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Bob Greco

Bob Greco
Posted July 26, 2013

Earlier we took a look at claims by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) that ethanol production was “a particularly important catalyst” and “major driver” of declines in finished motor gasoline imports (Spoiler Alert: No).  Today, continuing the Sisyphean task of correcting false narratives put forth by the RFA, let’s look at the notion that ethanol is leading the way in providing energy security.  RFA’s statement in a House hearing this week:

In fact, cumulative new ethanol production since 2005 has accounted for 62% of new domestically-produced liquid fuels, while cumulative new U.S. crude oil production has accounted for 38%.

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ethanol  rfs34  hydraulic-fracturing  natural-gas  blend-wall  lng34  lng-exports  keystone-xl 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted July 25, 2013

Des Moines Register – Iowa Will Have to Import Corn

With increased ethanol obligations and growing livestock operations needing more feed, Iowa – the nation’s “king of corn production” – will have to import kernels to keep up with demand, an analyst tells the newspaper.

Master Resource - Frac Bounty: All Should Participate

Blogger Paul Driessen highlights the benefits of U.S. shale development  – game-changing technologies that have led to job creation and economic boosts across the country. Driessen got a first-hand look at  hydraulic fracturing drilling  in northern Pennsylvania noting the “signs of pride and prosperity were evident all over Williamsport.” Driessen: We need to frack for a better, cleaner, happier world!”

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ethanol  renewable-fuel-standard  rfs34  energy-101  regulations  rfa34 

Bob Greco

Bob Greco
Posted July 25, 2013

Over two days this week the Energy and Power Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee heard concerns from scientists, poultry producers, automakers, drivers, restaurant owners, tool makers, store owners, environmentalists and the oil and natural gas industry about problems with E15 and/or the current Renewable Fuel Standard.  Leading the charge the other way was the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) with a simple message: our product is so great; the government should continue to force people to buy it.

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ethanol  renewable-fuel-standard  rfs34  hydraulic-fracturing  regulations  alaska  anwr 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted July 24, 2013

National Journal – Ethanol Mandates  Starting to Worry Some Senate Democrats

NJ’s Amy Harder reports that ethanol requirements in the Renewable Fuel Standard are generating pressure on some Democratic senators.  “Mid-Atlantic lawmakers, in particular, are hearing from the poultry industry, which is concerned about rising feedstock prices, and from oil refineries, which are facing increased costs for blending ethanol with gasoline,” writes Harder.

PennLive.comHydraulic Fracturing is Well Regulated

In a letter to the editor, the executive director of the Associated Petroleum Industries of Pennsylvania counters claims by anti-hydraulic fracturing groups and individuals.  “In reality, hydraulic fracturing is rigorously regulated by state agencies and federal laws overseeing oil and natural gas development,” writes Stephanie Wissman. “In addition, strict standards are developed by the oil and natural gas industry in collaboration with specialists who best understand the unique geology and hydrology of their communities.” 

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energy-101  environment  fracking  hydraulic-fracturing  renewable-fuel-standard  rfs34  ethanol 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted July 9, 2013

New York Post – Fracking Phobia Fails Yet Again

In a guest post, National Review Online’s Rich Lowry takes issue with a new film’s claims that the EPA is a “tool of the oil and natural gas industry.” It never occurs to anti-fracking crusaders that perhaps the evidence doesn’t back up the anti-fracking hysteria, he writes.

Omaha.com – Ethanol Critics Rev Up Efforts to Repeal RFS Mandate

The news magazine highlights the debate over the Renewable Fuel Standard, which will be the subject of an  upcoming House hearing. “There will be a push in our committee by some, Republicans and Democrats, to do away with the RFS, saying that it's just completely unnecessary today," said Rep. Lee Terry.

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energy-101  gasoline  imports  renewable-fuel-standard  rfs34  ethanol 

Bob Greco

Bob Greco
Posted June 28, 2013

There is a classic xkcd cartoon where a one of the characters says they can’t come to bed because “Someone is wrong on the internet.”  Though the options for who exactly that someone was are almost unlimited, statistically there is a good chance the character was referring to Bob Dinneen.  Witness this tweet:

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted June 27, 2013

Important testimony at a House hearing yesterday from U.S. Energy Information Administration chief Adam Sieminski on flaws in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), including its mandates for increasing ethanol use.

Sieminski, who heads the government agency charged with counting and quantifying energy of all sources, testified before the House Energy and Commerce’s subcommittee on energy and power, basically saying the current RFS is broken:

·         “The RFS program is not projected to come close to achievement of the legislated target that calls for 36 billion gallons of renewable motor fuels use by 2022.

·         Substantially increased use of biofuels can only occur if they can be used in forms other than the low-percentage blends of ethanol and biodiesel that account for nearly all of their current use.

·         The implicit premise that cellulosic and other advanced biofuels would be available in significant quantities at reasonable costs within 5 to 10 years following adoption of the 2007 RFS targets has not been borne out.”

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Bob Greco

Bob Greco
Posted April 30, 2013

Imports of crude oil have decreased significantly over the past four years as the U.S. has become more self-reliant in meeting its energy needs domestically. In fact, as the graph below shows, from the beginning of 2008 through the end of 2012 net U.S. oil imports have declined by more than 1.3 million barrels per day (bpd) while domestic production has increased by almost 1.5 million bpd. In short, the increase in domestic production accounts for all of the reduction in imports and then some.

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biofuels  ethanol  rfs34  renewable-fuel-standard 

Bob Greco

Bob Greco
Posted April 11, 2013

Two members of the University of Illinois’ agricultural and consumer economics department have an article out this month that raises some important concerns about the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).  As agricultural economics experts at the flagship university of a farm-heavy state, which also is the third-largest ethanol-producing state in the country, their work merits a special mention.

First, Scott Irwin, chairman of the Agriculture Marketing Department, and Professor Darrel Good make some general observations about the RFS (sometimes also referred to as RFS2, for its 2007 revision), uncertainty surrounding potential higher compliance costs and where prices for Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) may be headed under the RFS’ current framework:

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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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