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air-quality  e1534  renewable-fuel-standard  epa34  greenhouse-gas-emissions 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 12, 2014

One of the oft-repeated claims of ethanol producers is that higher-ethanol blend fuels like E15 are better for air quality than the E10 gasoline that’s the staple of the U.S. fuel supply. Short response: No. And while we’ve addressed the ethanol/air quality claim recently here and here, spurious assertions often have more lives than Lulu, my daughter’s cat. So let’s look at the facts and credible research again.

We’ll underscore “facts and credible research,” because an advocacy group is promoting a study on ethanol, air quality and potential cancer risks that isn’t an original study at all. Rather, it’s an overly simplistic exercise in data aggregation that ignores the confounding effects of different test procedures, laboratories and fuel properties. In other words, it’s a crummy analysis that would send real scientists running in the other way.

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air-quality  oil-sands  exports  infrastructure 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted June 3, 2014

Reuters: Rising U.S. imports of crude oil from Canada's oil sands have not increased greenhouse gas emissions from the country's oil refineries because they have been offset by refining of cleaner domestic crudes, a report from a private sector think tank said on Monday.

The report, from industry consultants IHS CERA, comes as the Obama administration moves to cut greenhouse gas emissions from the U.S. power sector by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, under new rules aimed at reducing America's longstanding reliance on burning coal to generate electricity.

The oil sands sector has faced frequent criticism from environmentalists concerned about greenhouse gas emissions. U.S. imports of carbon-rich Canadian oil-sands crudes grew by 900,000 barrels per day to more than 2 million bpd between 2005 and 2012, according to the IHS CERA report.

It said they did not result in higher greenhouse-gas intensity from the energy sector, however, as other crudes imported from abroad were supplanted by so-called tight oil from domestic shale-oil deposits.

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air-quality  diesel  emissions  energy-policy  environmental-protection-agency  fuel  gasoline  refinery  ulsd  vehicle  highway-travel  oil-industry-tax-rate  truck  ultra-low-sulfur-diesel20170719t150139 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 23, 2010

In today's episode, I interview Patrick Kelly, API's policy advisor for downstream fuels issues, about the completion of the transition from low sulfur diesel to Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) fuel for highway travel.

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air-quality  energy-policy  epa34  air-pollution  ozone-standards 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 20, 2010

Whenever the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issues new regulations, it usually includes information about the impact on human health. 

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air-quality  biodiesel  biofuels  department-of-energy  domestic-energy  energy-policy  fuel-blends  heating-oil  over-regulation  refiners  ultra-low-sulfur-diesel 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted September 27, 2010

Changes are planned for heating oil in the Northeast. In the region of the country where the preponderance of heating oil customers are located, several states are reducing the amount of sulfur allowed in the fuel. 

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air-quality  biofuels  clean-air-act  domestic-energy  energy-policy  environmental-protection-agency  epa34  ethanol  ethanol-in-gasoline  fuel  fuel-blends  gasoline  gasoline-blends  rhetoric-vs-reality 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted September 1, 2010

Why is the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in such a hurry to grant a waiver allowing E15 to be sold in the marketplace?

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air-quality  diesel  diesel-vehicles  domestic-energy  efficiency  emissions  energy-policy  environmental-protection-agency  fuel  gasoline  technology-innovation  ultra-low-sulfur-diesel  clean-diesel  diesel-exhaust-fluid  emission-requirements  trucks  ulsd-diesel-cars 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 25, 2010

Did you know that today's diesel-powered light-duty vehicles must meet the same stringent emission requirements as gasoline-powered models? 

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air-quality  clean-air-act  congress  domestic-energy  energy-policy  epa34  ghg34  greenhouse-gas  greenhouse-gas-emissions 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 13, 2010

The regulators are coming. They are marching into your communities and into your local businesses. They are usurping the rights of state governments. And they are trying to change the nation's primary clean air law to make it suit their purposes.

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