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   ALL ABOUT ETHANOL GASOLINE ISSUES AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!

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    *     *     *     BREAKING NEWS     *     *     *

PLEASE be sure to read an article I posted in the “Gun Control in America” section below…….Obama is getting ready to start implementing the UN Small Arms Treaty WITHOUT Senate approval………this could be DEVASTATING to our 2nd Amendment Rights.  PLEASE read the article below on Obama’s effort to give our 2nd Amendment rights to the United Nations and e-mail your States U.S. Senators and Representatives and URGE them to KILL any federal funding for Obama to implement this UN program.  See below on how to contact your States  U.S. Congressmen.

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LSU SPORTS SUMMARY:  

NOTE:  I posted a new football video in the LSU Sports Video section titled – ‘LSU Football 2015 Hype Video“.

LSU still has picked up it’s 19th 2016 commit in Kicker Connor Culp of Phoenix, Arizona.  ALSO, safety commit Eric Monroe from Texas has been re-classified to a ‘5 STAR‘ player.  Although LSU website indicates the Tigers have 19 commitments for 2016, Coach Miles yesterday indicate that the total is actually 22, as there are 3 ‘silent commits’ who do not yet want their names announced yet?   Here’s the link to 247Sports.com’s ranking of 2016 recruiting by colleges:

LINK:    http://247sports.com/Season/2016-Football/CompositeTeamRankings

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LSU SPORTS ARTICLE:  Today (8/5) I posted an article from Bleacher Report that predicts that LSU’s sophomore RB Leonard Fournette is the SEC’s best chance to win the Heisman trophy this year.   

Read the article in the LSU section

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 *  *  *   TODAY’S FEATURE ARTICLE   *  *  *

Today I posted an ethanol article from The Daily Caller titled “Florida Man to EPA:  ‘F**K You“!  Remember earlier in August, I urged readers to submit comments to the EPA on their proposal for the 2014 – 2016 Renewal Fuel Standard (RFS).  The EPA received OVER a half million (500,000+) comments, a very large portion HIGHLY NEGATIVE.  This Florida man showed his anger as described in the article, which apparently which was what MANY commentors felt also. It’s a relatively short but interesting article.  The comment period expired on August 27th.   The EPA will review all the comments and finalize their RFS numbers in late October/early November. 

NOTE:  The full “Today’s Feature Article” is always located below the LSU Sports section on this page.  Just scroll down the page to find it.  ——————————————————————————————————–

PLEASE HELP REPEAL THE ETHANOL RENEWAL FUEL STANDARD BY E-MAILING OUR U.S. CONGRESSMEN!

PLEASE CALL, WRITE OR E-MAIL YOUR STATE’S U.S. SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES AND URGE THEM TO REPEAL THE RFS NOW – READ THE INFORMATION BELOW……the bill is titled “Renewal Fuel Standard Reform Act of 2015″.  

See how to contact your States U.S. Representative and Senator on the website’s “How to Contact U.S. Congressmen” above on the page bar at the top of this page.

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  *  *  *   GUN CONTROL IN AMERICA   *  *  *

BREAKING GUN CONTROL  NEWS:  In the letter I referred to on Monday which I received from the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, according to Executive Director Chris Cox, “Just six months ago, the United Nations Gun Ban Treaty officially entered into force.  And, although the U.S. Senate has thus far refused to ratify the treaty, Barrack Obama is HELL-BENT on forcing us to live under every one of its freedom-crushing edicts.  Obama is trying to PASS legislation that would spur the creation of a national gun registration system – just like the U.N. Gun Ban Treaty dictates.  

Just weeks ago, four of our top pro-gun allies in the Senate – Mike Enzi, John Barrasso, Jerry Moran and James Inhofe – launched a full scale effort to BLOCK Obama from spending YOUR tax dollars to implement the U.N. Gun Ban Treaty. As the Senators rightly declared, this CRITICAL ACTIONis necessary because Secretary of State John Kerry signed the treaty and the administration is making efforts to implement it unilaterally through administrative actions.  Obama is staring us STRAIGHT IN THE EYE and daring us to stop him”.  

This is why it is SO IMPORTANT that ALL NRA members return the petition he sent us and also make a contribution to help the NRA financially to fight this battle for us!  If you are NOT an NRA member, I URGE you to consider joining if you care about our 2nd Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution.  If we don’t act, there is NO DOUBT that Obama will IMPLEMENT all the requirements of the U.N. Gun Ban Treaty and we WILL LOSE our weapons!  Don’t believe it can’t happen!  This man will stop at nothing to take our guns away from us!

NOTE:  Today, I posted an article on the website’s ‘Gun Control in America’ page titled “Kerry Signs UN Arms Trade Treaty – Civilian Disarmanent Advancing“.  I URGE you to read this article.  

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I am an NRA member and today (7/13/15) I received a letter from Chris Cox, the Executive Director of the “NRA Institute for Legislative Action”.  In his letter, he is warning Americans who believe in the 2nd Amendment and gun owners or supporters, that Obama is getting ready to start implementing the UN Small Arms Treaty agenda WITHOUT the Senate’s approval.  Tomorrow I will post excerpts from the letter.  For readers who may have not followed my posts on the website’s “Gun Control in America” page, I posted an article last year about the UN Small Arms Treaty.  Obama had his Secretary of State John Kerry sign the treaty for the U.S. last year.  BUT, it requires Senate approval before anything can be done with it.  Obama KNOWS he will NEVER get Senate approval, so he will try to go it alone.  Here is the summary of what the UN Small Arms Treaty would do to our 2nd Amendment GUN rights: 

NOTE:  Click on the letter to enlarge it, then click your browser’s left arrow to return to the website page.

UN Disarmament Plan For America

I URGE you to read the 1st paragraph closely.  Then, pay PARTICULAR attention to items 6 and 7 if there is ANY DOUBT what this treaty would to to our Constitution’s 2nd Amendment!  The NRA is a very powerful lobby group for our gun rights, BUT, they need more help.  If you are NOT currently an NRA member, I URGE you to consider joining TODAY.  See the link below to join.

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I’ll ONLY post here when I add a new article to the “Gun Control in America” page. 

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.  Dues for the NRA are only $25/year and $35/year for the NAGR.

Here’s how (the NRA is the most powerful and influential):

NRA:   http://home.nra.org/

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

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 *    *    *   WEBSITE NEWS    *    *    *

 I have resumed my update of our website’s Louisiana ethanol free gas list.  As I indicted when I began this considerable effort, I will update the list on the website when I am completed.  This is a VERY time consuming effort, so bear with me.  

I finished Livingston Parish (going alphabetically), and am now working on Orleans Parish.  I had stopped working on the gas list update during the peak of football season.  I will resume working on the list later this week.

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*   *   *   FOOTBALL SEASON IS NEAR   *   *   *

*  30 DAYS TIL 1st FOOTBALL GAME ON SEPT 5th  *

'Death Valley' on Saturday Night

‘Death Valley’ on Saturday Night

 Here is the link to the LSU Tigers 2015 Football Schedule:  

Link:  www.lsusports.net/SportSelect.dbml?&&DB_OEM_ID=5200&SPID=2164&SPSID=27811

The Tigers report for fall camp on August 5th (TODAY).    

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Today I posted a sports article from Bleacher Report which reports that they believe LSU’s Sophomore RB Leonard Fournette is the SEC’s best chance of winning a Heisman Trophy this year.   

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LEONARD FOURNETTE IS THE SEC’s BEST CHANCE TO WIN 2015 HEISMAN TROPHY

By Christopher Walsh/SEC Lead Writer – Bleacher Report – July 27, 2015

 

LSU Sophomore RB Leonard Fournette

LSU Sophomore RB Leonard Fournette

It was a simple four-yard run up the middle, which, thanks to a small cutback, resulted in the prodigy scoring nearly untouched during a 56-0 victory against Sam Houston State.

Yet, Leonard Fournette couldn’t help himself after his first career touchdown last September.

Having already said that he wanted to win the Heisman Trophy as a freshman, and egged on by cheering fans at Tiger Stadium, the running back struck the famous pose only to be criticized far and wide for immature showboating.

It began with his own head coach, who greeted him back on the sideline with: “We have to talk.”

“It kind of happened in the moment,” said Fournette, who apologized to his teammates and is still regularly asked about it. “I was excited. It was a little childish of me.”

Although Les Miles was partially to blame after helping build up the hype, it was really the first time that Fournette got a taste of what being in the college football spotlight was really all about.

Out of St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, he had been considered the 2014 recruiting class’ crown jewel—Fournette was listed as the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect by ESPN.com and Scout.comNo. 2 by 247Sports and No. 4 by Rivals.

During 2014 SEC media days, Miles actually made an eye-raising comparison to Michael Jordan, while senior running back Terrence Magee said Fournette reminded him of Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings.

Read full article here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2532747-leonard-fournette-is-the-secs-best-chance-to-win-2015-heisman-trophy?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=lsu-football

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LSU’S 2016 FOOTBALL COMMITMENTS:

The Tiger’s 2016 class with 19 commitments is now ranked 2nd in the Nation by BOTH 247 Sports and Rivals!

NOTE:  Eric Monroe from North Shore, Houston has been re-ranked a ‘5 STAR’ player – this gives LSU three (3) ‘5 STAR‘ commits for 2016.

The Tigers received it’s 19th commitment for the 2016 class on August 3, 2015 from Kicker Connor Culp from Phoenix, Arizona.  

 LSU’s 2016 Class commitments as of August 4, 2015 (19 total):

- Saivion Smith (5 STAR) – CB, 6’1”, 175,  Bradenton, FL

- Edwin Alexander (5 STAR) – DT, 6;2”, 310, St. Thomas Aquinas, NO

- Eric Monroe (5 STAR) – S, 6’0”, 180,  North Shore, Houston, TX

- Erick Fowler (4 STAR) – LB, 6’1”, 232,  Manor, TX

- Andre Anthony (4 STAR) – DE, 6’3”, 225,  Edna Karr, NO

- Clifford Chattman (4 STAR) – LB, 6’5”, 190,  McDonough, NO

- Jamal Pettigrew (4 STAR) – TE, 6’5″, 225,  St Augustine, NO

- Cam Lewis (4 STAR) – S, 6’2”, 190, Wossman, LA

- Feleipe Franks (4 STAR) - QB, 6′ 5″, 205, Crawfordville, FL

- Dee Anderson (4 STAR) – WR, 6’4”, 176, Mesquite, Texas

- Stephen Sullivan (4 STAR) – WR, 6’6”, 215, Donaldsonville, LA

- Andraez Williams (4 STAR) – CB, 6’2”, 166, Calvary Baptist, LA

- Glen Logan (4 STAR) – DT, 6’4”, 300, Destrehan, LA

Connor Culp (3 STAR) – K, 5’10”, 180, Phoenix, Arizona

- Da’Monte Coxie (3 STAR) – WR, 6’3″, 180, East St John, LA

- Rahssan Thorton (3 STAR) – LB, 6’3”, 215, Killeen, TX

- Donavaughn Campbell (3 STAR) – OL, 6’6″, 340, Ponchatoula, LA 

- Caleb Roddy (3 STAR) – DE, 6’5”, 241, Denham Springs, LA

- Jakary Savage (3 STAR) – OL, 6’6”, 300, Bay Minette, AL

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HERE ARE THE TOP 10 SCHOOLS IN RANKING:

 The Chase for the Recruiting Champion powered by 247Sports Composite
Team Total 5 4 3 Avg Points
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2
LSULSU 17 2 10 5 92.09 267.16
2
-1
Florida StateFlorida State 18 3 9 6 91.20 264.75
3
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Ohio StateOhio State 16 0 13 3 91.93 255.43
4 MiamiMiami 22 0 10 12 87.84 236.92
5 AlabamaAlabama 15 0 8 7 90.20 231.17
6 Michigan StateMichigan State 19 0 6 13 88.31 226.65
7
1
Ole MissOle Miss 14 1 5 8 89.68 214.94
8
6
MichiganMichigan 16 0 6 8 86.97 204.19
9
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GeorgiaGeorgia 11 2 4 5 91.48 202.47
10
-1
UCLAUCLA 13 0 6 6 88.06 194.51

NOTES:  The ‘Total‘ column indicates the number of commitments.  The 5, 4, 3 columns represent 5 Star, 4 Star and 3 Star ratings for commits. 

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* NEW CHANGES TO ETHANOL FREE GAS LIST *

 We removed TWO ethanol FREE location in Louisiana recently:

Dalton’s Grocery, 12198 LA Hwy 165S, Glenmora, LA (Rapides Parish) – caught selling ethanol gas WITHOUT pump labels. Thanks to Mr. Miller for the info.

United Food Store, 3500 Airline Hwy, Metairie, LA – store closed and for sale.
Thanks for Mr. Williams for letting me know.

We added FIVE new ethanol FREE location in Louisiana recently:

Tensas One Stop, 1106 Plank Road, Saint Joseph, LA (Tensas Parish) – 318-766-4325.  Thanks to Mr. Roberts for the info!

MandeBay Car Wash & Gas Station, 2595 Florida St, Mandeville (St Tammany Parish) – 985-778-0820. Thanks to Mr. McCormick for the info!

Steven Dupuis Oil Bulk Plant, 114 Cason Road, Broussard, Lafayette Parish, 337-445-3188 – Thanks to Mr. Dupuis for letting me know!

Lee’s Hardware, 3525 N. University Ave, Lafayette, Lafayette Parish, 337-896-4186 – Thanks for Mr. Guilbeau for letting me know. 

James Truck Center, 221 Taylor Road, DeRidder, Beauregard Parish, 337-462-8884 – Thanks to the Store owner for letting me know.

NOTEIf 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”        

FLORIDA MAN TO EPA: ‘F**K YOU!’

FLORIDA MAN TO EPA: ‘F**K YOU!’

By Michael Bastasch – Daily Caller – July 27, 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency is taking comments on its proposal to increase the amount of biofuels refineries have to blend into the country’s fuel supply for this year and next, but its proposal has got one Florida resident really pissed off.

“What the hell is wrong with the EPA, we have more oil available than ever and higher food prices due to Ethanol and you want to add more of that Ethanol junk????????” the Florida man wrote to the agency in publicly filed comments.

“Fuck You!” the man wrote in comments, first reported by Politico.

This Florida man is not the only one who is angry with the EPA for increasing biofuel blending requirements.

Earlier this year, the EPA proposed blending 7.40 billion gallons of biofuels into U.S. fuel supplies despite heavy opposition from a wide range of industries, environmentalists and anti-hunger groups. The EPA’s biofuel mandate, called the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), has been blamed for increasing food prices, harming the environment and endangering vehicle engines.

“The corn ethanol mandate has failed to live up to its expectations, spewed millions of tons of greenhouse gases into air and polluted American waterways with chemical farm runoff,” said Mike Lavender with the Environmental Working Group. “Worse still, the mandate has had other unintended consequences, such as engine damage and increased food price volatility.”

The oil and gas industry is even preparing to launch an ad campaign against the RFS. On Monday, industry groups filed public comments against the EPA’s proposal to increase biofuel blending requirements.

“High ethanol blends – such as E15 and E85 – that EPA is pushing are not compatible with most cars on the road today, and they could potentially put American consumers and their vehicles at risk,” Bob Greco, the downstream director at the American Petroleum Institute, told reporters on a conference call.

Most American cars are only made to handle fuels blended with 10 percent ethanol or less, but corn growers and ethanol producers have lobbied the EPA to allow for higher blends of ethanol to be mixed into fuels — these mixes could potentially harm car engines.

 

BIKERS, BOATERS AND BIG OIL UNITE IN FIGHT AGAINST BIOFUEL

BIKERS, BOATERS AND BIG OIL UNITE IN FIGHT AGAINST BIOFUEL

By Mario Parker – Bloomberg Business – July 31, 2015

 

Ethanol and the petroleum industry are arguing over whether the U.S. EPA should increase or reduce the nation's consumption of biofuels.

Ethanol and the petroleum industry are arguing over whether the U.S. EPA should increase or reduce the nation’s consumption of biofuels.

Count bikers, boaters and, to hear some say, even God, among those who oppose the U.S. law that forces refiners to use corn to make gasoline.

In more than 413,000 public comments to the Environmental Protection Agency, ethanol opponents are battling it out with big oil producers and farmers in a bid to reshape the 2007 law. The agency, which in May proposed lowering the amount of ethanol refiners must use in gasoline, is expected to release final targets Nov. 30.

The plan has drawn passionate responses from both sides.

“If God meant corn to be used for fuel he would have made it flammable in its natural state,” said Kathleen Baker of Clarkston, Washington, one of at least 23 people who invoked the Holy Spirit in comments to the EPA.

Tom Morgan, from Mondamin, Iowa, wrote that the ethanol mandate helps to defund “terrorists,” by reducing dependence on foreign oil. Pal Ray took aim at government intervention in the fuel markets.

Read full article here:  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-31/bikers-boaters-and-big-oil-unite-in-fight-against-u-s-biofuel

THE ETHANOL MANDATE: LEGALIZED PLUNDER

THE ETHANOL MANDATE: LEGALIZED PLUNDER

By Robert L. Bradley, Jr – The Washington Examiner – July 23, 2015

 

The RFS is a heavy-handed, Big Brother-style program that takes wealth from oil refiners and the American public to support the ethanol industry

The RFS is a heavy-handed, Big Brother-style program that takes wealth from oil refiners and the American public to support the ethanol industry

In her book “Atlas Shrugged,” Ayn Rand draws a sharp distinction between business people who risk their own money to produce goods and services and those who manipulate the machinery of government to expropriate the wealth earned by others. The former are the creators, the latter looters.

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) belongs to the looters. Enacted by Congress in 2005 and revised in 2007, the RFS is a heavy-handed, Big Brother-style program that takes wealth from oil refiners and the American public to support the ethanol industry.

By demanding the blending of larger amounts of ethanol and biofuels into the nation’s gasoline and diesel each year, the RFS has created an artificial market for renewable fuels. The mandate is not based on the fuels’ efficiency or value, but rather on some mystical ability to appease our societal guilt for burning fossil fuels and to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

Biofuels are not worth the consumer costs and taxpayer subsidies. Corn ethanol turns food into fuel and raises food prices. Ethanol also has a propensity to attract water, leading it to corrode vital engine components. And it contains less energy (Btus) than gasoline, providing fewer miles to the gallon and forcing motorists to fill up more often.

Read full article here:  http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/the-ethanol-mandate-legalized-plunder/article/2568752

RABALAIS: THEY WON’T FACE CHARGES, BUT LSU FOOTBALL TRIO DESERVES MORE THAN ‘IN HOUSE DISCIPLINE’ FROM COACH LES MILES

RABALAIS: THEY WON’T FACE CHARGES, BUT LSU FOOTBALL TRIO DESERVES MORE THAN ‘IN HOUSE DISCIPLINE’ FROM COACH LES MILES

By Scott Rabalais – The Advocate.com – July 31, 2015

 

LSU Coach Les Miles

LSU Coach Les Miles

It turned out to be little more than a summertime squall. A little potboiler of an offseason drama that galvanized the attention of the LSU fan base and once again drew into question the discipline (or lack of it) of LSU football players and whether justice is ever properly served when they are involved.

East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore announced Friday that his office will not be pressing charges against three LSU players — quarterback Anthony Jennings, defensive end Maquedius Bain and defensive back Dwayne Thomas — accused of breaking into an apartment in June.

When it happened, President Nixon’s press secretary characterized the Watergate break-in a third-rate burglary. This petty larceny wouldn’t rank nearly that high. Maybe somewhere around 25th-rate, just in the poll, or in the receiving votes category.

Read full article here:  http://theadvocate.com/sports/lsu/13060980-123/rabalais-they-wont-face-charges

WELCOME TO GREG SANKEY’S NEW-LOOK SEC

WELCOME TO GREG SANKEY’S NEW-LOOK SEC

By Barrett Sallee/SEC Lead Writer -  Bleacher Report – July 13, 2015

 

New SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey

New SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey

HOOVER, Ala. — Times, they are a-changin’.

Bob Dylan didn’t perform a set at SEC media days, but his iconic song permeated Greg Sankey’s first “State of the SEC” speech. 

Sankey proved during his inaugural address that the moment isn’t too big for him and that he’s the perfect man to take the lead in the evolving landscape of the SEC.

His new-look SEC includes a step forward into the new millennium, with his old Twitter account that was primarily used to keep tabs on media members who cover the conference becoming an active virtual microphone to connect with fans of teams within the conference.

“What started as a rather fun way for me to anonymously follow many of you has become a bit more popular,” Sankey said. “So we have updated my Twitter presence away from the old @gscantweet, which was nothing terribly secretive other than my first and last name initials, a verb and a noun—I think a noun—to @GregSankey. That’s the new Twitter handle. You can see it is accompanied by a new avatar, not only lifting the tractor tire—which I think is the most famous tractor tire lifting picture in history now—but also lifting the SEC logo.”

A new-look Twitter account is also accompanied by a new set of priorities, with an emphasis on scholars, champions and leaders.

For the second time in as many years, the SEC didn’t take home a championship in football in January. While a championship is still a priority, the progress of players off the field is Sankey’s primary goal as commissioner. 

As was the case with his predecessor Mike Slive, Sankey walks softly, carries a big stick and isn’t afraid to take shots at other conferences—in this case, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany’s thoughts on freshman ineligibility.

“Rather than focus on the conversation related to freshmen and eligibility, let’s talk about how we, in intercollegiate athletics and as universities, lead by focusing even greater attention on making sure young people are prepared for their college opportunity, promoting a college-going culture and by expecting them to make academic progress each year of their high school academic career so that when they show up on our campuses they’re fully prepared to engage in the academic culture which they encounter,” he said.

Once thought of as a regional power, the SEC has broadened its horizons over the last decade to become a national power. 

That’s not good enough for Sankey’s SEC.

“As we educate and enhance our competitive success while fulfilling what is a full range of new expectations now upon us, we, the SEC, will occupy a key leadership position within this region, across our country and throughout the world,” he said. “And understand that magnifying our global influence is not simply about playing games in London or Asia or South America—although if it’s deemed beneficial, our teams will certainly pursue those opportunities.”

The conference will place an increased focus on the success of players, both past and present. 

Sankey took pride in the fact that former Texas A&M star Dante Hall received his degree in 2014, 14 years after leaving school and entering the NFL. He gleamed when discussing former Georgia linebacker Thomas Davis returning to school and becoming the first in his family to earn a degree. He complimented former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton routinely for returning to campus the last few springs and earning his degree this May.

“We will focus on enhancing the lifelong link that’s established between our student-athletes and our universities,” he said. “And there are a multitude of meaningful illustrations about how we can achieve our goals, sometimes in new ways, of graduating every student-athlete.”

Sankey is also proud to be a trailblazer. 

One of his first initiatives as commissioner is an increased focus on player behavior. The conference passed a bylaw at its spring meetings in May that prevents players with a history of domestic assault, sexual assault or sexual violence from transferring in. 

Sankey’s hope is that the SEC will provide the blueprint for other conferences in how to manage player behavior, what can be done at the conference level and what policies are best left for individual institutions.

“We will appoint a working group on conduct expectations that will engage in reviewing our student-athlete conduct issues and policies; particularly, they will invest time to consider existing campus policies, national requirements and best practices in order to identify appropriate campus and conference expectations,” he said

The moment wasn’t too big for Sankey.

His first State of the SEC speech was his chance to not only put his stamp on the conference but announce that it is still the leader in the evolving college landscape. 

The new-look SEC is being led by a forward-thinking, innovative, pragmatic commissioner who puts the “student” part of “student-athlete” first, as it should be. A man who’s not afraid to ruffle feathers and fight for what he feels is right. A man who recognizes that being the commissioner of the SEC means more than just leading the conference but shaping the landscape of college athletics.

The more things change, the more things stay the same.

 

SCIENTIST: THE ETHANOL MANDATE HARMS AIR QUALITY, ‘LEADS TO INCREASED MORTALITY’

SCIENTIST: THE ETHANOL MANDATE HARMS AIR QUALITY, ‘LEADS TO INCREASED MORTALITY’

By Michael Bastasch – The Daily Caller – July 23, 2015

 

Raw corn is shown as it is unloaded for processing at the Lincolnway Energy plant in the town of Nevada, Iowa, December 6, 2007. U.S. food inflation is rising but don't blame the ethanol-based boom in corn prices, the head of global agriculture and food-industry research...

Raw corn is shown as it is unloaded for processing at the Lincolnway Energy plant in the town of Nevada, Iowa, December 6, 2007. U.S. food inflation is rising but don’t blame the ethanol-based boom in corn prices, the head of global agriculture and food-industry research…

A University of Minnesota scientist told lawmakers Thursday that mandating ethanol be blended into fuel supplies is leading to more deaths from poor air quality in the Midwest and along the East Coast.

“The Renewable Fuel Standard, because it is currently dominated by corn grain ethanol, is responsible for reduced air quality over much of the U.S., which leads to increased mortality,” Dr. Jason Hill, an associate professor of bioproducts and biosystems engineering, told House lawmakers in a hearing on the federal ethanol mandate.

In recent years, Republicans have become increasingly critical of the EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS, which requires refiners to blend increasing amounts of ethanol or other biofuels into U.S. fuel supplies. A broad coalition of business groups, environmentalists and anti-hunger activists have teamed up to oppose the mandate and are either pushing for reform or its complete repeal.

The RFS was first passed under President George W. Bush with the impression it would reduce U.S. reliance on foreign powers for oil, drive down the cost of gasoline and be better for the environment. Years later, the RFS is being increasingly seen as problematic for a whole host of reasons, including its environmental impact.

A University of Minnesota scientist told lawmakers Thursday that mandating ethanol be blended into fuel supplies is leading to more deaths from poor air quality in the Midwest and along the East Coast.

“The Renewable Fuel Standard, because it is currently dominated by corn grain ethanol, is responsible for reduced air quality over much of the U.S., which leads to increased mortality,” Dr. Jason Hill, an associate professor of bioproducts and biosystems engineering, told House lawmakers in a hearing on the federal ethanol mandate.

In recent years, Republicans have become increasingly critical of the EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS, which requires refiners to blend increasing amounts of ethanol or other biofuels into U.S. fuel supplies. A broad coalition of business groups, environmentalists and anti-hunger activists have teamed up to oppose the mandate and are either pushing for reform or its complete repeal.

The RFS was first passed under President George W. Bush with the impression it would reduce U.S. reliance on foreign powers for oil, drive down the cost of gasoline and be better for the environment. Years later, the RFS is being increasingly seen as problematic for a whole host of reasons, including its environmental impact.

Hill’s research has shown producing corn ethanol emits more pollutants than conventional gasoline, even though it’s a cleaner fuel source when burned. Hill told lawmakers that “corn ethanol has higher life cycle emissions than gasoline of five major pollutants that contribute to [particulate matter] and [ozone] levels.”

“Cellulosic ethanol, which is considered here as derived from corn stover, emits greater amounts of some pollutants than gasoline and lower amounts of others,” Hill told House lawmakers. “It is also worth noting that using gasoline more efficiently, such as in a hybrid vehicle or other vehicle with improved fuel economy, reduces life cycle emissions of all five of these pollutants.”

Democratic lawmakers pushed back against Hill’s testimony, touting ethanol’s alleged economic and environmental benefits. Hill, however, countered that research showing ethanol to be more environmentally friendly largely ignored the whole production process that goes into making ethanol.

“Increased mortality from ethanol production and use occurs largely in the Midwest and Eastern U.S.,” Hill said in his testimony. “For both fuels, nearly all of the damage to human health is caused by PM2.5 rather than by O3.”

The federal ethanol mandate and other subsidies have been a huge boon to corn growers and business interests in the Midwest. Ethanol production now consumes about 40 percent of the U.S. corn crop every year, and refineries are forced to purchase more biofuels every year. But the ethanol lobby says it’s helping state economies and increasing energy security.

Ethanol lobbyists recently celebrated a legislative victory in the Senate when Republican and Democratic lawmakers agreed to include biofuel subsidies in a tax extenders package making its way through the chamber.

“Stability in the marketplace is crucial to encouraging development in second-generation biofuels, like cellulosic ethanol,” Bob Dinneen, president of the Renewable Fuels Association, said in a statement. “By extending these incentives, the Committee has helped to provide that needed stability.”

Many other groups continue to be opposed ethanol production, including environmental groups who argue increased ethanol production is harming the environment and contributing to global warming.

But Republicans and environmentalists have to be careful about claims that ethanol is increasing mortality across the country because it relies on “secret science” lawmakers have hammered the EPA for using to justify onerous regulations.

The EPA says particulate matter, or PM 2.5, causes premature death, but Republicans have criticized the agency for making this claim because it’s based on scientific data that’s not publicly available — the agency’s so-called “secret science.”

While EPA has publicly declared that PM 2.5 is deadly, the agency has exposed dozens of human test subjects to the air pollutant without disclosing the risk or mortality.

An EPA inspector general report from last year found that “exposure risks were not always consistently represented” in agency human experiments. The IG’s report also noted that “only one of five studies’ consent forms provided the subject with information on the upper range of the pollutant” they would be exposed to, and that only “two of five alerted study subjects to the risk of death for older individuals with cardiovascular disease.”

“This lack of warning about PM,” the IG’s report notes. “is also different from the EPA’s public image about PM.”

 

IS CORN ETHANOL BREAKING THE LAW?

IS CORN ETHANOL BREAKING THE LAW?

By Joe Romm – Climate Progress – May 7, 2015

Corn Kernels coming out of a gas nozzle

Corn ethanol may be breaking the law, according to a study from last month, “Cropland Expansion Outpaces Agricultural and Biofuel Policies in the United States.”

It appears that corn was caught yellow-handed by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers in a plot with other crops like soy to replace “millions of acres of grasslands.” But scientists named corn the ring-leader: “Corn was the most common crop planted directly on new land.”

I know you’re wondering, “since when is it illegal to replace carbon-storing grassland with the Walter White of Biofuels?” Answer: Since the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), “which requires blending of gasoline with biofuels that are supposed to be grown only on pre-existing cropland, in order to minimize land-use change and its associated greenhouse gas emissions,” as the UWM news release explains.

Now if only anybody were actually enforcing the law, the anti-hero of biofuels would be perp-walked to prison for destroying the very environment it was supposed to help protect.

We last saw the evil genius called corn ethanol in a 2013 piece headlined, “Biofuels Policy Helping Destroy U.S. Grasslands At Fastest Rate Since 1930s, Boosting Threat of Dust-Bowlification.”

This new UMW study is the “first comprehensive analysis of land-use change across the U.S. between 2008 and 2012.” University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers “tracked crop-specific expansion pathways across the conterminous US and identified the types, amount, and locations of all land converted to and from cropland” during that time.

Scientists learned that crops “expanded onto 7 million acres of new land,” during those four years and replaced “millions of acres of grasslands.” Half of that was new soy and corn, which was increasingly used to make biofuels between 2008 and 2012 to meet U.S. government mandates, which included a minimum target of over 12 billion gallons of biofuels for in 2010.

What was the climate impact of this expansion? The University of Wisconsin-Madison concluded:

“The conversion to corn and soy alone, the researchers say, could have emitted as much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as 34 coal-fired power plants operating for one year — the equivalent of 28 million more cars on the road.”

Corn ethanol should get its own show on HBO or AMC.

The Renewable Fuels Association, which is the “the authoritative voice of the U.S. ethanol industry,” has responded to this peer-reviewed study with a blog post by their Senior Vice President, Geoff Cooper. Cooper points out this is a very difficult calculation to do and that the dataset the authors use for this purpose has been called into question. Ideally, the RFS will put their critique through the peer-review process to publish it in a journal.

UPDATE: The study’s lead author sent me a reply to the RFA blog critique: “Most of their points seem to stem from a misunderstanding of our study and comparable data. We stand confidently by our results and conclusions.”

It seems not a month goes by that a study doesn’t come out condemning the fuel that now comprises some 10 percent of U.S. gasoline. “New airborne measurements downwind from an ethanol fuel refinery in Decatur, Illinois, show that ethanol emissions are 30 times higher than government estimates,” we learned just this Tuesday, for instance, when NOAA published a study on “ozone-forming compounds” generated by a corn ethanol refinery. “The measurements also show emissions of all volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which include ethanol, were five times higher than government numbers, which estimate emissions based on manufacturing information.”

What will we learn in June, that corn ethanol is behind uptick in abandoned kittens“? Okay, maybe not that, but still.

In 2011 I wrote a post titled, The Corn Ultimatum: How long can Americans keep burning one sixth the world’s corn supply in our cars?” If we don’t voluntarily abandon corn ethanol, it seems inevitable that human-caused climate change and Dust-Bowlification will ultimately arrest its development:

 

If we stay on business-as-usual CO2 emissions, we will turn the normal climate of our breadbasket into “severe drought.” Growing enough food for Americans, let alone the countries we currently help feed, won’t leave much land available for crop-based biofuels (Via NASA).

If we stay on business-as-usual CO2 emissions, we will turn the normal climate of our breadbasket into “severe drought.” Growing enough food for Americans, let alone the countries we currently help feed, won’t leave much land available for crop-based biofuels (Via NASA).

 

 

 

 

 

3 REASONS WHY GAS PRICES DIFFER BY STATE

3 REASONS WHY GAS PRICES DIFFER BY STATE

By The Motley Fool – July 26, 2015

Three factors influence the prices of gas, but only three drive gas price differences between states.

There are a lot of things I love about living in South Carolina. The weather is fantastic, the people are friendly, and our gas prices are the lowest in the nation. In fact, at the moment, the average price of regular gas in South Carolina is just $2.39 per gallon, according to GasBuddy.com. That’s not only a few pennies better than our nearest rival, but it’s more than a dollar cheaper than California, which has the highest gas prices in the nation. While we like to blame oil companies for the differences, there are actually three distinct reasons why gas prices are so different by state.

1.Taxes

As that diagram on the right shows, the price of gas in the U.S. has four main components. About half the price is derived by the value of crude oil, followed by refining at 22%, taxes at 17%, and distribution and marketing at 10%. Because crude oil is traded on the global marketplace, it doesn’t have a lot of impact on the difference between gas prices by state. In fact, top oil-producing states like Texas and North Dakota aren’t among the states with the lowest gas prices because crude isn’t the biggest driver of state-by-state difference.

Gas Pump Price Pic

 Instead, one of the biggest drivers of the gas prices difference between states is taxes. The U.S. average for state gas taxes is currently $0.48 per gallon. However, a number of states have gas taxes well over that average, which pushes gas prices in that state much higher than average. In fact, there’s a pretty direct correlation between states with the highest gas taxes also having the highest gas prices and vice versa for those with the lowest taxes and lowest prices. For example, gas taxes in South Carolina are the third lowest at just $0.35 per gallon while those in California are the second highest at $0.66 per gallon, contributing to some of the difference in prices between the two book-end states.

2. Distribution and marketing

Distribution and marketing costs also drive differences in gas prices. These are the costs for getting petroleum products from a refinery to a gas station and into a consumer’s car. A factor driving these costs are pipeline tariffs, which are charged by pipeline operators to shippers that move gasoline in pipelines. Much like a toll road, the greater the distance traveled, the more expensive it is to ship the gas. It’s one reason why southern states South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and Louisiana have the lowest gas prices in the country as they are closer to America’s oil-refining center along the Gulf Coast — they benefit from lower distribution costs as the gas doesn’t have to travel as far. Hawaii, on the other hand, has the second-highest gas price in the country due in part to higher transportation costs as its gasoline needs to be imported by ship, which is much more expensive than gas shipped via pipelines.

3. Refining

A third factor is the actual cost of refining oil into gasoline, which can vary greatly according to a refinery’s location. California, for example, is home to some of the stiffest environmental regulations in the country, which are higher than federal regulations and add to the cost of refining gasoline in the state. Furthermore, its refineries are almost always running at full capacity just to meet demand so when one does get shut down, as happened earlier this year, it leads to a spike in the state’s gas price.

Meanwhile, states that either have less stringent regulations on their refineries, or import a bulk of their gas from low-cost refining states, tend to have lower gas prices. That’s actually another driving force behind lower gas prices in the Southeastern U.S. as Gulf Coast states Texas and Louisiana have low-cost refineries, which is why both are among the top ten states with lowest gas price. Further, both states export their gas to neighboring southern states, including South Carolina, for example, which is when combined with lower taxes is why several states in the south have much lower gas prices than their northern or western peers. 

Takeaway

While gas prices nationally will ebb and flow with the price of oil, there are other factors at play on a regional and state level that have an impact on prices. The real reason why we see such a great difference in gas prices between states is because widely varying taxes, distribution and marketing costs, and refining costs are key ingredients in the makeup of the price of gas in each state.