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Your ONLY Comprehensive Source of Ethanol FREE Gas Locations Throughout Louisiana’s 64 Parishes and Mississippi’s 82 Counties.

Pete Landrys Real Gas.com - Your ONLY Comprehensive Source of Ethanol FREE Gas Locations Throughout Louisiana’s 64 Parishes and Mississippi’s 82 Counties.

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

   ALL ABOUT ETHANOL GASOLINE ISSUES AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!

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    *     *     *     BREAKING NEWS     *     *     *

NOTICE TO ALL READERS:  

NEW POLL:  Notice that we have started a new poll titled “Which Fuel Stabilizer Do You Use in Your Marine Engine”.  The poll was intended to ask which fuel additive you used if you were to use E10 fuel in your marine engine.  It is just below the “Donate” button on the right hand side of this page.  I did NOT include any stabilizer that contained any form of alcohol as they only make the ethanol problem worse if you use E10 fuel. PLEASE VOTE.  I’ll leave the poll up until October 31st. 

STATUS OF CHALMETTE REFINING PETITION

NOTICE TO ALL READERS:  Since I have over 70 petitioners who did NOT provide their correct address information, and have not answered my e-mail requests TWICE to please send me their correct information, I have RE-OPENED THE PETITION to see if we can get at least 100 more signatures so we can make the 1,000 petition mark.  PLEASE inform your friends and neighbors.  If you sign, please include your spouse also.  If the spouse doesn’t have a separate e-mail address, just add his/her name in the “First Name” line.  As of Tuesday evening, STILL ONLY 41 new names on petition since re-opening it…….keep it up readers – I’d really like to get 100 new ones.  Please talk it up with your friends and family!

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PLEASE, PLEASE……if you joined the petition and did NOT list your address, or listed a P.O. Box or incomplete street address, PLEASE check your e-mail for my request for your complete address and REPLY so I can complete the petition and send it off………PLEASE HELP ME WITH THIS!  Still have 83 names on petition with no physical address, a P.O. Box, or street with no number!

I have sent e-mails out to over 100 petitioners who had missing information on their submittal.  MOST have NOT responded to e-mails which I have sent TWICE to date.  I had hoped to get 1,000 petitioners on the petition, but due to the large number of incomplete names, currently have around 975.   I am REALLY GETTING TIRED of this.  I have spend over 40 hours to date ‘cleaning up’ the spreadsheet and e-mailing and re-e-mailing nearly 150 petitioners who did NOT follow instructions when they completed their petition.  

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TODAY’S FEATURE ARTICLE : Today I posted an ethanol article from an Iowa newspaper which discusses the concept that increased levels of ethanol lowers the energy of the fuel.  

LSU SPORTS NEWS:  Today (10/28), I posted a sports article from Bleacher Report on LSU Coaches Cam Cameron and Frank Wilson raving about RB Leonard Fournette and OL La’el Collins performance in the Tigers defeat of Ole Miss.  Read the article in the LSU sports section below.

ALSO:  The Tigers received their 16th 2015 commitment on Monday.  He is Jack Gonsoulin, a field goal kicker from Catholic High of Baton Rouge.  This kid kicks 55 – 60 yard field goals!  See the details in the LSU section below.

GUN CONTROL  NEWS:  I posted (8/23) a new gun control article on the “Gun Control in America” page from The Washington Times titled “Lyons: Small-Arms Treaty, Big Second Amendment Threat“.  For readers who are not familiar with the United Nations Small Arms Treaty, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you read this article.  The UN has for several years attempted to develop a document that most Nations could support.  They completed their proposal in 2013 and, Obama directed Secretary of State John Kerry to sign the document in early 2014.  The treaty requires approval by the U.S. Senate before it becomes law in the U.S.   In a “straw vote” in 2013, BEFORE Kerry signed the Treaty, Senate leader Harry Reid took a vote of the Senate to see if he had enough votes to approve this Treaty.  He was short by about 8 votes.  BUT, it is important to know that Louisiana U.S. Senate Mary Landrieu voted FOR this Treaty!  In other words, she would have the U.N. take away the private ownership of guns in America and essentially negate our Constitutions 2nd Amendment.  

I URGE all gun owners and 2nd Amendment advocates to read this article and read the U.N. Treaty document below the article.  It is CRITICAL that we call, write and e-mail our Louisiana and Mississippi Senators at least weekly and URGE your Senator NOT TO VOTE for this U.N. Small Arms Treaty should it come up for a vote in the Senate.  

If the Senate approves this Treaty, kiss all your weapons goodbye!  This is VERY SCARY!  Read the article in on the website’s “Gun Control in America” page.

This is yet another reason why if we value our 2nd amendment rights, it is CRITICAL that we WAKE UP and write, call and e-mail our U.S. Senators and Congressmen and URGE them to protect our 2nd Amendment rights.  In so doing, you should make it very clear that ANY elected official that votes FOR new gun laws will NOT get your vote.  ALSO, if you are not already a member of NRA, I urge you to join.  They are a very powerful lobby force in Washington and need our support.  See the link to join below.

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/

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 am now working on Livingston Parish (going alphabetically), which is another large one.  Going slow as I’m working on finishing the petition and getting it ready to mail out.  SLOWED down A LOT by so many petitions that did NOT have their address listed and having to send e-mails over and over to try get them to provide their address.  Still trying to finish the Chalmette Refining Petition.  Having to send out over 100 e-mails to readers who did NOT provide their physical address……..VERY slow in getting replies.

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  *    *    *    ARTICLE POSTING GUIDELINES    *    *    *

It’s been awhile since I posted a few guidelines I use in the website postings, so I thought since we most likely have quite a few new readers of the site since I’ve posted this, here goes again:

-  I post articles on the website Monday thru Saturday, and take Sunday off.

-  If I attach a link to an article with the prefix “Read full article here:”, it means that the article comes from a source that has “copyright” protection on their articles.  I’m allowed to post the first 2-3 paragraphs without having to buy a VERY EXPENSIVE license fee to post the entire article.

-  I am in the process of updating my Louisiana “Ethanol FREE Gas List“. The process take quite some time as it involves calling over 3,500 gas locations across the State.  The Mississippi list was generated in the fall of 2012 so it should be relatively accurate still.  When I have completed all Louisiana Parishes, I will delete the current list and post the new list.  I’ll post a notice when I do this.

- Per a poll I conducted late in 2012, I usually post ethanol articles four days per week, a fishing/hunting article one day and a sports article one day also, both usually at the end of the week.

- The “Gun Control in America” page was created about two years ago after a 6 week poll to see if readers were interested in reading this info.  Over 94% said YES.

I am open to suggestions to articles you may have an interest in reading.  Simply e-mail me at way2gopete@yahoo.com with your suggestion

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Today I posted an ethanol article from the Des Monies Register titled “Report: Increased Ethanol Drops Energy Content of Gas“.  For an Iowa newspaper to finally admit what most people already know, as the ethanol content of gasoline is increased, the energy content and thus the fuel mileage DECREASES as the ethanol content goes up.  Iowa is the Nation’s largest producer of ethanol with 40 plants in the State.  For them to finally acknowledge this is HUGE!  E10 typically gives 8-9% LOWER mileage on highway driving compared to conventional, non ethanol gasoline.  For E85 (85% ethanol/15% gasoline) the mileage drops by a WHOPPING 30-40%!  

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*   *   *  FOOTBALL SEASON IS HERE   *   *   *

NCAA Football Polls – LSU Rankings Oct 26, 2014                             

- Associated Press Poll –  #16  (were # 24)

- Coaches Poll – #17 (were # 23)

The Sunday, October 26th Associated Press polls are as follows: 

#1: Mississippi State, #2: Florida State, #3: Alabama, #4: Auburn, #5: Oregon,  and #16 LSU  (Ole Miss dropped to #7)

Here is the link to the Oct 26, 2014 NCAA Polls:

http://www.ncaa.com/rankings/football/fbs/usa-today-coaches-poll

The Tigers hold the national record of non-conference wins, with 49 consecutive wins (as of 9/27/2014) currently, going back to 2002.

MIKE HAS VICTORY IN HIS EYES!

MIKE HAS VICTORY IN HIS EYES!

Here is the Tigers 2014 football Schedule:  www.lsusports.net/SportSelect.dbml?&&DB_OEM_ID=5200&SPID=2164&SPSID=27811

To buy available individual game tickets, click on this link:                  

LSU Football Ticket  Linkwww.lsutix.net.

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LSU GAME SCHEDULE WITH DATES/TIMES/TV

The Tigers are now 7-2 and 3-2 in SEC play!

8/30 –  WIN:  LSU  28 – Wisconsin 24 

9/6 –   WIN:  LSU  56  –  Sam Houston State 0

9/13 –  WIN:  LSU  31  –   UL Monroe  0

9/20 – LOSS:  LSU  29  –  Mississippi State  34 

9/27WIN:  LSU 63  –  New Mexico State  7

10/4LOSS:  LSU  7  –   Auburn  41

10/11WIN:  LSU  30  –  Florida  27 

10/18WIN:  LSU  41 – Kentucky  3 

10/25WIN:  LSU  10  –  Ole Miss  7

11/1BYE Week

11/8 - LSU vs Alabama – Death Valley – 7:00 pm – CBS TV

11/15LSU vs Arkansas – Fayettville – TBA – TV?

11/27LSU vs Texas A&M – College Station – 6:30 pm – ESPN TV

GAME SUMMARY:  WOW!  What a game.  Ole Miss had allowed ONLY 77 yards rushing before they played LSU.  The Tigers running backs ran for 264, with Fournette running 23 plays for 113 yards.  The Tiger offensive line played GREAT!  And, what can you say about the Tigers defense?  Despite having 4 turnovers (2 INT and 2 fumbles) and 2 missed field goals, the Tiger defense kept the team in the game.  PLUS, the defense missed 4 possible INT’s.  ALL this and they still managed to pull off a win before 102,321 fans over the #3 ranked team in the Country!  Great win for the Tigers!

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If you are planning to attend home games of the 2014 football season in “Death Valley” this year, I encourage you to red new parking and traffic changes before you leave for the game.  The changes are summarized on DandyDon.com.  Here is the link: 

Link:  http://www.dandydon.com/2014_Football_GameDay_Traffic_And_Parking.php

ALSO:  For fans who would prefer NOT to drive on the campus, there are buses which run from the “L’Auberge Casino” on Hwy 30, just about 5 miles before the campus that will pick up passengers at the casino parking area next to the parking garage and drop you off at the old Alex Box baseball park area, a short walk from the football stadium.  They start taking passengers at 3:00 pm for 6pm games and the cost is $10/person round trip.  Availability is based on “first come” basis.  The valet manager at the casino told me today that 6 buses showed up at 3:00 pm to pickup passengers for the trip to “Death Valley”.

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Here is an article from Bleacher Report on LSU Coaches reaction to the performance of several players in the Tiger defeat of Ole Miss. 

NOTE:  The SEC honored two Tiger players for their performance in the Tiger defeat of Ole Miss this past Saturday.  RF Leonard Fournette named the SEC Freshman of the Week and LB Kendall Beckwith was named the SEC Defensive player of the week.  

LSU COACHES CAM CAMERON, FRANK WILSON RAVE ABOUT LEONARD FOURNETTE, LA’EL COLLINS’ PERFORMANCE AGAINST OLE MISS

By Julie Boudwin/NOLA.com – Bleacher Report – Oct 27, 2014

 

LSU Tigers running back Leonard Fournette (7) throws his helmet to the sideline after it was broke during a play in second half action against Ole Miss in Baton Rouge Saturday, October 25, 2014

LSU Tigers running back Leonard Fournette (7) throws his helmet to the sideline after it was broke during a play in second half action against Ole Miss in Baton Rouge Saturday, October 25, 2014

When LSU upset Ole Miss Saturday night, the young squad proved it can be “major players in the SEC race,” according to FOX Sports

In a classic LSU fourth-quarter comeback, the running game and defensive shined. Freshman running back Leonard Fournette, the former No. 1 high school recruit, rushed for 113 yards and 211 all-purpose yards.

Though, the most-shown Fournette highlight of the game was when his facemask was ripped off by an Ole Miss defender.

Running backs coach Frank Wilson told FOX Sports Sunday that the rookie looked like “a player from 1942 with no facemask on his helmet” when Fournette came to the sideline following the play.

“All he said was, ‘Hurry up so I can get back in there,” Wilson added.

Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron chimed in with how Fournette prepares like a senior and that the running back is “even better that I thought.”

But Fournette couldn’t rush for that many yards without the offensive line opening a few holes for the back, and senior offensive tackle La’el Collins, who was going one-on-one with another former No. 1 in Robert Nkemdiche, did just that.

“La’el had a monstrous game. … If La’el Collins is not a top-five draft pick, I’ll kiss my own (expletive),” Wilson said.

Cameron added: “He’s improving at such a rapid rate. He’s probably half as good right now as he’s gonna ultimately be. La’el has the heart of a lion. He’s a warrior. …”

Read the full FOX Sports report HERE.

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Here is a current listing of LSU Football’s 2015 Committments (as of October 28, 2014):

LSU received a commitment from Catholic High of Baton Rouge’s Jack Gonsoulin.  Gonsoulin is a field goal kicker who kicks 55-60 yard field goals.

2015 LSU football commits (16) – Star Ratings by 24/7 Sports

- Maea Teuhema (5 Star) OL, 6-4, 340, Keller, Texas, (Keller)

- Kevin Toliver (5 Star) CB, 6-2, 185, Jacksonville, Fla. (Trinity Christian)

- Nick Brossette (4 Star) RB, 6-0, 205, Baton Rouge (University)

- Jazz Ferguson (4 Star) WR, 6-5, 205, Saint Francisville (West Feliciana)

- Derrius Guice (4 Star) RB, 6-0, 210, Baton Rouge (Catholic)

- Jeremy Cutrer (4 Star) S, 6-2, 170, Jewel Sumner, JUCO

- Xavier Lewis (4 Star) CB, 6’0″, 180, East St. John, LaPlace

- Bry’Keithon Mouton (3 Star), TE, 6’2″, 230, Acadiana HS

- David Ducre (3 Star) FB, 6-0, 230, Mandeville (Lakeshore)

- Matt Wommack (3 Star) OL, 6-7, 320, Hernando, MS

- Adrian Magee (3 Star) OL, 6-4, 352, Franklinton (Franklinton)

- Isaiah Washington (3 Star) DE, 6-3, 225, New Orleans (Edna Karr)

- Blake Ferguson (3 Star) LS, 6-1, 235, Buford, Ga. (Buford)

- Hanner Shipley (3 Star) TE, 6-5, 260, Marble Falls, Texas, (Marble Falls)

- Justin McMilan (3 Star) QB, 6’2″, 170, Cedar Hills, Texas

Jack Gonsoulin (?Star) K, 6’1″, 185, Catholic High, Baton Rouge

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LSU’S 2016 FOOTBALL COMMITMENTS:

LSU’s 2016 Class commitments as of 10/28/2014:

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

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

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LSU’s 2017 FOOTBALL COMMITMENTS:

BREAKING NEWS:  It was announced on Bleacher Report on August 11, 2014 that LSU Commit Dylan Moses is the #1 ranked football athlete for the 2017 draft!

-Dylan Moses (5 STAR) - RB/S, 6’1″, 215, University High, Baton Rouge

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* NEW CHANGES TO ETHANOL FREE GAS LIST *

We removed FIVE ethanol FREE location in Louisiana recently:

Sullivan’s Store, 11769 LA Hwy 155, Castor, Bienville Parish – Switched to E10.

Cash-N-Carry, 12590 River Road, Destrehan, St Charles Parish – Store Stopped selling gas!

Conn’s Store, 3119 LA Hwy 146, Chatham, Jackson Parish – Store Closed (Thanks to Woody for the info)

Jim’s Convenience Store, 2801 LA Hwy 306, Des Allemands, St. Charles Parish – Store CLOSED (Thanks to Mike for the info)

We added FIVE new ethanol FREE location in Louisiana recently:

Pell State Bulk Plant, 3410 Industrial Drive, Bossier City, Bossier Parish

Farmer Valley Co-op, 250 Rapides Dr, Natchitoches, Natchitoches Parish

Time Saver, 14851 Hwy 90, Paradis, St Charles Parish – sells BOTH E0 and E10

Race Trac, 2713 Paris Road, Chalmette, St Bernard Parish – the station sells BOTH E0 and E10 fuel. 

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

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”        

REPORT: INCREASED ETHANOL DROPS ENERGY CONTENT OF GAS

REPORT: INCREASED ETHANOL DROPS ENERGY CONTENT OF GAS

By Christopher Doering – The Des Monies Register – Oct 27, 2014

The growing use of ethanol in the country’s gasoline supply has reduced the average energy content of a gallon of gasoline by about 3 percent during the last two decades, the government said Monday.

The Energy Department’s statistical arm said the drop in energy content per gallon comes as the use of ethanol and other oxygenates, which have lower energy content than petroleum-based gasoline components, have seen their share of total gasoline volumes increase from 2 percent in 1993 to nearly 10 percent in 2013.

In 2013, about 135 billion gallons of motor gasoline (3.2 billion barrels) were consumed in the United States, which contained about 13 billion gallons of ethanol.

The higher the ethanol content the less fuel efficient the gallon of gasoline. For example, even though E85 (fuel with 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline) is usually cheaper, a car using the fuel would see its mileage lowered by 29 percent compared to pure gasoline, according to the DOE.

Supporters of the largely corn-based fuel have criticized the oil industry and other groups for putting roadblocks in place to prevent and discourage the sale of blends containing more than 10 percent ethanol. Despite the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of E15 and tests from the agency showing the fuel is safe, the oil and gas industry, AAA, and others have warned of possible damage to car engines from using the fuel.

The EPA, which oversees the country’s biofuels program known as the Renewable Fuel Standards, is months behind issuing a final figure saying how much renewable fuel must be blended into the motorfuel supply this year. It is expected to finalize the number later this fall. Iowa, the country’s largest ethanol producer, has more than 40 refineries capable of producing more than 3.8 billion gallons annually of the predominately corn-based fuel.

 

OWNERS OF OUTDOOR POWER GEAR SUFFER ETHANOL DEFEAT

OWNERS OF OUTDOOR POWER GEAR SUFFER ETHANOL DEFEAT

By Consumer Reports.org – Oct 27, 2014

Gas with too much ethanol can damage outdoor power equipment

Gas pump pic - animated

Owners of outdoor power equipment—mowers, blowers and such—were handed another defeat this past week when an appeals court rejected a suit by a number of industry stakeholders to limit the amount of ethanol in gasoline and require stricter labeling. Ethanol can damage the small engines in outdoor power equipment.

Ethanol, made from corn, has been combined with gasoline for years in a mixture of roughly 10 percent, called E10. The larger engines in cars can tolerate this ratio. But in smaller engines, it can corrode metal parts, stiffen plastic and rubber in seals and tubing, and make starting harder. Ethanol is an alcohol that can draw water into the engine and compounds any potential for trouble.

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved gasoline with 15 percent ethanol for use in cars year 2001 or newer. But while the agency prohibits its use in mowers and other power equipment, the EPA’s warning label on so-called blender pumps (carrying mixtures of 15 percent ethanol, E15, or higher), is easy to miss amid all the advertising and other labeling on the pump.

At press time, 78 stations in 20 states offered E15 or higher mixtures in addition to conventional E10 gasoline. Another issue, according to Kris Kiser, president and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, is that a mixture with more ethanol may seem like a better buy. “Gas tends to get cheaper as the ethanol content goes up, which is the problem for us and our customers,” he says. “People are used to buying the cheap gas for their lawns.”

What’s more, the number of stations is increasing rapidly since a number of corn-growing states, often with private groups such as corn-farmer associations, are subsidizing blender-pump upgrades that allow for blends from E15 to E85, a level only flex-fuel autos can handle.

The coalition of trade groups involved in the latest lawsuit against the EPA, filed in U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, hoped to reverse the EPA’s ruling that permitted ethanol mixtures higher than E10 in the first place—or at least make the EPA improve the tiny, 3 5/8- x 3 1/8-inch pump label. But in its ruling, the court said that the plaintiffs “cannot show members have suffered or are suffering with an injury that is traceable to the misfueling regulations.”

The plaintiffs, in other words, would have needed to clear a high hurdle, for example, provide video evidence that someone gassed up a car and, with the same nozzle, filled a can with E15 gas, fueled an outdoor-gear engine, and then was injured. This may only be a matter of time, since engines run hotter with more ethanol. Here’s how to get the right gas for your gear:

· If you live near a marina, which typically sells ethanol-free gas for boats, consider spending more for the few gallons you use a year—if not for a lawn tractor (which could get costly), then for anything smaller.

· You can also buy ethanol-free gasoline for $5 to $8 a quart from home centers, Sears, and numerous dealers.

· Canned, ethanol-free fuel already contains stabilizer. But for everything else, mix in a stabilizer to help your gas last longer. Sta-Bil is one that comes in a form specifically formulated to counter the effects of ethanol in gas.

· If you’re storing your gear for an extended period, such as a snow blower over the summer, siphon out the excess gas (you can put it into your car) and run the engine dry. Be sure to clear out the carburetor bowl once the engine has cooled.

· When at the pump, make sure that the gas you’re pumping is appropriate for what you’re fueling.

If you need to replace any outdoor equipment that’s run its course, see our Ratings of snow blowersgenerators, leaf blowers, and other products.

RESILIENT LSU JUMPS UP EIGHT SPOTS IN AP POLL TO No. 16 AFTER UPSET OF OLE MISS

RESILIENT LSU JUMPS UP EIGHT SPOTS IN AP POLL TO No. 16 AFTER UPSET OF OLE MISS

By Eric Vander Voort – NCAA.com – Oct 26, 2014

Video Social Game: LSU defense derails Ole Miss

Video Link http://www.ncaa.com/video/football/2014-10-26/cfb-mississippi-lsu-social-game

A lot has changed for LSU in the past month, only for the Tigers to find themselves in almost the same spot. Following their 10-7 upset of Mississippi on Saturday, they made easily the biggest jump in this week’s The Associated Press Top 25 by moving up eight spots. Only two ranked teams lost on the weekend, making for a poll that looks similar to the previous ranking. But the big win for LSU impressed voters enough to have them elevate the Tigers up to No. 16, a slot behind where they were four weeks ago as No. 15.

The following week, though, LSU dropped out of the poll altogether for the first time since 2008. Questions surrounded Les Miles’ program after a 41-7 loss at Auburn, which had been preceded two weeks before by a loss to then-unranked Mississippi State that wasn’t as close as the 34-29 score would make it seem.

The Tigers have bounced back well, only spending two weeks with the unfamiliar feeling of being outside of the Top 25. Their recent run included a close 30-27 call at Florida and a big 41-3 statement against Kentucky at home, with the win against Ole Miss this weekend serving as the exclamation point on the three-week stretch.

It was LSU’s defense that stood tall on Saturday, holding previously unbeaten and third-ranked Ole Miss to seven points. With the loss, the Rebels dropped to No. 7, being hopped by Alabama, Auburn, Oregon and Notre Dame. LSU is the only team in the past 20 years to beat a top-three team while scoring 10 points or fewer, and it has accomplished the feat twice — against Ole Miss on Saturday, and a 9-6 win against Alabama in 2011.

Offensively for LSU, it was a struggle against the top defense in the country in terms of points against, but the Tigers came through when necessary. They drove 90 yards near the end of the second quarter for a field goal, then capped off a 95-yard drive with the game-winning touchdown with five minutes remaining in the game. Ole Miss got its touchdown in the first quarter, but was unable to truly threaten the end zone after that. In the past two games, the Tiger defense has allowed a total of 10 points on 530 yards.

It was the 24th fourth-quarter comeback for the Tigers under Les Miles, making them the only FBS squad to have an above-.500 record when trailing after three quarters since 2005. Four of quarterback Anthony Jennings’ eight wins as a starter have been fourth-quarter comebacks. Jennings was 8 of 16 for 142 yards and a touchdown on Saturday. Freshman running back Leonard Fournette surpassed 100 yards for the third time in his past five games, totaling 113 yards on 23 carries.

The Tigers now have an off week, but No. 3 Alabama waits on the other side of the break. They will then finish the season with matchups against Arkansas and Texas A&M. In what could have turned into a disastrous season for the Tigers, having reached a point that hadn’t been experienced in Baton Rouge in six years, they have shown resiliency, and an ability to continue their climb back up the rankings.

Notes from the rest of the Top 25:

Duke was the only previously unranked team to join the poll, coming in at No. 24. … No other team moved up more than two spots. … Nos. 1 and 2, Mississippi State and Florida State, are the only unbeaten teams from a Power Five conference remaining. … Four games in the upcoming week will include two ranked teams: No. 10 TCU at No. 20 West Virginia, No. 4 Auburn at No. 7 Ole Miss, No. 14 Arizona at No. 25 UCLA, No. 18 Utah at No. 15 Arizona State.

 

Final score: #LSU (7-2, 3-2 SEC) hands Ole Miss (7-1, 4-1 SEC) its first loss of the season, 10-7.

Final score: #LSU (7-2, 3-2 SEC) hands Ole Miss (7-1, 4-1 SEC) its first loss of the season, 10-7.

 

 

 

 

GRAPH SHOWS HOW QUICKLY LOUISIANA SPECKLED TROUT GROW

GRAPH SHOWS HOW QUICKLY LOUISIANA SPECKLED TROUT GROW

By Todd Masson – NOLA.com/The Times Picayune – Oct 2, 2014

 

This chart shows the age of harvested Louisiana speckled trout relative to their age. (LDWF)

This chart shows the age of harvested Louisiana speckled trout relative to their age. (LDWF)

One of the most interesting slides in the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ speckled-trout stock-assessment presentation Thursday showed the age of the state’s harvested female speckled trout relative to their length.

Most female speckled trout seem to enter the legal fishery at one year of age or slightly older, according to the data.

The growth rates of specific fish vary according to temperature, salinity, food availability and other factors.

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No. 3 MISSISSIPPI’S DEFENSE IS MAIN REASON REBELS ARE SEC WEST CONTENDER, NEXT UP: No. 24 LSU

No. 3 MISSISSIPPI’S DEFENSE IS MAIN REASON REBELS ARE SEC WEST CONTENDER, NEXT UP: No. 24 LSU

By David Brandt - Associated Press – Oct 21, 2014

Statistics might not tell the whole story about how good No. 3 Mississippi’s defense has been this season.

But it’s certainly a good place to start.

The Rebels (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) are giving up just 10.6 points per game this season, which leads the Football Bowl Subdivision. Their 15 interceptions are tied for the national lead. The group has a knack for big plays, too, scoring almost as many defensive touchdowns (4) as the six they’ve allowed.

And in their latest 34-3 victory over Tennessee, they held the Volunteers to zero net rushing yards.

Now Ole Miss will have another challenge on Saturday when it travels to face an improved No. 24 LSU (6-2, 2-2), which is coming off a dominant 41-3 victory over Kentucky.

“The last two weeks, (LSU has) gotten back to doing their bread and butter — that’s physical (play), controlling the clock,” Freeze said. “They’re able to run the football with the outstanding backs that they have.”

The Rebels will counter with a defense that’s led by veteran coordinator Dave Wommack. It’s a mix of upperclassmen and newcomers, speed and strength, and features plenty of depth on the defensive line and in the secondary.

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WHY IT MATTERS THAT ETHANAOL PRICES ARE COLLAPSING

WHY IT MATTERS THAT ETHANOL PRICES ARE COLLAPSING

By Paul Ausick – 21/7 Wall St – Oct 19, 2014

Another bit of fallout from the diving demand for gasoline is just about to hit the front pages. U.S. ethanol producers are approaching the so-called blend wall, a term that describes a situation where the 10% blend of ethanol with gasoline reaches its mandated limit. At that point, the value of ethanol collapses and producers begin agitating for a higher blending limit.

The four-week rolling average blending rate for ethanol in the United States reached 9.94% in the week ending October 10, according to Platts. The 10% blend rate was surpassed for one week in mid-September.

Ethanol blenders, including major independent refiners like Valero Energy Corp. (NYSE: VLO) and Tesoro Corp. (NYSE: TSO), in general like the low price of ethanol, which dropped below $1.60 a gallon earlier this month, less than half the price of a gallon of ethanol at its peak in August. Blenders took a beating in 2013 when corn prices skyrocketed, demand was falling and blenders bought renewable energy credits called RINs, bidding the price up from a few cents to more than $1.00.

Producers like Archer Daniels Midland Co. (NYSE: ADM) and Pacific Ethanol Inc. (NASDAQ: PEIX) are not so happy this year. The producers want the federal government to raise the federally mandated blending amounts for 2014. Refiners and blenders oppose raising mandated limits and sent a letter to the U.S. EPA outlining its case for leaving the mandated levels where they are:

EPA is now 10 months late in finalizing the 2014 rule. If EPA raises the volume requirements, the supply chain is unable to retroactively generate additional compliance credits for the first nine months of 2014. This problem will grow in 2015 as EPA continues to delay release of the 2015 proposed rule, compounding compliance challenges for obligated parties managing volatile and uncertain RIN markets,” according to the refiners’ letter. … Our industry does not oppose renewable fuels and is one of the largest investors in renewable technologies. However, technological and market limitations exist and consumers, not the federal government, should determine what goes in their cars.

Why this matters to consumers is that, if the EPA waits too long and increases the blending requirements — unlikely but possible — the scramble for RINs and more ethanol could undo some of the drop in prices we have seeing at the gas pump.

ETHANOL – – A FAILED EXAMPLE OF CORPORATE/GOVERNMENT COLLABORATION

ETHANOL – – A FAILED EXAMPLE OF CORPORATE/GOVERNMENT COLLABORATION

By Morris Beschloss – The Desert Sun – Oct 9, 2014

In attempting to ascertain the reasons behind the genesis of ethanol, which has become an increasing percentage addition to every gallon of gasoline, one must go back to the Energy Tax Act of 1978, which provided a federal excise tax exemption for this newly- hatched additive. It was approved by Congress to support the agricultural corporate conglomerates who were lobbying biofuels as a means of resolving the U.S. oil production decline. It also meant substantial new business for the U.S. agricultural sector, which was badly lagging at that time.

This tax exemption eventually grew ethanol production from 1.6 billion gallons in 2000, and more than doubled it to 3.9 billion by 2005. But this little-publicized additive broke into full view when Congress mandated ethanol usage in the Energy Policy Act of 2005. This act created the renewable fuel standard (RFS), which required steadily increasing volumes of biofuel to be blended into every gallon of gasoline.

But this was “peanuts” compared to the ethanol growth stimulated by Congress’ 2007 Energy and Security Act. This proved a major shot in the arm for the U.S. corn industry, and even created some worldwide shortages for an agricultural commodity, traditionally in ample supply. With the implementation of this act, corn production really took off, opening up a biofuels industry which expected gasoline additives to eventually be also made from wood chips, farm and forestry residues, and the biomass segment of municipal solid waste.

But even though federal tax advantages for biofuels expired at the end of 2013, Congressional action has demanded an increasing percentage of biofuel additive use as an increasing component of each gallon of gasoline blended. Projecting forward, this means 22 billion gallons of advanced “biomass” of the 36 billion gallons of gasoline anticipated to be blended by 2022.

In retrospect, this growth of the biofuels industry, concocted by the agricultural lobbies in conjunction with a compliant U.S. Congress, has made the ethanol component an expanded mandate, originally justified by oil shortages, due to the reduction of U.S. oil production, and dependence on imports.

Now, with the explosive growth of domestic crude oil, and the increasingly bright future of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in its early stages, ethanol production is becoming increasingly irrelevant. With domestic West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude becoming more plentiful, and overall U.S. crude demand declining from a high of 20.5 million barrels per day to the current 19.5 mbpd, the ethanol mandate will come under severe revocation pressure.

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ONLINE PETITION UNDERWAY URGING CHALMETTE REFINING TO RESUME MANUFACTURING NON-ETHANOL GAS

ONLINE PETITION UNDERWAY URGING CHALMETTE REFINING TO RESUME MANUFACTURING NON-ETHANOL GAS

By Patrick Bonin – Louisiana Sportsman.com – July 1, 2014

With the status of production at the facility still unclear, a petition urging Chalmette Refining to resume the manufacture and sale of ethanol free gasoline has been started online.

 

Chalmette Refining Refinery

Chalmette Refining Refinery

Retired petrochemical chemist Alton “Pete” Landry, a self-described ethanol critic in LaPlace who operates a website detailing the dangers of ethanolstarted the signature-gathering effort on Wednesday

“We want to keep some visibility on the issue,” Landry said. “I’m hopeful we can get 3- to 5,000 signatures on the petition. 

“Our ultimate objective is to convince Chalmette Refining to reevaluate their position and resume the manufacturing of conventional non-ethanol gas.”

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