e1534  epa34  ethanol-blends  rfs34 

Bob Greco

Bob Greco
Posted January 30, 2013

Earlier this week API highlighted new research by the Coordinating Research Council (CRC) on serious potential problems with vehicle fuel systems when operated on E15 fuel – gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol.

In addition to CRC’s research, we want to call attention to a recent paper from Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) that was published by the Society for Automotive Engineers (SAE).  This study examined the effects of E15 on malfunction indicator lights (MIL), also known as “check engine lights.”

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consumers  e1534  epa34  ethanol  renewable-fuel-standard 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 29, 2013

There’s new research showing E15 (15 percent ethanol) fuel could damage vehicles, potentially stranding motorists and/or saddling them with expensive repair bills – one of a number of reasons the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) should be scrapped. Following on a report last spring that said E15 could damage engines and cars and trucks, the Coordinating Research Council (CRC) has a new study that found E15 can mess up fuel pump systems and fuel measurement systems, potentially affecting “millions and millions” of vehicles, Bob Greco, API downstream and industry operations director, said in a conference call with reporters.

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emissions  energy-policy  epa34  regulations 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted December 12, 2012

Later this week EPA is expected to finalize standards for particulate matter 2.5. EPA could and should retain the existing standard. During a conference call with reporters API’s Howard Feldman, director of regulatory and scientific affairs, outlined the reasons:

  • Certain costs and doubtful benefits
  • Efficacy of the current standard
  • Questionable scientific foundation for a new standard
  • Poor coordination with other regulatory initiatives

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regulations  epa34  cellulosic-mandates  renewable-fuels-standard  biofuels 

Bob Greco

Bob Greco
Posted December 10, 2012

With the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit hearing oral arguments today in a lawsuit over the cellulosic biofuels mandate contained in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), here are some points to bear in mind

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rfs34  regulation  epa34  energy-policy  domestic-energy  cellulosic-ethanol 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 27, 2012

End it, don’t mend it: That’s industry’s message to Congress on the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). API Downstream Group Director Bob Greco, during a conference call with reporters on problems with the program

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