Friday, June 12, 2015

Stand Up to Big Oil - Sign the Petition!

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Fuels America, a coalition of organizations committed to protecting America's Renewable Fuel Standard, has a petition available today to tell President Obama and the EPA to stad up to Big Oil.

A quick summary from their alert:
The EPA just proposed a major change to the RFS that deals a devastating blow to farmers, small business owners, and workers across rural America -- a threat that could kick us back to the 1980s, when farmers faced a major crisis and thousands of families lost their entire livelihoods.

The petition can be accessed HERE

More information from Fuels America is available HERE.


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Monday, June 1, 2015

Obama Administration Wants Less Ethanol

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The Obama administration, through the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), proposed lowering the amount of ethanol blended into the nation's fuel supply.

Score a win for Big Oil.  And a loss for American consumers.

In its proposal, the EPA set new lower limits despite the intent of Congress when it passed the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2007.

The EPA proposed that refiners blend just 17.4 billion gallons of renewable fuels in 2016.  

That figure is well below the 22.3 billion gallon amount set by Congress.

Not surprisingly, the American Petroleum Institute wasn't happy with the new lower amounts.  It wants even less cleaner burning ethanol competing against gasoline.  In it's statement, API President and CEO Jack Gerard called for just 9.7% of the nations fuel be ethanol.  And it's no surprise that they want the RFS legislation re-opened and even repealed altogether.

Isn't that nice.  Less American-made ethanol and more foreign oil.

Ethanol groups weren't too pleased either with the lower amount.  

In it's statement the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) stated:
“Today’s announcement represents a step backward for the RFS. EPA successfully enforced a 13.8 billion gallon RVO in 2013. The industry produced 14.3 billion gallons of ethanol last year. There is no reason to promulgate an RVO rule that takes us backward. All it will do is result in an ever-increasing supply of renewable fuel credits (RINs) that will further discourage private sector investment in infrastructure and technology. This doesn’t make sense."
And Growth Energy stated:
“It is unfortunate that EPA chose to side with the obligated parties who have deliberately refused to live up to their obligation to provide consumers with a choice of fossil fuels or lower cost, higher performing, homegrown renewable energy at the pump... 
Now the obligated parties, controlled primarily by Big Oil, have refused to live up to their obligation and the initial read on EPA's proposal is they have simply acquiesced to the demands of Big Oil. 

The proposal is not final.  So you can be sure both sides will spreading the love around Washington DC and the nation to get another number.

Source: US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)


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