API Says Extending Domestic Fuel Supply Lowers Consumer Gas Prices—Who Knew!?

October 31, 2014

API claims the fracking boom has extended U.S. supplies and lowered gas prices, but there are two major problems with this argument. Government data tell a different story that makes API’s claims test the basic principles of supply & demand, and API now counters its past assertions about, you guessed it, ethanol for doing what they state to be doing: saving consumers money.

Posted in Ethanol, Gas Prices, Oil

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“Pump”: An In-Depth Look at the Effects of Big Oil’s Monopoly—and How America Can Break It

October 10, 2014

The new documentary explores the history of U.S. fueling infrastructure and shows what we can do to diversify our options at the pump.

Posted in Ethanol, Fuel, Gas Prices, Oil, Renewable Fuels

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Behind the Veil: Recent Attack on RFS Nothing More than Poster for Big Oil, Big Food

April 11, 2014

If you follow the money, it’s easy to trace the anti-RFS piece back to its pro-oil, anti-farmer source.

Posted in Environment, Letter to the Editor, Oil, Renewable Fuel Standard

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Ethanol, RFS the Best Way to Attain Energy Independence

November 08, 2013

The RFS is the most effective energy policy in our nation’s history. Let’s continue using it to gain energy independence.

Posted in E15, Letter to the Editor, Oil, OPEC, Renewable Fuel Standard

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Reduction to 2014 RVOs Would be a Financial Windfall for Big Oil

November 06, 2013

Big Oil has developed a laundry list of excuses for refusing to embrace the RFS, but let's be honest. Its crusade against the RFS isn’t about the interests of the American consumer. It’s about money, market share, and snuffing out competition.

Posted in EPA, Ethanol, Gas Prices, Oil, RINs, RVOs

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Ethanol Protects Against Repeat of Devastating Effects of 1973 Oil Embargo

October 15, 2013

October 16th marks the 40th anniversary of the 1973 oil embargo. Economic times are hard enough as is today; hopefully it won’t take another energy crisis to wake Congress up to the importance of a domestically-produced, renewable fuel alternative.

Posted in Gas Prices, Oil, OPEC, Renewable Fuel Standard, Renewable Fuels

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Ethanol Debate About Fairness to Consumers, Not Subsidies

October 10, 2013

Apparently, the Wall Street Journal’s zealous defense of the oil industry knows no bounds. Bob Dinneen states why the paper has bet on the wrong horse in this letter to the editor.

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A Reality Check on API’s “RFS Reality Gap” Report

September 19, 2013

It’s time for a reality check. RFA's Geoff Cooper offers rebuttals to API’s far-fetched arguments from its recently-released report, tells the “rest of the story” that was conveniently omitted from the report’s misleading charts, and underscores the importance of staying the course with the RFS.

Posted in Environment, Oil, Production, Renewable Fuel Standard

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N.D. Oil Industry Flares Off $1B Worth of Natural Gas…But Balks at Investments in Renewable Fuels

August 29, 2013

According to a recent study, government data show that nearly 30% of the natural gas extracted as a byproduct of fracking for oil in North Dakota is being burned off, or “flared.” That’s right, three out of every 10 cubic feet of natural gas extracted in North Dakota ends up being burned at the wellhead and released into the atmosphere.

Posted in Energy, Environment, Oil

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Bob Dinneen Straightens Out the Facts in a Letter to the Editor of the WSJ

August 23, 2013

As in previous cases, the Wall Street Journal is long on opinion and short on fact in its most recent editorial. RFA chief Bob Dinneen looks at a few items that the Journal either ignores or denies.

Posted in Corn prices, Ethanol, Oil, Renewable Fuel Standard, RINs

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What do Big Oil’s Quarterly Earnings Say About the Real Impact of RINs on U.S. Gas Prices?

August 01, 2013

It’s not surprising that many oil companies are yet again reporting huge profits for their quarterly financial results, but what is somewhat surprising is what these companies are telling investors, analysts, and the SEC about the real impacts of the RFS and RINs on their bottom line and U.S. fuel prices. Here are several revealing statements from these companies.

Posted in Gas Prices, Oil, Renewable Fuel Standard

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Letter to the Editor - Dinneen to Big Oil: Focus on the Facts

May 23, 2013

RFA’s President and CEO Bob Dinneen submitted the following letter to the Orlando Sentinel in response to their recent article featuring Charles Drevna, President of the American Fuels & Petrochemical Manufacturers.

Posted in Environment, Gas Prices, Jobs, Oil, Renewable Fuel Standard

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Phillips 66 May Find the Renewable Fuel Standard Unstoppable Despite Herculean Effort to Stop It

May 09, 2013

Phillips 66 CEO Greg Garland said the RFS was “unworkable”. Bob Dinneen says that’s just silly talk. The RFS is a proven success having stimulated investment, created jobs, and significantly lowered our dependence on foreign oil.

Posted in E15, Ethanol, Oil, Renewable Fuel Standard

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Big Oil’s Choice: Complain About 70-Cent RINs, or Invest 6 Cents in Modern Infrastructure?

March 22, 2013

Recent rhetoric from Big Oil about the economic impacts of RINs got us thinking: If oil refiners and gasoline marketers actually decided to invest in the modern fuel distribution infrastructure needed to dispense greater than E10 blends, what would it cost them in comparison to the wild “compliance cost" claims they make today?

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Washington Times Defends Irresponsible Big Oil Scare Tactic

March 18, 2013

Conservatives believe in competition, but the Washington Times sides with a would-be monopoly — Big Oil.

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Second Response to EPRINC Report: “Ethanol’s Lost Promise”

September 21, 2012

An EPRINC report released on Sep. 14 entitled “Ethanol’s Lost Promise” advocates repealing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The paper suggests removing the RFS could reduce the oil refining sector’s ethanol consumption down to 6.1 billion gallons annually (compared to 12.5 billion gallons in 2011). EPRINC suggests the void left by smaller ethanol supplies could be filled with imported gasoline, increased gasoline yields at the expense of diesel/distillate production, expanding U.S. refining capacity, and other infeasible options. In response to RFA’s reaction to its study, EPRINC tried to defend it with yet more conflicting and misleading statements. Once again, RFA is stepping forward to refute fiction with fact.

Posted in Ethanol, Exports, Fuel, Gas Prices, Oil, Renewable Fuel Standard

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Response To EPRINC Study: “Ethanol’s Lost Promise”

September 18, 2012

A report released this week by EPRINC, an oil industry-funded research group, suggests a multi-year suspension of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) could reduce U.S. ethanol use by more than half. In this analysis, the RFA points out that in attempting to tear down the RFS, the EPRINC report actually underscores the importance of the program and highlights the lack of sensible or economic options available to refiners if ethanol use is severely curtailed.

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RFA says Ethanol is Not to Blame for Diesel Fuel Corrosion Incidents

September 12, 2012

A report released today by Battelle, sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute (API), claims a recent rash of corrosion incidents in storage and handling equipment for Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) use stems from ethanol contamination. Under normal, everyday storage and handling conditions, ethanol should never come into contact with diesel fuel; ethanol is a gasoline additive.

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Beyond the Biofuel-bashing Editorials: Ethanol Really Reduces Prices at the Pump

August 28, 2012

Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal published Letter to the Editor of mine, which was in response to "Ethanol vs the World." On the same day, the Journal published yet another sarcastic screed, “How Ethanol Causes Joblessness” that ridiculed what it claims was the methodology behind a study by academic economists that showed the increased use of domestic ethanol fuel lowered gas prices by a national average of $1.09 in 2011. Responding to this attack, I submitted another editorial, which was rejected by the Editorial Features Staff. Please read said editorial in this post.

Posted in Ethanol, Fuel, Gas Prices, Oil, Renewable Fuel Standard, Renewable Fuels, Research

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Big Oil’s Stolen 35 Minutes

July 26, 2012

A recent article entitled "Clean Green Scam" highlighted the case of Rodney Hailey whose company sold approximately $9 million worth of fraudulent biodiesel credits to the oil industry. They were also fined by the EPA for not conducting proper due diligence to make sure the credits were legit. This cost Big Oil another $40 million. The article went on to say, "Refiners have been ripped off to the tune of $200 million so far by crooks and government fines..." due to the Renewable Fuels Standard. Wow, that is a big number - unless of course you put it into context.

Posted in Ethanol, Gas Prices, Oil

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