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  Your advocate for PURE Gasoline        ”Laissez les bon temps rouler”                      Contact “Pete” at:                        way2gopete@yahoo.com                     

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 TODAY’S ARTICLE :  Today I posted an article about how food shortgages across the World are causing riots in several major cities.  The article explains why this is happening, INCLUDING the U.S. Ethanol program which is causing 40% of it’s corn crop being converted to fuel.  This also causes the cost of all grains to skyrocket in price.                          

 SPORTS NEWS: PLEASE NOTE that this weekend LSU baseball series with Ole Miss at Oxford this weekend is on Thursday, Friday and Saturday so players can be off for Easter Sunday. 

BREAKING  NEWS: Today (4/16), I posted a gun control article titled “The ‘Assault Weapon’ Rebellion”.  The article begins with the question “In the April issue of Townhall Magazine, Bearing Arms editor Bob Owens asks what would happen if a liberal government passed a new gun law but nobody obeyed it?  With total rebellion by gun owners in Connecticut and New York in particular due to new very severe gun control laws, the governments of these States are at a loss on what to do.  In addition, the State Trooper and Sheriff’s Associations in BOTH States have openly said they WILL NOT enforce these gun laws!

Read the gun control articles on the website’s “Gun Control” page.

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YOUR HELP IS URGENTLY NEEDED: American gun owners and defenders of the 2nd Amendment NEED HELP in fighting off the Government and State ‘gun control’ advocates!  If you are not currently a member of the NRA (National Rifle Association) or the NAGR (National Association for Gun Rights), you are urged to join TODAY.  Here’s how (the NRA is the most powerful and influential):

NRA:   http://home.nra.org/nraorg

NAGR:  http://www.nationalgunrights.org/

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The 2014 Louisiana gas station list I received from the Louisiana Fuels division was NOT in the format I expected.   I was expecting one list with columns showing if a station sold E10, E0 or both.  This will take me quite a bit longer than I expected……..so bear with me for finalizing the update. 

Due to the number of errors on the State provided list of ethanol FREE stations, I am having to call each station on the provided list, PLUS my old list to assure my new list is accurate.  I’m being slowed by yard work and getting my garden cleaned up and tilled to plant my spring crop……

I was able to complete updates on about 12 Louisiana Parishes to date.  I will not load onto the website until I have completed ALL 64 Parishes.  Completed another few Parishes…..going slow.

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Today I posted an ethanol article titled “A Revolution Marches on Its Stomach“.  The author of this article reveals how high food prices and shortages are causing riots in some Countries.  There are many reasons for the prices and availability as explained in the article, BUT, the U.S. ethanol policy is a major contributor.  According to the author “America is the world’s undisputed food superpower, the Saudi Arabia of grain”.  So, when the U.S. converts 40% of it’s corn crop into fuel, and as a result, the price of corn skyrockets (from less than $2/bushel in 2005 to over $7/bushel in early 2014), it causes prices of ALL GRAINS to skyrocket also.  So, with the U.S. being one of the largest exporters of corn and other grains to poor countries, the high prices are creating a shortage and that is leading to riots.  It is difficult to predict if this will get worse before it gets better.

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Alex Box Stadium – Skip Bertman Field

READY FOR BASEBALL? THE TIME IS HERE FANS!

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Here is the link to the Tiger’s Baseball schedule:

www.lsusports.net/SportSelect.dbml?&&DB_OEM_ID=5200&SPID=2173&SPSID=27866

(Shows game schedule, date, times, home/away and TV coverage)

LSU’s Record (4/15/2014) …28-9-1 (8-6-1 SEC)!

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BREAKING NEWS:  The new Baseball polls come out on Monday (4/14).  LSU is now ranked #7 (was 8) in the USA Today/Coaches Poll, #14 (was 15) in the Collegiate Baseball poll and #12 (was 16) in the Baseball America Poll.   I might add that Ole Miss, the Tigers next opponent is rated just behind LSU in most of these polls.

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Here is the Tigers schedule for the rest of this week:

NOTE:  The weekend series with Ole Miss is to be played on Thursday, Friday and Saturday so as to be off on Easter Sunday. 

 Tue (4/15) - LSU 13 –  Southern Miss  5 - ”The Wally Pontiff Jr Classic”

Thur (4/17) - LSU vs Ole Miss – Oxford – 6:30 pmESPNU TV98.1 FM radio 

Fri (4/18)LSU vs Ole Miss – Oxford – 6:30 pm - NO TV98.1 FM radio 

Sat (4/19)LSU vs Ole Miss – Oxford – 1:00 pm - FSN TV98.1 FM radio

Tue (4/22)LSU vs Tulane – Alex Box – 6:30 pm - CST TV - 98.1 FM radio

GAME COMMENTS:  The Tigers pitched about 6 different pitchers.  They finished the game with 13 runs on 15 hits, 4 walks and one error. The “Star” of the Tuesday LSU vs Southern Miss game was center fielder Andrew Stevens who went 4 for 4 PLUS a walk.  

OLE MISS RECORD:  Ole Miss has a current record of 29-9 overall and 9-6 SEC, one game better than LSU.  They have good pitching and hitting.  It should be a good matchup.  

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* NEW CHANGES TO ETHANOL FREE GAS LIST *

We removed XXX ethanol FREE location in Louisiana this past week:

No new removals or additions at this time.

We also added ONE new ethanol FREE location in Louisiana this week:

Riverstop (Chevron Station), 31539 Hwy 22, Springfield, LA (Livingston Parish) – the station sells E0 and E10 both

NOTE: If any reader locates a store that is selling ethanol FREE gas but is not on our list, PLEASE send me the information asked for on the “Ethanol Facts” page so we can add it to the list!

We encourage all readers to patronize retailers who sell ethanol FREE gas.  If they are not profitable selling EO, they may convert to sell ethanol gas and stores with EO will become harder and harder to find.                                                                                                                                                                                          ———————————————————————————————————-

 Have a GREAT week readers!  

“Pete”        

 

A REVOLUTION MARCHES ON ITS STOMACH

A REVOLUTION MARCHES ON ITS STOMACH

By Joshua Keating – Slate – April 8, 2014

 

Demonstrations in Caracas, Venezula Over Food Shortage

People may vote with their pocketbooks, but more often than not, they revolt with their bellies. If you want to predict where political instability, revolution, coups d’etat, or interstate warfare will occur, the best factor to keep an eye on is not GDP, the human development index, or energy prices.

“If I were to pick a single indicator—economic, political, social—that I think will tell us more than any other, it would be the price of grain,” says Lester Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute, who has been writing about the politics and economics of food since the 1950s.

Food, of course, is never the sole driver of instability or uprising. Corruption, a lack of democracy, ethnic tension—these better known factors may be critical—but food is often the difference between an unhappy but quiescent population and one in revolt.

Take Venezuela, where a toxic combination of gas subsidies, currency controls, and hoarding have led to chronic food shortages—a major factor motivating the anti-government protests that have wracked the country since the beginning of this year.

It’s not always high prices that are to blame. Behind the ongoing protests against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in Thailand, in addition to concerns over corruption and a debate on the future of the country’s democracy, is a probe over a controversial rice-hoarding scheme that has led to a global glut.

This idea isn’t exactly new. “We’ve known since the times of the Roman poet Juvenal”—he of bread and circuses fame—“that food is an inherently political commodity,” says Cullen Hendrix, a political scientist at the University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Relations and a leading authority on the relationship between food and conflict.

If you’re the dictator of a small, rich country, you can theoretically feed your population indefinitely.

Two events have renewed interest among scholars in the relationship between food prices and political instability. The first was the 2007–08 food crisis, which triggered food riots in countries from Haiti to Bangladesh to Mozambique.

The second was the Arab Spring, the first signs of which were riots in response to high food prices in Algeria and Tunisia. The revolutions that swept the Middle East that year were, of course, primarily the result of a population frustrated by decades of dictatorship and corruption, but according to Hendrix, Egypt’s revolution, in particular, is impossible to fully understand without taking into account the role of food.

Autocratic governments have a habit of keeping food and fuel prices artificially low through subsidies and price controls. As Hendrix puts it, “Rational leaders have an incentive to cater to the preferences of urbanites. They are closer to the center of power, they face lower costs for collective action, they live in dense environments in which protests are particularly threatening to a leader. So what do these urbanites want? They want cheap food.”

If you’re the dictator of a small, rich country, you can theoretically feed your population indefinitely. In 2011, for instance, while revolutions were sweeping the region, oil-rich Kuwait announced that it would commemorate the anniversary of the country’s liberation from Iraq by giving every citizen a grant of 1,000 dinars ($3,545) and free food for 13 months. The message to citizens was pretty clear.

Egypt is the most populous country in the Arab world and is not blessed with a significant amount of arable land or oil reserves; its rulers don’t have options like Kuwait’s. Egypt has a history of food-based instability. In 1977, under pressure from the World Bank, Anwar Sadat severely curtailed food subsidies. In the resulting “bread intifada,” strikes and rioting lasted for two days and around 800 people were killed.

By 2011, food and fuel subsidies accounted for a staggering 8 percent of Egypt’s GDP. Hosni Mubarak’s government could no longer afford to feed his population into submission. Even with subsidies, grain prices jumped 30 percent in Egypt between 2010 and 2011, and the uprising began in January 2011.

The Arab Spring may become the textbook example of the geopolitics of food prices—the food riots and subsequent revolutions transfixed the world. But shifts in food price may be responsible for an even more profound reordering of global power. Food may explain why everything changed during the 1980s.

After a price shock in the late 1970s, food prices underwent a slump during the early and mid-1980s. A confluence of factors included slowing economic growth; the spread of the “green revolution,” which improved the efficiency of agriculture in developing countries; and the falling price of oil.

Food Price and Food Price Index

This slump played a role in many of the larger geopolitical trends of the era, according to Argentinian economist Eugenio Diaz-Bonilla. The Soviet Union, which was a net exporter of commodities, was hit hard economically, and by the end of the decade was near collapse. Growth was sluggish throughout the decade in Latin America, where most economies are based on agriculture. Dictatorships were overthrown in Ecuador, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, and Chile. African countries entered a period of economic stagnation and civil strife that the continent only recently started to recover from. The emerging tigers of East Asia, meanwhile, such as China and South Korea, benefited from low prices on the food they import.

In the 1990s, food prices began to rise and have continued increasing ever since, with the exception of a brief blip during the global economic crisis in the late 2000s. Overall, the food price index as measured by the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization is twice what it was in 1991. There’s little to suggest they’re going to fall any time soon.

Brown argues that today’s high prices are fundamentally different than spikes of the past. For one thing, demand is being driven today less by growing populations than by an increasing number of a people “moving up the food chain,” adopting middle-class lifestyles with middle-class diets, including more meat and dairy. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the global middle class will grow from 1.8 billion people in 2009 to 3.2 billion by 2020 and 4.9 billion by 2030. That’s great news for human well-being, but it will inevitably put pressure on food supplies. (The average American currently eats 50 percent more calories per day than the average Indian.)

Then there’s the fact that we seem to have maxed out the amount of food we can grow on the land we’re currently cultivating. Corn yields per acre in the United States, for instance, haven’t gone up significantly since the mid-2000s. Rice yields in China have flat-lined for longer than that. Barring another technological breakthrough on the level of the green revolution or a global economic collapse, we may be stuck with the food supply we’ve got for the foreseeable future.

America is the world’s undisputed food superpower, the Saudi Arabia of grain.

Global warming complicates the food picture by both disrupting growing seasons and exacerbating water shortages. The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change addresses the issue of food security specifically, predicting that “Global temperature increases of 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit or more above late-20th-century levels, combined with increasing food demand, would pose large risks to food security globally and regionally.”

So what does a world of permanently expensive food mean for global politics? Likely a lot more global instability in countries that are already among the world’s conflict hotspots. As a recent World Food Program report, co-authored by Hendrix, points out, “Sixty-five percent of the world’s food-insecure people live in seven countries: India, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Ethiopia, of which all but China have experienced civil conflict in the past decade, with DRC, Ethiopia, India, and Pakistan currently embroiled in civil conflicts.” And China, it should be pointed out, hasn’t been all that quiet. With about 180,000 protests per year, the government now spends about $125 billion annually on riot control.

China’s growing demand for food is a political issue not just for Beijing but for other governments as well. For years, the Chinese Communist Party has maintained an ideological commitment to grain self-sufficiency, a policy it has only recently begun to back away from—a shift that affects markets around the world.

China has also been at the forefront of the trend of buying large tracts of land in developing countries to meet demand for grain back home, a practice denounced by critics as “land grabs.” State-connected Chinese firms have purchased a swath of farmland the size of Luxembourg in Argentina as well as about 5 percent of Ukraine’s territory.

Purchases on this scale bring up obvious concerns over sovereignty. Anger over the purchase of half of Madagascar’s arable land by the South Korean conglomerate Daewoo was a major precipitating factor in the overthrow of Madagascar’s government in 2009.

Asked what countries might be sites of food-driven insecurity in the near future, Brown points to Nigeria, a nation roughly the size of Texas that could have more people than the United States by 2050. Nigeria has ample farmland, but like most countries in West Africa, it imports most of the food it consumes, making it extremely sensitive to global price fluctuations. Attempts to cut the country’s longstanding fuel subsidies have sparked riots, and a steep change in food prices could do the same.

In general, countries in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa will likely be most sensitive to food insecurity. Food shortage and conflict can also be mutually reinforcing, as in the war-torn Central African Republic where prices in stores have skyrocketed in recent weeks after Muslim shopkeepers fled ethnic violence.

If there’s a winner in a world of scarce and expensive food, it’s likely to be the United States. America is the world’s undisputed food superpower, the Saudi Arabia of grain. Brown notes that Iowa alone grows more grain than all of Canada*. The United States as a whole grows more soybeans than China. And due to generous federal subsidies for ethanol, the United States isn’t even growing nearly the amount of food it could. Forty percent of our corn is going into fuel.

Yes, we’re likely to see shortage of imported foods like avocados and limes, and droughts and erratic weather will continue to drive price fluctuations, but the United States is still likely to be one of the last countries to experience the consequences of a hungry planet—and it will be the source of a significant amount of the rest of  the world’s food.

Of course, in the long term, a world where an increasing number of people are facing foodless days and an increasing number of countries are facing food-driven instability could be dangerous for everyone.

Correction, April 9, 2014: This article originally misstated that Lester Brown noted that Iowa alone grows more wheat than all of Canada. He noted that Iowa grows more grain than Canada. (Return.)

HOW MUCH ARE YOU PREPARED TO PAY FOR A NON-EXISTENT PRODUCT?

HOW MUCH ARE YOU PREPARED TO PAY FOR A NON-EXISTENT PRODUCT?

By Smarter Fuel Future – April, 2014

As the most promising advanced biofuels producer in the U.S. narrowly escapes bankruptcy — again — the Senate is considering a plan to continue subsidizing the nonexistent fuel.

On Thursday, April 3, a bill known as the EXPIRE Act made its way out of the Senate Finance Committee. If passed, the EXPIRE Act would renew a slew of energy tax credits slated to expire, including the extension of the $1.01 tax credit for any cellulosic biofuel produced through 2015 — a measure that could cost taxpayers another $55 million.

The problem here remains the inability of advanced biofuels companies, like KiOR — the aforementioned near-failed company — to actually bring those fuels to market.

NOTE:  Click on the graph to enlarge, then click your browser’s back arrow to return to article

This chart compares the level of advanced biofuels the EPA expected (and mandated) be produced and the reality of the current market. There isn’t enough production for consumers to actually notice, let alone meet the mandate, and yet the ongoing cost of supporting the biofuel industry through mandates and subsidies is estimated at almost $160 billion from 2008 to 2022.

Gina McCarthy, EPA Administrator, said in a hearing on March 27, the “goal of the Renewable Fuel Standard” is “to get to advanced and cellulosic.” Yet, according to government Energy Information Administration, as far out as 2040 it is unlikely that we’ll be anywhere close to the mandated level of cellulosics.

That’s right, even the government predicts we won’t be able to meet the government’s own mandate. That makes sense.

With advanced biofuel producers on the brink of complete failure, the real winners of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) are land-grabbing corn ethanol producers who continue to rake in record-high profits at the expense of American consumers. Despite being widely discredited as an environmentally-friendly fuel, corn ethanol continues to meet more than 80 percent of the RFS mandate.

Unfortunately, the technology simply does not yet exist to produce the amounts of advanced biofuels needed in today’s market and continuing to mandate ethanol production is driving us farther away from our goals.

Tell McCarthy and the EPA: lower the mandate and stop protecting dirty corn.

US GASOLINE PRICES REACH SIX-MONTH HIGH AS ETHANOL CLIMBS

US GASOLINE PRICES REACH SIX-MONTH HIGH AS ETHANOL CLIMBS

By Barbara Powell – Fuel Fix/Bloomberg News – April 2, 2014

U.S. consumers are paying the most in six months for gasoline because of declining supplies and rising costs for the ethanol added to the fuel. Prices probably will keep climbing, the largest U.S. motoring group said.

Gasoline, averaging $3.561 a gallon at the pump, already costs the most since September, according to AAA. Prices for ethanol, the fuel additive mandated by the government, are the highest in more than seven years after freezing weather and a shortage of rail cars slowed distribution and reduced inventories.

Supplies of gasoline were the lowest since November in the week ended March 21 as demand reached a 13-week high during a period of seasonal refinery repairs, according to the Energy Information Administration. Prices for ethanol derived from corn and blended with gasoline at a ratio of at least 10 percent, may extend gains as distillers take plants offline for routine spring maintenance before the summer driving season.

“We expect that the peak for gasoline prices will be in April with the most likely outcome about $3.65,” said Michael Green, a spokesman for AAA in Washington. “It could go to $3.75 if refineries have problems coming out of spring maintenance.”

Pump pricesTop 10 states with highest and lowest gasoline prices

Gasoline futures advanced 4.5 percent in the first quarter to $2.911 a gallon on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract for May delivery fell 1.2 percent to $2.8356 at 8:21 a.m. Wednesday, the fourth consecutive decline.

Record advance

Ethanol climbed a record 81 percent in the quarter, surpassing the 65 percent gain during the third quarter of 2005 when the biofuel replaced methyl tertiary butyl ether as the primary source of octane for gasoline refiners.

Denatured ethanol for April delivery touched $3.578 a gallon Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade, the highest intraday price since July 2006. Ethanol’s premium to May gasoline reached 64.7 cents on April 1. The additive has averaged a 17.39-cent discount to the motor fuel since 2005.

Prices at the pump have been rising even as gasoline futures has retreated 5.9 percent from a year-to-date peak on March 3. Congestion on the nation’s rail lines has delayed shipments from the Midwest, where about 89 percent of ethanol plants are located, to terminals in the Northeast where it’s blended with gasoline before delivery to filling stations. East Coast ethanol stockpiles are down 21 percent from a year ago to the lowest level since 2008.

“Suppliers and blenders are passing off the higher cost of ethanol through to the pump,” said Amrita Sen, chief oil market strategist at Energy Aspects Ltd., a research company in London.

Ethanol premium

In New York, the biofuel cost $1.56 more than the gasoline it got mixed with Tuesday, up from a discount of 34.63 cents on Jan. 2.

Federal outlook: Ethanol use to hit record as corn prices slump

Drivers in the Northeast are already paying as much as 11 cents a gallon extra after ethanol in New York jumped $1.10 in March, according to data from Bloomberg. The average gallon of regular gasoline nationwide has risen 29.2 cents from its year’s low of $3.269 on Feb. 6, according to Heathrow, Florida-based AAA. California drivers are paying $4.007 a gallon.

“The ethanol market has been screaming,” said Phil Flynn, senior market analyst at Price Futures Group in Chicago. “But I think gasoline and ethanol are close to the peak and we should pull back over the next couple of weeks.”

Falling supply

Ethanol inventories in the week ended March 21 were down 10 percent from a year earlier, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

Replenishing that supply is going to be difficult as companies wrestle with when to perform seasonal maintenance and a lack of availability of rail cars, said Julie Ward, an assistant vice president at R.J. O’Brien & Associates, a brokerage in Des Moines, Iowa.

“Until they can get this logistics situation turned around” ethanol prices are going to remain strong, she said. “It’s just a double whammy.”

Demand for gasoline will average 8.79 million barrels a day in 2014, up from 8.77 million in 2013, the EIA, the statistical arm of the U.S. Energy Department, said in its Short Term Energy Outlook on March 11. Supplies fell as refiners reduced capacity during seasonal repairs and sold off winter-grade fuel to make way for summer gasoline, which is costlier to blend.

Stockpiles probably shrank another 2 million barrels last week, according to the median estimate of nine analysts in a survey by Bloomberg.

Inventory turnover

“It’s the rapid turnover in inventories that has surprised people,” said Harry Tchilinguirian, head of commodity markets strategy at BNP Paribas SA in London. “Inventories are now at the bottom of the range on the five-year average for this particular time of year.”

Fuel efficiency: California may cut gasoline demand 9 percent by 2020

Gasoline stocks typically begin their seasonal rise after refiners complete maintenance. Production rises to meet summer demand and to winnow down crude inventories, which rose to a 16-week high in the seven days ended March 21.

“Inventories should start building once we head into April,” said Andrew Lebow, a senior vice president at Jefferies Bache LLC in New York. “We’re looking for output to be 150,000 barrels a day higher.”

Pump prices have risen in April three of the past five years by an average of 3 cents a gallon, Green of AAA said. The pace of this year’s increases slowed to 3 cents over the past two weeks from 6 cents the prior two weeks, he said.

Retail gasoline prices in 2013 peaked at $3.786 on Feb. 26. The average U.S. pump price on March 31 at $3.561 was this year’s high and 7.6 cents lower than a year earlier.

“We’re not necessarily going to achieve the same peak this year,” Tchilinguirian said.

Article Link:  http://fuelfix.com/blog/2014/04/02/us-pump-prices-reach-six-month-high-as-ethanol-climbs/

REP. WELCH: ETHANOL MANDATE ‘KILLIN’ FARMERS

REP. WELCH: ETHANOL MANDATE ‘KILLIN’ FARMERS

By Timothy Cama – The Hill – April 10, 2014

Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) urged his colleagues to remove a corn-based ethanol mandate from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), saying the mandate hurts a diverse range of people and businesses including farmers, small engine users and restaurants.

Dairy farming is a major industry in Vermont. Welch said the ethanol mandate, which started in 2005, has created a new demand for corn and other grains and raised feed costs for livestock farmers.

“They were telling me about how much their grain costs were going up, and it’s killing them,” Welch said Thursday at a policy forum on the RFS hosted by The Hill. “And they were attributing that to ethanol.”

The RFS, administered by the Environmental Protection Agency, requires that fuel refiners blend a certain amount of renewable fuels per year into their gasoline and diesel. It specifically requires a some level of corn-based ethanol.

Welch started to oppose the RFS shortly after he began serving Vermont’s at-large congressional district in 2007. He told a story about how ethanol once wrecked a chainsaw he owned.

“I left it with the gas in, and I couldn’t get it started, and I was pretty blue about it,” Welch said. “I brought it into my small engine guy, Lloyd, and he said ‘Peter, you left the ethanol in there, and it wrecks it.’ ”

The increased food costs that hurt livestock farmers also hurt restaurants, Welch said.

Citing the original RFS goals of reducing carbon emissions and using cleaner fuels, Welch called the mandate “a well-intentioned flop.”

Meanwhile, the environmental benefits that RFS supporters predicted have not been borne out, he said. The mandate hasn’t significantly reduced emissions and it’s caused 23 million acres of land — the size of Indiana — to be farmed for the first time.

Furthermore, the energy it takes to produce ethanol is close to the amount of energy in the fuel.

“Many studies suggest that it’s in the negative or barely positive,” Welch said. “But it’s close. It’s not this huge benefit in renewable fuel that had originally been advertised.”

Welch has sponsored a bill to repeal the corn-based ethanol requirement, while leaving the advanced biofuel mandate in place.

Following Welch’s comments, Paul Bledsoe, president of public policy firm Bledsoe and Associates, moderated a panel of stakeholders who oppose the corn-based ethanol mandate.

The National Council of Chain Restaurants commissioned research that found that the mandate increased food costs by $3.2 billion a year for chain restaurants.

“It affects poultry, beef, pork, other agricultural products. And at a local level … it costs $18,000 a year for each restaurant because of the RFS,” said Rob Green, executive director of the group. “And if you sell more beef, it can be as high as $35,000 a year per restaurant.”

Scott Faber, vice president of government relations at the Environmental Working Group, said corn-based ethanol emits more pollutants when burned than gasoline, while causing wetlands to be converted for agricultural use.

Dominic Albino, a scholar with the New England Complex Systems Institute, said his organization found a link between the RFS and a rise in global conflict.

“Our research has also shown that, since 2005, the major drivers of increased food prices are conversion of corn to ethanol and financial speculation in food commodities,” Albino said.

Michael McAdams, president of the Advanced Biofuels Association, said the fight over ethanol has hurt his industry, which uses woody sources that do not interfere with the food supply.

“We’ve become the collateral damage association, because we’ve had this unbelievably focused, pitched debate between these two behemoth industries,” McAdams said. “It’s created a cloud in the financial community to have the confidence to make the investments in the people I represent.”

 

DR. SCOTT, ALLEVA DISCUSS ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY

DR. SCOTT, ALLEVA DISCUSS ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY

By Michael Bonnette/Sr. Assoc. Athletic Director – LSU Sports.net – April 10, 2014

BATON ROUGE – LSU Athletics generated $397.5 million in new sales to Baton Rouge area firms, including $119.7 million in new household earnings, in 2012 according to an updated study by former LSU economics professor Dr. Loren C. Scott.

The report, “It’s Not Just Entertainment: The Economic Impact of LSU Sports on Louisiana and The Baton Rouge Metro,” tracks the direct and indirect effects of LSU Athletics on the local and statewide economy.  The study is the third done by Scott on LSU Athletics. Scott’s first report on LSU Athletics was released in May of 1991 with the second in January of 2002.

“LSU Athletics are a community investment,” LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva said. “This study shows the important impact that LSU Athletics have on the community, and how important it is for the community to help LSU Athletics through traffic, parking and support.”

Scott’s study shows that LSU Athletics has an impact of $397.5 million in new sales in the Baton Rouge area and is responsible for 3,948 jobs for Baton Rouge area residents. LSU Athletics also generates $2.8 million in new sales taxes for local governments.

Scott said that because of LSU sporting events, civic groups in the Baton Rouge area, which assist in running the concession stands at the different venue on campus, pocketed $815,000 in 2012.

“We are partners with the community,” Alleva said. “LSU Athletics has a huge financial impact on the Baton Rouge community.

“Because of that impact, it is really important that we provide a quality fan experience for all of our fans that make this possible; for the previous years, the 92,000 fans that have come and the over 100,000 fans that are soon to come. It is our job in athletics, and the community’s job, to make this experience as pleasant as possible. That includes parking and that includes traffic flow. We have had a traffic study done and we are going to partner with the city and the police to make that experience as seamless as possible.”

LSU has sold out of football season tickets for the past 10 years and an estimated 1.5 million fans come to campus for LSU sporting events each year, making the ease of traffic and parking of paramount importance for the athletic department. With the south side expansion to Tiger Stadium for the 2014 season, LSU will see an additional 8,000 fans in Tiger Stadium each Saturday.

On a statewide level, the impact of LSU sports contributed $331.6 million in new sales to Louisiana firms, which includes $114.7 in new household earnings in the state. Over 3,700 jobs for Louisiana residents can be traced back to LSU Athletics. The LSU Athletic Department is responsible for $8 million in revenue for the state treasury.

From a revenue standpoint in the 2012 fiscal year, the LSU Athletic Department generated close to $98.7 million in direct revenues from areas such as ticket sales, concessions and gift center, and television contracts, with the Tiger Athletic Foundation adding another $56.1 million and LSU sports camps contributing $2 million.

“We cannot do this without our fans,” Alleva said. “We have the greatest fans in the country. We need our fans to have a quality experience when they come to events. In my mind, that is the whole reason for this (study). It also shows that it works both ways: how LSU helps community and how the community helps LSU Athletics”

According to Scott, for a typical game in Tiger Stadium the average fan from outside of the Baton Rouge Metro area spends $160.59 in the state with $121.98 of that spent in the Baton Rouge community. Over a seven-game home season, total spending by fans from outside the Baton Rouge area is $62.8 million in Louisiana with $47.7 million of that being spent in the four-parish Baton Rouge Metro area.

Scott said that on any given Saturday night during the fall, there are more fans in Tiger Stadium than the number of people living in 49 of the 64 parishes in Louisiana.

Another component of Scott’s study was that of construction spending by LSU Athletics over the past 14 years. Scott said that during the 14-year period, LSU construction spending meant $783 million in new sales at firms in the Baton Rouge area with $250.3 million of that going to household earnings for Metro area residents.

In recent years, LSU has done expansions to the east side and west side of Tiger Stadium, built a new Alex Box Stadium, a new softball stadium, added a basketball practice facility for the men and women, completely renovated the Carl Maddox Field House and added the football operations building. The south side expansion to Tiger Stadium is nearing completion.

Scott’s study showed that construction projects for the LSU Athletic Department over the past 14 years and future planned projects can account for more than one-third of a billion dollars ($393.1 million). The result of this spending is $20.3 million in taxes to the state treasury and $5.8 million in sales taxes in the Baton Rouge Metro area.

The LSU Athletic Department continues to be a self-sustaining entity that relies only on self-generated funds. The LSU Athletic Department receives no tax dollars or money from the state and takes no money from the academic area of the university. LSU also contributes over $7 million annually to the academic side of the university.