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“Pete’s” News Corner

  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     *     *     *

PROPOSED EPA ETHANOL RFS FOR 2014 – 2016:

Today (6/25) I posted an article which summarizes the long awaited  EPA Renewal Fuel Standard ethanol blend requirements for 2014 – 2014.  Also, see my post just after “Today’s Feature Article” on how to provide your input to the EPA before the deadline.  I also posted my input to the EPA for your review and use.

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LSU SPORTS SUMMARY:  

NOTICE that I posted the Football Videos in the video section to help get everyone in the mood for FOOTBALL season……coming SOON!

ALSO:  Notice that I posted three (3) new LSU videos – two very good ones on Mike the Tiger which you have not seen before, especially the one on Mike the Tiger History. 

 REMINDER, after you click the video ‘Start arrow ->”, turn up your computer’s volume, and, to see in full screen, click the [  ] on the bottom right hand corner of the video (the ‘Callin Baton Rouge’ video has four arrows instead of [  ] to enlarge to full screen).  After you’ve finished viewing, just press the ‘ESC’ key on your keyboard to return to the home page. 

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  *   *  *   *    ARTICLES SUMMARY   *   *   *   *

LSU SPORTS ARTICLE:  I posted an article from LSU Sports.net about the Tiger football team’s 2016 class, which is currently ranked #1 in the Nation.   Read the article in the LSU section

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 *  *  *   TODAY’S FEATURE ARTICLE   *  *  *

Today I posted a sports article from The Advocate.com titled “We’re Going to be Nasty': LSU’s 2016 Football Recruiting Class Could be Program’s First Consensus No. 1 Haul – With a Twist“.   As I reported several weeks ago, the Tiger Football team’s 2016 draft class is ranked #1 in the Nation by all sports groups.  And, several top commits are working to convince several other top athletes friend or classmates to join them at LSU.  With only 17 commits (25 is the max allowed), the Tigers have two(2)  5 Star,  eleven (11) 4 Star and four (4) 3 Star commits.  If the Tigers could pickup another two 5 Star athletes, there is little doubt they will wind up with the TOP 2016 CLASS!  And, many of the commits are the TOP or near the top in the nation at their position.  One of the commits, Quarterback  Feleipe Franks could well move to a 5 Star after his high school senior year.  He is considered to be one of the TOP multi-threat quarterbacks in the nation.  It’s a very interesting article and I encourage you to read it. 

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LINK TO SUBMIT COMMENTS TO THE EPA ON THEIR PROPOSED NEW RFS FOR 2014 – 2016

NOTE:  I will keep this section here until after the comment deadline on July 27, 2015.

Link to send comments (the deadline to submit comments is July 27, 2015):

http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=EPA-HQ-OAR-2015-0111-0002            (the page takes a little time to load, so be patient)

NOTE: When the page opens, type in your comments in the box provided.  Then click “CONTINUE” and it will allow you to preview the comment and make any changes.  When you are done, click the “SUBMIT COMMENT” button and you’re done.  It will provide you with a receipt and tracking number. 

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Here are comments which I sent to the EPA on their proposed RFS for 2014 – 2016. Feel free to copy and past any parts or the entire comment, BUT, be sure to use YOUR NAME:

“Regarding the EPA Proposed new 2014 – 2016 RFS volumes of ethanol to be blended into gasoline, I URGE the EPA in this new RFS to allow (require) refiners to blend and sell at least 5% of their total gasoline sales as NON-ETHANOL gasoline, without ANY PENALTIES to allow consumers a choice of gasoline to PREVENT the continued damage to motorcycles, marine engines, all gas powered lawn and garden tools, jet skis, snow mobiles, chain saws, home generators and other ‘off road engines’ caused by ethanol gasoline.

A repair shop for small engines near my home who has been in business for over 30 years has had to hire 3 additional workers to help repair lawn mowers, weed eaters, blowers, chain saws, gas powered home generators and other off road engines damaged by ethanol gasoline.  We live in south Louisiana and are subjected to frequent power outages caused by hurricanes.  Gas powered small home generators are a critical part of our ability to maintain power when line power is lost. But, the lack of availability of non ethanol gasoline forces home owners to use ethanol gasoline to power these home generators.  After sitting after use when power returns, the generator will no longer start and must be brought to a repair shop to clean the carburetor because of ethanol gasoline damage.

I URGE you to allow refiners to blend NON ETHANOL gasoline to power our off road engines so we don’t have to continue to spend our hard earned money on continued engine repairs damaged by ethanol gasoline. In addition, a marine repair shop where I service my marine engine informed me last year that a large 200 Hp marine engine incurred an $8,000.00 repair bill to correct damage caused by ethanol gasoline.  PLEASE stop this cost to consumers and allow refiners to blend and sell at least 5% of their total gasoline sales as NON ETHANOL gasoline without ANY PENALTIES“.

My receipt for submitting my comments:

Your Receipt

Your Comment Tracking Number: 1jz-8jei-s551

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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 event readers have not been keeping up with National News, an article from “The Hill” discusses a series of new gun control efforts by Obama and his new Attorney General (we all knew she was just as bad as Erik Holder – our two Louisiana Senators voted AGAINST her confirmation) to use Executive Orders to further restrict our gun rights.  I posted the article in the ‘Gun Control in America’ page of the website.  I encourage you to read it.  The NRA which tracks legislative gun control activities reports this may be JUST THE BEGINNING of Obama’s efforts to try to take our gun rights since he can’t get them approved by the House and Senate before he leaves office.  If you are NOT currently a member of either the NRA or the NAGR, I URGE you to consider joining.  Dues for the NRA are only $25/year and $35/year for the NAGR.  They need our help to STOP Obama and his gun control agenda.  See the links below on how 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.  

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   *   *   *

*  63 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.    

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Today I posted an article from LSU Sports.net announcing that LSU will ‘Take Over’ the SEC Network this Sunday.  Each SEC college will have the opportunity to take over a 24 hour period on the SECN this summer.  Read the schedule in the article below on which sport will be showcased at what time. 

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LSU TO ‘TAKEOVER’ SEC NETWORK ON SUNDAY

By Michael Bonnette/Sr. Associate Athletic Director/SID – July 2, 2015

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BATON ROUGE – The LSU Tigers stage their SEC Network Takeover (#SECNTakeover) beginning late Saturday and continuing for 24 hours through Sunday evening with the assistance of former LSU No. 2 overall draft pick, shortstop Alex Bregman.

LSU has selected 13 events in eight different sports from the archives to relive with fans on the national television network for 24 consecutive hours. (Note: takeover schedules were created from available television inventory available to ESPN and the SEC Network. NCAA Championships were not available for re-air.)

The SEC Network Takeover is a two-week programming initiative dedicated to airing programming selected by Southeastern Conference schools. All 14 schools are crafting their own 24-hour schedule which may include classic games, films, ESPN original contest and some school-produced content.

The oldest event on the schedule dates back to Dec. 21, 2002, when the LSU men’s basketball team was able to defeat the No. 1-ranked Arizona Wildcats, 66-65, at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Dick Vitale was on the call in a game shown nationally on ESPN2. Basketball will also be featured in another recent classic under present Head Coach Johnny Jones when the Tigers were able to defeat No. 11 Kentucky, 87-82, on a night when sleet and freezing rain practically made travel to the game impossible. Play-by-Play announcer Brad Nessler renamed the “Deaf Dome” the “Ice Dome” for that one night.

Football has three slots in the lineup with two games in Baton Rouge at Tiger Stadium and a replay of an SEC Championship game. At 1 a.m., fans can watch the September 2007 win over No. 9 Virginia Tech and at 8 a.m. see another win over another No. 9-ranked team, this time Florida. The final football game will open the night session on Sunday at LSU meets No. 12 Georgia in the 2011 SEC Championship game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

LSU Baseball will be shown twice surrounding that LSU-Georgia football game with LSU meeting Florida at 3:30 p.m. in the championship game of the 2014 SEC Tournament from Hoover, Ala., and then one of the more dramatic games from this past season when LSU met No. 2 Texas A&M in the first game of a series at Alex Box Stadium in April. That game will conclude the takeover beginning at 8:30 p.m.

The 24-hours of LSU coverage begin at 11 p.m. Saturday, July 4, when the LSU gymnastics team meets Florida before over 12,000 at the Maravich Center in a battle of top 3 teams. At 3:30 a.m. it will be LSU volleyball’s dramatic win on the road at Texas A&M from this past November.

Women’s Basketball will be on twice, once at 5 a.m. for a February 20113 battle with No. 9 Georgia and then at 11 a.m. for a matchup against No. 10 Kentucky from this past season.

Before winning the program’s first national championship in 60 years, the LSU Men’s Golf team took home the SEC Championship at Sea Island Golf Club’s Seaside Course in South Carolina. The conference victory was the Tigers first in 28 years.

The LSU softball program will also showcase a game from this past season when they were able to go to Gainesville and knock off No. 1 Florida in one of the wildest contests of the season. This game will be broadcast beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.

LSU’s SEC Network Takeover Schedule

START (CT) WATCH SPORT OPPONENT DATE RECAP SCORE
11 p.m. Watch It Gymnastics #2 Florida 2/20/2015 Recap W, 197.950-197.425
1 a.m. Watch It Football #9 Virginia Tech 9/8/2007 Recap W, 48-7
3:30 a.m. Watch It Volleyball Texas A&M 11/6/2014 Recap W, 3-2
5 a.m. Watch It Women’s Basketball #9 Georgia 2/10/2013 Recap W, 62-54
6:30 a.m. Watch It Men’s Basketball #1 Arizona 12/21/2002 Recap W, 66-65
8 a.m. Watch It Football #9 Florida 10/6/2007 Recap W, 28-24
10:30 a.m. Watch It Men’s Golf 2015 SEC Championship 4/19/2015 Recap 1st (827, -13)
11 a.m. Watch It Women’s Basketball #10 Kentucky 1/18/2015 Recap W, 84-79
12:30 p.m. Watch It Softball #1 Florida (Game 2) 3/14/2015 Recap W, 14-10
2 p.m. Watch It Men’s Basketball #11 Kentucky 1/28/2014 Recap W, 87-82
3:30 p.m. Watch It Baseball #7 Florida (SECT CG) 5/25/2014 Recap W, 2-0
6 p.m. Watch It Football #12 Georgia (SECCG) 12/3/2011 Recap W, 42-10
8:30 p.m. Watch It Baseball #2 Texas A&M 4/23/2015 Recap W, 4-3

About The SEC Network

The Southeastern Conference and ESPN have a 20-year agreement through 2034 to create and operate a multiplatform network which launched August 14, 2014. The network and its accompanying digital platform carry SEC content 24/7 and featured more than 1,000 live events the first year. The network televised over 45 SEC football games, more than 100 men’s basketball games, 60 women’s basketball games, 75 baseball games, and events from across the SEC’s 21 sports annually. Programming includes in-depth commentary and analysis in studio shows, daily news and information, original contest such as SEC Storied, spring football games and more. AT&T U-verse, Bright House Networks, Charter, Comcast Xfinity TV, Cox Communications, DIRECTV Dish, Google Fiber, LUS Fiber, Mediacom, PTC Communications, Suddenlink, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS, Wilkes Telephone and members of the NCTC, NRTC and NTTC carried the television network nationwide. Hundreds of addition live events from various sports are offered exclusively as SEC Network+ events on WatchESPN and SECNetwork.com through authenticated access from AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DIRECTV, Dish, Google Fiber, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS and members of the NCTC, NRTC and NTTC.

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LSU’S 2016 FOOTBALL COMMITMENTS:

The Tiger’s 2016 class with 17 commitments is now ranked 1st in the Nation by BOTH 247 Sports and Rivals!

The Tigers received it’s 17th commitment for the 2016 class on June 17, 2015 from Eric Monroe of North Shore, Houston, TX

 LSU’s 2016 Class commitments as of June 17, 2015 (17 total):

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

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

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

- Eric Monroe (4 STAR) – S, 6’0”, 180,  North Shore, Houston, 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

- 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
1
2
LSULSU 17 2 10 5 92.09 267.16
2
-1
Florida StateFlorida State 18 3 9 6 91.20 264.75
3
-1
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
-2
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 ONE ethanol FREE location in Louisiana recently:

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

We added THREE new ethanol FREE location in Louisiana recently:

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”        

‘WE’RE GOING TO BE NASTY’: LSU’S 2016 FOOTBALL RECRUITING CLASS COULD BE PROGRAM’S FIRST CONSENSUS No. 1 HAUL – WITH A TWIST

‘WE’RE GOING TO BE NASTY’: LSU’S 2016 FOOTBALL RECRUITING CLASS COULD BE PROGRAM’S FIRST CONSENSUS No. 1 HAUL – WITH A TWIST

By Ross Dellenger – The Advocate.com – July 2, 2015

 

The LSU football team get fired up before taking the field against Sam Houston State Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge.

The LSU football team get fired up before taking the field against Sam Houston State Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge.

LSU’s 2016 recruiting class is mesmerizing even to those who are a part of it.

Texas linebacker Rahssan Thornton, for instance, spent a few minutes recently researching each one of the other 16 commitments who make up the group. He found similarities with most of them: They’re ranked in the upper echelon at their position nationally.

There’s the No. 1-ranked dual-threat quarterback, and a safety and cornerback both ranked second at their positions. The Tigers have commits from the seventh-best defensive tackle, sixth-ranked tight end and third-ranked offensive guard.

They’ve got three more players in the top-15 at their position nationally, according to 247Sports’ rankings, and there are five highly ranked in-state uncommitted prospects who many expect to pledge to LSU soon.

Thornton finished his research and probably smiled.

“We’re going to be nasty,” he said this week. “It’s looking good.”

Good? Great. No. 1, in fact.

LSU has the top-ranked recruiting class in the nation after a commitment surge in June, and the Tigers, most feel, are on track to reel in the first consensus No. 1-ranked signing class in program history.

Read full article here:  http://theadvocate.com/news/12811212-123/were-going-to-be-nasty

TESTS SHOW E15 USE MAY HARM FUEL SYSTEMS IN MILLIONS OF VEHICLES

TESTS SHOW E15 USE MAY HARM FUEL SYSTEMS IN MILLIONS OF VEHICLES

By Bill Bush – API – Jan, 2013

WASHINGTON, January 29, 2013 – Use of the ethanol gasoline blend E15 may endanger fuel systems in millions of 2001 and newer vehicles, API Group Director of Downstream and Industry Operations Bob Greco told reporters this morning, citing newly completed research by the Coordinating Research Council, an organization created and supported by the oil and auto industries. Greco, who said the fuel system failures could lead to vehicle breakdowns, also cited CRC research completed last year that found E15 could damage valve and valve seat engine parts in vehicles:

“The additional E15 testing, completed this month, has identified an elevated incidence of fuel pump failures, fuel system component swelling, and impairment of fuel measurement systems in some of the vehicles tested. E15 could cause erratic and misleading fuel gauge readings or cause faulty check engine light illuminations. It also could cause critical components to break and stop fuel flow to the engine. Failure of these components could result in breakdowns that leave consumers stranded on busy roads and highways. Fuel system component problems did not develop in the CRC tests when either E10 or E0 was used. It is difficult to precisely calculate how many vehicles E15 could harm. That depends on how widely it is used and other factors. But, given the kinds of vehicles tested, it is safe to say that millions could be impacted.

“In 2010 and 2011, EPA gave the green light to use E15 – the 15 percent ethanol gasoline blend – in model-year-2001-and-later cars and some other vehicles. EPA’s action was irresponsible. EPA knew E15 vehicle testing was ongoing but decided not to wait for the results. Why did EPA move forward prematurely? Part of the answer may be the need to raise the permissible concentration level of ethanol so that greater volumes could be used, as required by the federal Renewable Fuel Standard. Most gasoline sold today is an E10 blend, but rising volume requirements under the law can’t be met much longer without going to higher blends. When Congress passed the law, it could not know it was creating this problem. Today we know. The answer is to repeal the RFS before it puts millions of vehicles and many motorists at risk.”

Greco said that automobile manufacturers have told Congress that vehicle warranties will not cover damage due to E15 and that half of all retail station equipment in the country is incompatible with E15, according to a thorough analysis of government and independent research, conducted for API.

API is a national trade association that represents all segments of America’s technology-driven oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 500 members – including large integrated companies, exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms – provide most of the nation’s energy. The industry also supports 9.2 million U.S. jobs and 7.7 percent of the U.S. economy, delivers $86 million a day in revenue to our government, and, since 2000, has invested over $2 trillion in U.S. capital projects to advance all forms of energy, including alternatives.

 

FOR GODFATHER OF ETHANOL, A BET ON NASCAR WITH HIGH STAKES

FOR GODFATHER OF ETHANOL, A BET ON NASCAR WITH HIGH STAKES

By Fuel Fix/Bloomberg – June 26, 2015

 

Erik Jones (54) drives past Regan Smith (7) during the NASCAR Xfinity series auto race at Chicagoland Speedway, Sunday, June 21, 2015, in Joliet, Ill

Erik Jones (54) drives past Regan Smith (7) during the NASCAR Xfinity series auto race at Chicagoland Speedway, Sunday, June 21, 2015, in Joliet, Ill

Jeff Broin’s silhouette shines in the glossy hood of the modified grass-green Chevrolet SS. It’s moments before the start of Nascar’s Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan, and Broin is having a quick chat with young driver Austin Dillon.

A racing fan for a decade, Broin is now a Nascar sponsor. And what really has him revved up is what’s splashed in bold white letters across the hood of Dillon’s racer and the stuff in its fuel tank: “E-15,” spelled out more precisely as “15% Ethanol.”

The 49-year-old Broin, founder of Poet LLC, the biggest U.S. ethanol producer, is the architect of a promotion by which Nascar uses gasoline mixed with 15 percent concentrations of the corn-based fuel to power its $150,000 supercars. He and the trade group American Ethanol have been counting on that sales job to help sway public opinion — a task getting harder every day.

“It’s just a great way to show how our product performs under some of the harshest conditions on the planet,” says Broin above the din of revving engines and amidst the singular smell of race day — the aroma of barbecue pits, beer, gasoline and motor oil all mixing on the humid air.

Lingering Debate

The problem is that if the sponsorship has raised the profile of ethanol among race fans, it’s done little to quiet a decade-old debate about whether ethanol is a renewable-fuels godsend or a government-subsidized mistake.

Ethanol’s enemies cross political lines. Many conservative outfits see ethanol requirements as an insult to free-market energy thinking. Liberal-leaning green groups say ethanol production encourages farming on marginal lands, increases food prices for the poor by raising commodity prices and actually takes more energy to make than it produces.

They seem to be making headway. Only last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which administers the ethanol program, proposed a sharp cutback in ethanol mandates that were expanded by Congress in 2007. This year, refiners will blend 13.4 billion gallons of ethanol, 1.6 billion less than the 2007 targets and two billion gallons short of the 15.4 billion the U.S.’s 212 plants have capacity to produce.

Playing Offense

In Broin’s view, such setbacks are precisely why he and ethanol’s advocates have to take the marketing offensive. “What I know about ethanol is that it’s not only the cleanest fuel on the planet earth,” says Broin. “It’s the only liquid transportation fuel that’s in sync with the environment.”

Which is certainly the message he has come to spread on this sultry June day at the Michigan speedway. A lanky, fit, sandy-haired man with piercing blue eyes and a bushy brown mustache, he weaves through the pre-race crowds, a group of ethanol-industry supporters in tow, talking up what he sees as the wonders of the fuel that he’s become synonymous with — and which has made his family rich.

In his starched khakis and black polo shirt, “American Ethanol” stitched across the pocket, Broin stays relentlessly on point. Ethanol’s real enemy first appeared in 2008 when gasoline demand started to slow, he says. The feds at the time only allowed a 10 percent mixture of ethanol for most vehicles. One way to get around the slowdown was to get higher-blend ethanol approved.

That’s when Broin formed Growth Energy — which he calls “a more aggressive voice for renewable fuels and agriculture” and one that “could change the argument” in favor of 15 percent ethanol.

Seeking a Waiver

Growth Energy filed a waiver with the EPA in 2009 to get the 15 percent mixture approved and the EPA obliged in 2011. However, E-15’s rollout has been limited so far because of refiners’ worries that the new blend might impede engine performance or even cause engine damage.

Broin sees that as bunk — and says his promotional deal with Nascar, which will run through 2019, shows E-15 is safe.

As for Nascar, “We wanted to be a greener sport across all platforms,” says Steve O’Donnell, Nascar’s senior vice president. The race cars, meanwhile, run fine on E-15 — actually gaining horsepower, he says.

Broin, the trade group and Nascar all declined to say what the sponsorship costs. On its racing circuits website, Nascar prices a primary sponsorship at as much as $35 million per season.

Ethanol Missionary

If Broin sounds utterly missionary about ethanol, it’s in his roots. His father, Lowell, got the idea to build a 250,000-gallon per year plant on his Minnesota farm in the early 80’s after reading a magazine story on the nascent biofuels movement. Only a few years before, President Jimmy Carter, citing lingering concerns over gasoline shortages caused by the Arab oil embargo, had signed legislation awarding generous tax incentives for the corn-based fuel.

Over the past two decades, Broin has grown Poet, the Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based company, to 27 plants with a capacity of 1.7 billion gallons and revenues of $7 billion last year. “From that one little plant on the farm we grew to five percent of the corn crop,” Broin says. “It’s a real American success story.”

Now, though, ethanol has a new and potent enemy. The shale revolution — employing hydraulic fracturing or fracking — helped the U.S. last year pump more oil than at any time since 1983, vastly reducing fears of the shortages that started the ethanol boom in the first place.

Ethanol’s discount to U.S. gasoline futures has averaged about 28 cents so far this year, less than half the average of about 66 cents last year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Industry Blow

That may also help to explain why the EPA is dialing back those ethanol targets. Mild-mannered most of the time, Broin, who stepped down as Poet’s CEO in 2012 to focus on ethanol advocacy and philanthropic efforts, gets riled up about the reductions. Farmers are sitting on a big corn crop, plant capacity is more than adequate, yet some plants have already been idled.

“It was a blow to the industry,” says Broin. “They really pulled the rug out from under us.”

Broin’s other problem is that while consumers may abide ethanol-blended gasoline nobody seems to love it. Entire boating websites are given over to a debate about whether ethanol damages outboard motors. (Ethanol defenders blame the oil industry for spreading a lot of ethanol-is-damaging stories.)

Still, a short walk around Michigan International shows the Nascar campaign isn’t changing all minds.

Mike Meyer, a 57-year-old Detroit grocery-store loading-dock worker, is a 30-year Nascar fan. In between drags of his Pall Mall Menthol 100’s, he says he won’t put ethanol-blended gas in his 1999 Honda motor cycle, seeking out unblended regular instead.

“That ethanol thing — you get less miles per gallon,” he says.

THE EPA IS FORCING MORE ETHANOL INTO GAS TANKS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. HERE’S HOW IT WILL AFFECT YOU.

THE EPA IS FORCING MORE ETHANOL INTO GAS TANKS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.  HERE’S HOW IT WILL AFFECT YOU

By Energy Tomorrow – June, 2015

Blue gas pump showing E10 labels in white

By now you are probably aware that most gasoline that you buy in the United States contains a percentage of ethanol, which is an alcohol typically produced from corn or other sugary ingredients.

Currently, most American gasoline only contains about 10% ethanol at the pumps (E10), but the EPA wants to increase that percentage to 15%, also known as E15.

The EPA is trying to make these changes in order to improve vehicle emissions, but some say they are completely overlooking the laundry list of negative effects that switching to E15 will have on the average American.

Researchers, as well as car manufacturers, believe that E15 cadamage vehicles and leave drivers stranded, especially older models which make up most of the cars on the road todayEthanol has 33% less energy than gasoline, meaning that it can leave vehicles with less power and minimize fuel efficiency.

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Vehicle Manufacturers and E15

According to this information, not one manufacturer recommended use of E15 in any of their vehicles between 2001-2011.

A letter to the Chicago Tribune from Russell Garcia, who owns five gas stations, helps sum up some of the issues:

“The major automakers are telling customers to be careful when they use E15 because it will void most engine warranties if put into the tank; the vast majority of cars on the road are not compatible. For this reason, AAA has advocated the suspension of E15 sales nationwide since 2012.”

Here are a few popular models (click this link to read issues with E15) that could be negatively affected by E15 gasoline in their engines:

 2015 Dodge Ram 1500

 A spokesman for Chrysler told Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, an opponent of E15: “We are not confident that our vehicles will not be damaged from the use of E15…The warranty information provided to our customers specifically notes that use of the blends beyond E10 will void the warranty.”

 2015 Hyundai Genesis 

 Hyundai told Congressman Sensenbrenner: “The EPA tests failed to conclusively show that the vehicles will not be subject to damage or increased wear.”

2015 Nissan Sentra

 A Nissan Representative told Congressman Sensenbrenner: “We are not at all confident that there will not be damage to MY 2001 and later vehicles that are fueled with E15. In our view the record fails to demonstrate that motor vehicles…would not be damaged and result in failures when run on E15.”

 2015 Mazda 3 

 Mazda wrote to Congressman Sensenbrenner: “The record fails to demonstrate that motor vehicles would not be damaged and result in failures when run on E15.”

 According to research, ethanol is not as environmentally friendly as people think.

The Clean Air Task Force claims that air pollution is actually worse with the introduction of ethanol:

“If EPA had analyzed corn ethanol produced during 2010-2015 … the Agency would have found that corn ethanol’s net emissions over 30 years are approximately 28% higher than the emissions that would result from the use of gasoline over the same period.”

 There is also a huge risk in hurting the United States economically. According to Energy Tomorrow, the U.S. could take a hit of up to $770 billion dollars to our annual GDP and cause a rise in gas prices.

According to Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, The EPA is once again forcing a measure that is untested, detrimental to the American public, and not necessarily good for the environment. Rushing in to bold measures such as this can cause more negative side effects than the actual benefits that the EPA claim E15 will have on American cars.

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WHY BIOFUELS CAN’T REPLACE OIL

WHY BIOFUELS CAN’T REPLACE OIL

By Jude Clemente – Forbes Energy – June 17, 2015

“There is growing concern about the role of biofuels in rising food prices…and doubts about the climate benefits. This has led to serious questions about their sustainability,” Renewable Fuels Agency

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007′s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) orders the use of at least 36 billion gallons of transport biofuels by 2022, up from about 15 billion gallons of output today (by comparison, the U.S. now uses 140 billion gallons of gasoline and 63 billion gallons of diesel fuel each year). Of this, 16 billion gallons is expected to be from “cellulosic biofuels,” which is derived from parts of plants, wood waste, and other non-food feedstocks (although only about 21 million gallons were produced in 2014).

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for establishing and implementing regulations to ensure compliance. Ethanol and biodiesel are the two main types of biofuels, derived from organic matter (obtained directly from plants, or indirectly from agricultural, commercial, domestic, and/or industrial wastes).

To be a viable alternative for petroleum, a biofuel should provide a net energy gain, offer clear environmental and economic benefits, and not reduce food supplies and/or increase their costs. Biofuels fall short of these requirements and should therefore stay a niche market, used moderately and optionally instead of mandated at wide-scale public use. Environmental groups themselves have found that between 2008 and 2022, biofuels will receive more than $400 billion in subsidies.

Increases Fuel and Food Prices

A major hurdle to commercialization of biofuels is their cost in comparison to petroleum-based fuels. Lower energy density and the price of raw materials make biofuels more expensive when producing heat. And the higher the biofuel content of the fuel, the lower the energy density and thus energy efficiency (see Fig. 1).

 A vital concept when considering alternatives to petroleum is the energy return on investment (EROI), or how much net energy gain resides in the finished product compared to the total energy that was used in its production. EROI measures the processes of producing, distributing, and consuming an energy source. And it directly impacts the price, rate of adoption, economic development rate, and the environmental benefits of the society that consumes it. Petroleum has an EROI of 16, versus just 5.5 for biodiesel from soybeans, which account for about 60% of U.S. biodiesel output. In reality, this means that biofuels contradict state and national goals/mandates to deploy energy efficiency as a “priority resource” to reduce both energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions. For example, released in May 2014, The White House’s 40-page Energy Strategy for America mentions “efficiency” a whopping 44 times!

Read full article here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/judeclemente/2015/06/17/why-biofuels-cant-replace-oil/

OFFICIALS IN COLUMBUS DISCUSS MIDWEST’S ROLE IN GULF OF MEXICO DEAD ZONE

OFFICIALS IN COLUMBUS DISCUSS MIDWEST’S ROLE IN GULF OF MEXICO DEAD ZONE

By Laura Arenschield – The Columbus Dispatch – May 21, 2015

The farmlands of the Midwest are contributing to a dead zone the size of Connecticut in the Gulf of Mexico, where low oxygen levels have made it impossible for fish and other aquatic life to survive.

2014 Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone

2014 Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone

On Wednesday, policymakers from across the Midwest met in Columbus to talk about ways to ease that dead zone and solve other agriculture-runoff problems, including the kind of toxic algae that plagues Lake Erie each summer.

“We need to maintain our (agricultural) productivity but be mindful of the environmental impact we have,” said Greg LaBarge, a field specialist in agronomic systems for Ohio State University Extension.

Fertilizer suppliers and farmers in western Ohio have voluntarily undergone audits, or evaluations, to determine how to limit agricultural runoff to western Lake Erie, where toxic-algae blooms typically form, LaBarge said.

Read full article here:  http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/05/21/officials-discuss-midwests-role-in-gulf-dead-zone.html

REPORT: THREE-PRONGED APPROACH NEEDED TO BATTLE DEAD ZONE-CAUSING NUTRIENTS

REPORT: THREE-PRONGED APPROACH NEEDED TO BATTLE DEAD ZONE-CAUSING NUTRIENTS

By Amy Wold – The Advocate.com – Feb 4, 2015

 

A satellite image shows the Mississippi River drainage, carrying vast quantities of sediment and depositing it along the shore of Louisiana and into the Gulf of Mexico.

A satellite image shows the Mississippi River drainage, carrying vast quantities of sediment and depositing it along the shore of Louisiana and into the Gulf of Mexico.

Careful management of fertilizers on cropland in the Mississippi River drainage basin can help reduce the amount of harmful nutrients that flow down the Mississippi River and cause the annual Gulf of Mexico dead zone, but much more needs to be done.

Only about a third of the reduction can be reached through these fertilizer management activities, according to a new report in the Journal of the American Water Resources Association. The other two-thirds would require the construction of wetlands as well as having farmers plant cover crops. Both measures would help remove dead zone causing nutrients before they get to the river.

“Just doing fertilizer management will not be enough,” said Eileen McLellan, senior scientist with the Environmental Defense Fund and lead author of the article.

Dead zones are caused when nutrients from agriculture fertilizer or sewer systems get into the Mississippi River and then the Gulf of Mexico.

Read full article here: http://theadvocate.com/news/11505489-123/report-three-pronged-approach-needed-to

GULF DEAD ZONE COULD BE DRAMATICALLY SHRUNK, BUT AT A HIGH COST

GULF DEAD ZONE COULD BE DRAMATICALLY SHRUNK, BUT AT A HIGH COST

By Amy Wold – The Advocate.com – Dec 30, 2014

Project would cost $2.7 billion each year

2014 Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone

2014 Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone

At an eye-popping price tag of $2.7 billion every year, the country could meet the national goal of reducing the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico to 1,930 square miles, according to a new report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The dead zone — an area of low oxygen that can’t support marine life — forms every summer after nutrients from upriver activities like farming or urban runoff stimulate the growth of algae. The algae then use up oxygen as they fall to the water bottom and decompose.

The paper reports the results of a computer model that looked at the effect on water quality of various farming methods and then identified areas where the most benefit could be achieved through targeted investment in agriculture conservation practices.

“We’re trying to decide where, in the entire Mississippi River and Atchafalaya River watershed, to put these agricultural practices,” said Sergey Rabotyagov, lead author of the report and associate professor of natural resource economics in the University of Washington School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.

Read full article here:  http://theadvocate.com/news/11118530-123/gulf-dead-zone-could-be