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


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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. 


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!


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.  If I don’t replies from those this time, I AM SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING “DITCHING THE WHOLE PROJECT”!  


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TODAY’S FEATURE ARTICLE : Today I posted a sports article from the Associated Press on Ole Miss’s defense and why they are undefeated. 

LSU SPORTS NEWS:  Today (10/23), I posted a sports article from The titled “LSU NOTEBOOK: ‘COLLEGE GAMEDAY’ IS BATON ROUGE BOUND FOR THE OLE MISS GAME”.  Read the article in the LSU sports section below.

ALSO:  Read an interview with Scott Long of and nationally recognized NFL and College analyst Mike Detillier. Today I posted Part 1 of 2 on LSU’s offensive performance against Kentucky.  See the article in the LSU section.

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.


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):




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 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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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 with your suggestion


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Today I posted an ethanol article from the Associated Press titled “No. 3 Mississippi’s Defense is Main Reason Rebels are SEC West Contender, Next Up: No. 24 LSU“.  The author of this article says the following  about Ole Miss’s defense “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“.  I sure hope that LSU Coach Les Miles and his coaching staff has a good game plan for Ole Miss and it is executed well.  Ole Miss is very tough on an opponent’s run game.  If the Tigers can’t run the ball and must become one dimensional, it will be a long night Saturday.


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NCAA Football Polls – LSU Rankings Oct 19, 2014                             

- Associated Press Poll –  #24  (were out of top 25)

- Coaches Poll – #23 (were out of top 25)

The Sunday, October 19th Associated Press polls are as follows: 

#1: Mississippi State, #2: Florida State, #3: Ole Miss, #4: Alabama, #5: Auburn,  and #24 LSU

NOTE:  This is the FIRST time in NCAA polling history that 4 teams from the SAME Conference are in the TOP 5, and ALL from the SEC West Division!

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



Here is the Tigers 2014 football Schedule:

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

LSU Football Ticket

NOTICE:  Read this interview with Scott Long of and Mike Detillier on the LSU Tigers offensive performance against Kentucky last Saturday.  This is Part 1 of 2 (I’ll run Part 2 on Saturday): 

Link:  Part 1 of 2



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 

10/25LSU vs Ole Miss – Death Valley – 6:15 – ESPN TV

11/1BYE Week

11/8 - LSU vs Alabama – Death Valley – TBA – TV?

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

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

GAME SUMMARY:  Senior RB Terrance Magee was the hero of the Tigers big win over Kentucky.  Magee rushed for 127 yards and 2 touchdowns.   With this win, the Tigers are 6 – 2 and bowl eligible for the 15th consecutive year!


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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  Here is the link: 


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 the The on ESPN’s “College Game Day” coming to Baton Rouge for this weekend’s LSU game against the Ole Miss Rebels.  


By Ross Dellenger and Lawrence Barreca – The – Oct 21, 2014


LSU safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates after a defensive stop agasint Kentucky, during the first half of the teams' game, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

LSU safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates after a defensive stop agasint Kentucky, during the first half of the teams’ game, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

ESPN’s “College GameDay” is coming back to Baton Rouge.

The network’s Saturday morning pregame show will broadcast live from LSU’s campus before the Tigers meet No. 3 Ole Miss at 6:15 p.m. on ESPN. The show will set up on the LSU Parade Grounds.

GameDay is making its 10th trip to Baton Rouge in its history. That’s the most of any Southeastern Conference team outside of Florida (12). This will be the show’s first trip to Baton Rouge since coming before LSU’s 2012 game against then-No. 1 Alabama.

The Tigers have lost the last three times “GameDay” has been in Baton Rouge, all coming against No. 1 teams (2012 to Alabama, 2009 to Florida, 2008 to Alabama).

LSU (6-2, 2-2 Southeastern) has won two straight after falling into an 0-2 hole in conference play. The Tigers throttled Kentucky 41-3 on Saturday night, the Tigers’ second-worst beating of the Wildcats in the 57-game series.

Read full article here:


Here is a current listing of LSU Football’s 2015 Committments (as of October 23, 2014):

LSU RB commit Derrius Guice of Catholic in Baton Rouge has indicted he is renewing his search, but has NOT de-commited from LSU.

2015 LSU football commits (15) – 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



LSU’s 2016 Class commitments as of 10/23/2014:

- 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                           ——————————————————————————————————-


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



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!  




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.

Read full article here:



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.



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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By Patrick Bonin – Louisiana – 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.”

Read full article here:



By Deb Sauerhage – Southern Business Journal – Oct 7, 2014

Ethanol, an alcohol made from renewable sources like corn and other grains, once thought to be the solution to our dependence on foreign oil, has not reached its potential in the fuel industry.

According to ethanol experts, the use of ethanol, an environmentally friendly motor vehicle fuel which creates jobs and a market for Illinois corn, has been hindered by government regulations.

More than 1.6 billion gallons of ethanol are produced annually in Illinois. According to the Illinois Renewable Fuels Association in 2012, the production of 13.3 billion gallons of ethanol helped support more than 383,000 jobs.

Blended with gasoline, ethanol helps to substantially reduce carbon monoxide and volatile organic compound emissions.

Despite having fuel available for sale and a new ethanol fuel approved, the ethanol industry is battling with the Environmental Protection Agency, which submitted a proposal to slow production, according to John Caupert, director of National Corn to Ethanol Research Center in Edwardsville.

Read full article here:



By Eric Roston – Bloomberg – Sept 4, 2014


The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on July 28, 2010. Around the location of the oil leak, and around the Mississippi Delta, relatively light swirls and patches appear on the ocean surface.

The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on July 28, 2010. Around the location of the oil leak, and around the Mississippi Delta, relatively light swirls and patches appear on the ocean surface.

Now that a federal judge has ruled that BP acted in gross negligence in 2010, when the Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico and killed 11 people, it’s a good time to ask: How bad were the environmental damages?

At that time, with news networks reserving a corner of their screens for streaming undersea video of streaming undersea oil, the projections were apocalyptic. President Barack Obama delivered an Oval Office address on June 15, 2010, in which he expressed a sentiment widely felt at the time: “Already, this oil spill is the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced.”

Ultimately, once the final dollar amounts are tallied, it might turn out to be the most expensive one. But there are several chronic disasters unfolding around the Gulf that at least compete with the Deepwater Horizon for “worst environmental disaster America has ever faced.” Sure, they’re less telegenic than an open seafloor pipe flooding the Gulf with oil but they are nonetheless worth keeping in mind. Here are three:

Read full article here



By Jim Kleinpeter – Times Picayune – Oct 13, 2014


LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) has moved to the top of the list of offensive options for LSU

LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) has moved to the top of the list of offensive options for LSU

Mark the date of LSU’s victory against Florida – Oct. 11, 2014. That’s the day the Tiger offense was turned over to its best player, freshman running back Leonard Fournette.

In his first career start, LSU didn’t ask much of Fournette, the five-star recruit with three-star numbers going in. They only wanted the 6-feet-2, 230-pound New Orleanian to shoulder the offensive load and help the team squeeze out a desperately needed victory at one of the most difficult venues to win in the SEC.

Fournette delivered – big time – with career highs of 27 carries for 140 yards and two touchdowns in the 30-27 victory. Now LSU’s season has taken a brighter tone going into Saturday’s home game against 5-1 Kentucky. The Tigers are 5-2 and 1-2 in the SEC with three consecutive home games coming up.

In his seventh college game, Fournette ran like a seasoned senior against the No. 4 rush defense in the SEC, allowing 103 yards per game and 2.8 per carry. It was the most yards rushing by an LSU true freshman since Justin Vincent had 201 in the SEC Championship Game vs. Georgia in 2003.

The 27 carries were remarkable but he showed he had the toughness to handle that plus four kickoff returns. Several times he was hammered to the ground but he also delivered some shots, carried tacklers with him, juked others and even threw in a nifty spin move no one had seen this season.

It was a performance many LSU fans have been waiting to see.

“He was doing his thing,” LSU guard Vadal Alexander said. “I saw that little (spin) move on the highlights.”

LSU coach Les Miles didn’t come out and say that Fournette was now the centerpiece of the Tigers’ offense, but it’s pretty obvious developing the quarterback position is going to take awhile. Sophomore Anthony Jennings struggled until coming up with two big throws in the fourth quarter. LSU’s best option for an offensive theme is to give the ball to Fournette.

“Young Tigers are here to play big roles, not just me, for everybody,” Fournette said after the game. “I felt good running the ball.(Runnings backs) Coach Frank (Wilson) told me north and south, downhill, we gotta go downhill. That’s what all the backs did.

“I’m a lot better than I was when the season started. The game has slowed down for me now. That’s why I’m able to see the cutback lanes. It’s coaching and getting help from Kenny (Hilliard) and Terrence (Magee) and all the older guys, they helped me a lot.”

Fournette, in turn, helped the whole team. With Florida leading 7-0 and the Gators’ crowd into the game, Fournette silenced them. He charged off left tackle for 16 yards and then went up the middle 12 yards for his first SEC touchdown, driving Florida safety Marcus Maye 5 yards into the end zone.

In the fourth quarter, he dove over the top of the pile to give LSU its first lead of the game and first in an SEC game this season. Between the touchdowns, he left cornerback Jalen Tabor grasping at air with his spin move on a 15-yard run.

 Fournette now has rushed 93 times for 515 yards and six touchdowns. He’s not among the top 10 in the SEC because those standings are determined by average yards per game. LSU is one of two SEC schools that has played seven which makes his average 72 yards per game. He has more yardage than two of the top 10 league backs.

“He’s improving every week coming to practice and continuing to grow in this offense,” Magee said. “He did a heck of a job, got some hard, tough yards running between the tackles when he needed to. He bounced (outside) some, put some moves on some guys when he needed to. He looked real good.”

He made others look good, too. Fournette got plenty of rest and Magee ran six times for 50 yards as a change-of-pace back, and when he couldn’t finish a second quarter drive, Hilliard came in to score on fourth-and-1.

For Miles, Fournette is an old-school type of back who would have fit perfectly into the Michigan teams when he coached the offensive line. He compares favorably with former Michigan backs that Miles saw up close like Leroy Hoard, another New Orleanian, and Tyrone Wheatley. Miles likes the idea of using them to pound opponents into submission.

“He’s one of those backs that gets stronger as the game gets longer,” Miles said. “He’s cut out to be that kind of back. Leonard gives us that big, fast back we can really push the ball at a defense with.”

Said Alexander of Fournette’s physical style: “We love that, seeing someone set that tone, show them we came to play and are going to be here all night.

“Leonard can be as great as he wants to be. He’s one of the most talented people in the country. He’s going to keep getting better.”

All of Fournette’s teammates talk about his maturity and his strong practice habits. There’s no sense of jealousy from the other backs or the rest of the offense. Jennings, in particular, knows that the better Fournette plays, the easier it will be for him at quarterback.

“He’s a great back, we all know that,” Jennings said. “He comes in every day with a great mindset and does a great job running the football. It continues to build his confidence and the O-line’s confidence.”

Kentucky can expect to see another heavy dose of Fournette. Now that the Tigers’ offensive line is playing better, the season could turn on this two-game swing against East Division opponents. LSU’s best chance is to continue putting the ball in Fournette’s hands as often as possible.

“He’s let his athletic skill take over,” Alexander said. “He’s hitting the hole extremely fast, he’s got great vision and toughness, a powerful guy. He’s showing out and doing what we need him to do.”





By Lynn Doan – Bloomberg – Oct 14, 2014

Gasoline futures are trading at the smallest premium to ethanol in more than a month amid waning demand and low crude prices, threatening to halt the biofuel’s biggest rally since August.

Gasoline for November delivery tumbled 7.51 cents, or 3.3 percent, to close at $2.1802 a gallon on the New York Mercantile Exchange today, the lowest settlement since November 2010. Futures for ethanol, blended into gasoline, gained 3.4 cents to $1.671 a gallon. Ethanol rose 9.7 cents last week, the most since the seven days ended Aug. 15, supported by higher corn prices and increased demand for exports.

“I’m actually getting a little nervous here,” Matt Janney, a broker at Futures International LLC in Chicago, said by telephone today. “Corn’s been rallying, so that’s helped, but this might be short-lived. It’s scary to see gasoline down 7 cents today. At some point, gasoline could get so cheap that it’s going to hurt ethanol.”

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