The E-Xchange — Ethanol
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.
Why would James Thorpe want Congress to repeal the RFS? If he opened his wallet, he would realize that it is the single most effective energy policy in our nation’s history!
The markets were abuzz last week with a rumor about EPA’s pending 2014 RVO proposal that suggested the agency was mulling the idea of cutting the “renewable fuel” portion from 14.4 billion gallons to 13.0 billion. Here's an examination of the likely impacts of “Big Oil’s dream scenario.”
EPA’s proposed rule establishing 2014 RVOs under the RFS is expected to be published soon. Many believe the 2014 RVO will, for the first time ever, require obligated parties to move beyond the status quo and blend volumes of renewable fuel above the so-called “E10 blend wall.”
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has carefully completed reviewing 43 studies on the effects of E15 on engine durability, emissions, and other factors and issued a report finding that the available literature “…did not show meaningful differences between E15 and E10 in any performance category.”
Ethanol exports totaled 35.1 million gallons (mg) in July, up just 3% over June shipments. Imports totaled 56.8 mg, meaning the U.S. was a net importer for the second straight month.
The Wall Street Journal calls cellulosic ethanol a failure. AEC's Brooke Coleman understands that the Journal does not like biofuels, but let’s stop making stuff up. It doesn't serve the interests of readers, he says, who are getting gouged at the pump
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.
U.S. ethanol exports fell to 34 million gallons (mg) in June, down 17% from May and the lowest monthly total since August 2010. Meanwhile, ethanol imports were 35.7 mg in June, meaning the U.S. was a net importer for the first time in six months.
RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen submitted the following letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal in response to a recent column that suggests RINs are behind spiking gas prices.
U.S. ethanol exports totaled 40.8 million gallons (mg) in May, nearly identical to April’s total of 40.9 mg, according to recently released government data.
RFA's Robert White has been riding motorcycles on ethanol-blended fuel for 23 years now without an issue. E10 has become the standard fuel for most Americans. The debate used to be that E10 was not acceptable for motorcycles, but that changed in the past couple of years with the idea of E15. No motorcycles are approved to use E15, yet AMA has made it a top priority to stop. Their pitch to Congress is to stop E15 until testing can be done. White says how about we just follow the label and not use it.