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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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“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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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

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!

I worked most of the day today (9/19) “cleaning up” the petition spreadsheet.  I had to send e-mails to 105 people who signed the petition but DID NOT list their address.  As of late Sunday night, I received replies from 22.  About 4 apparently either listed the wrong e-mail address or since they singed changed their e-mail address.  If any readers joined the petition and failed to enter their home address, PLEASE check your e-mail!  I e-mailed everyone who did not enter their address (100+) on Thursday and asked that you reply and provide me with your home address.  As of Saturday night, I’ve only heard from 22!  Still have 78 who have NOT responded.  Then today (9/26) I discovered ANOTHER 25 who listed a P.O. Box, street with no number, etc as their home address.  I sent e-mails to each Friday night asking they provide me with their full address.  I ALSO re-sent e-mails to the 78 who have not yet responded to my first e-mail a week ago who did NOT provide any address.  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 an ethanol article which discusses the worsening damage that fertilizers from the corn belt states that grow corn for ethanol is becoming more and more of a very serious problem, which the EPA to date has REFUSED to regulate.  It’s a VERY GOOD article and discusses the impact on the Gulf of Mexico.   

LSU SPORTS NEWS:  Today (9/29), I posted a sports article from The Bleacher Report on Brandon Harris’s performance in the last minutes of the loss to Mississippi State and the huge win over New Mexico State this past Saturday.  For his performance, Harris was named the SEC “Freshman of the Week” and an announcement from Coach Les Miles that Harris will start the upcoming game against Auburn this Saturday.  Read the article in the LSU sports section below.

NOTICE:  I posted the October “Fishing Babe” today…..check her out.

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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 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……..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 at most 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 survey 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 Environmental Group titled “Increasing Pollution, Dwindling Options“.   The authors of the article discuss the impact of food and continued environmental damage of waterways across the Country due to fertilizer nutrient runoff from cornfields in the midwest.  This situation is getting worse and worse, and we will ALL need to continue to put PRESSURE on our elected U.S. Senators and Representatives in Washington to demand that EPA develop regulations to control fertilizer runoff from their corn fields.  You may recall a few months ago that I published an article about toxic algae polluting Lake Erie and also the water supply of Toledo, Ohio.  Over 75,000 residents were left without water!  Water had to be trucked in and engineering studies conducted on an emergency basis to tie a pipeline from another city to provide a source of drinking water to Toledo.  After the November 4th elections, I’ll again post the e-mail addresses and phone numbers of ALL Louisiana and Mississippi U.S. Senators and Representatives so we can try to crush them with requests that they DEMAND that the EPA develop regulations to STOP this damage to our environment before it gets even worse.  

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*   *   *  FOOTBALL SEASON IS HERE   *   *   *

NCAA Football Polls – LSU Rankings (9/28/2014):`

- Associated Press Poll –       #15  (were #17)

- USA Today/Coaches Poll – #15  (were #18)

SIX OF THE TOP 15 COLLEGES IN SUNDAY’S FOOTBALL POLL ARE FROM THE SEC WEST DIVISION:  Alabama (3), Auburn (5), Texas A&M (6), Ole Miss (11), Mississippi State (12) and LSU (15). 

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

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

10/4LSU vs Auburn – at Auburn – 6:00 pm – ESPN TV

10/11LSU vs Florida – at Florida – TBA – TV? 

10/18LSU vs Kentucky – Death Valley – TBA – TV?

10/25LSU vs Ole Miss – Death Valley – TBA – TV?

11/1BYE Week

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

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

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

GAME SUMMARY:  Monday (9/29) True Freshman Brandon Harris was named the SEC “Freshman of the Week” for his play in the HUGE Tiger win over New Mexico State.  ALSO, Coach Les Miles also announced today that Brandon Harris will get the start against Auburn this Saturday in Auburn!

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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 from SEC Sports Writer Barrett Sallee on Brandon Harris’ play in the big win over New Mexico State past Saturday and the importance of Harris getting the start against Auburn this upcoming Saturday.  

LSU vs AUBURN A LOT MORE INTRIGUING WITH EMERGENCE OF BRANDON HARRIS

By Barrett Sallee/SEC Football Lead Writer – Bleacher Report – Sept 28, 2014

 

LSU Freshman Quarterback Brandon Harris

LSU Freshman Quarterback Brandon Harris

Prior to Week 5, LSU’s game at Auburn looked like it would be more of a pushover for the Tigers from Auburn than an intriguing matchup.

After all, Auburn—which ranks third in the conference in rush defense (90.75 YPG)—can follow the same blueprint Mississippi State used to stomp LSU in Death Valley—a punishing run defense and back end that can take advantage of miscues.

LSU head coach Les Miles threw a curveball on Saturday night against New Mexico State, when he brought in true freshman quarterback Brandon Harris in for Anthony Jennings and left him in until it was time for mop-up duty.

All Harris did was complete 11 of 14 passes for 178 yards, three touchdowns and no picks, rush for 36 yards and score two rushing touchdowns. Harris brings what Jennings can’t: consistency in the passing game and more of a home run threat on the ground.

“It seemed like everything was clicking when I was in the game,” Harris said in quotes released by LSU. “I told [punter] Jamie [Keehn] that we weren’t going to make him punt that often in the game tonight. It was an amazing feeling.”

Meanwhile, Jennings went 2-for-5 for 11 yards, two interceptions and one fumble in the first quarter.

“Anthony Jennings is going to have to get better, and we are going to insist on it,” Miles said in quotes released by LSU. “I hope he has not lost his confidence. Some of the things that he did and certainly the fumble is certainly one of those things that you cannot do.”

Miles announced on Monday that the status quo won’t remain. Harris will get the first snaps of the game when the Tigers travel to Auburn to take on the defending SEC champs, according to Shea Dixon of 247 Sports.com.

It’s the right move.

Sometimes stats lie, but in this case they don’t. Harris is the quarterback of the future and the present.

The Tigers have responded well with Harris in the game in each of their last two outings, he’s shown that he’s a reliable and consistent passer and makes quick decisions when the heat is on. He’s developed a chemistry with several receivers, including sophomore Travin Dural and true freshman Malachi Dupre—who now has nine catches for 197 yards and four touchdowns.

Basically, he’s exactly what LSU needs on the road at Auburn.

Is it a risk starting a true freshman on the road in a hostile environment in what amounts to a must-win game?

Absolutely. Starting Jennings, though, is a riskier proposition.

Don’t sleep on LSU’s chances on the Plains.

We’ve seen fire (1996), hurricanes (2004) and earthquakes (1988) in this rivalry over the last few decades.

A true freshman winning on the road wouldn’t be the most shocking development in the world.

That, of course, depends on Miles not playing musical quarterback with him.

Barrett Sallee is the Lead SEC college football writer and video analyst for Bleacher Report, as well as a co-host of the CFB Hangover on Bleacher Report Radio (Sundays, 9-11 a.m. ET) on Sirius 93, XM 208.

 

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

LSU lost Kevin Henry commit but gained Jeremy Cutrer from JUCO

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

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LSU’S 2016 FOOTBALL COMMITMENTS:

LSU’s 2016 Class commitments as of 9/28/2014:

- 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 FOUR ethanol FREE location in Louisiana recently:

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 FOUR new ethanol FREE location in Louisiana recently:

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”        

INCREASING POLLUTION, DWINDLING OPTIONS

INCREASING POLLUTION, DWINDLING OPTIONS

By Environmental Working Group – Sept 19, 2012

The Food and Environmental Reporting Network released a striking report this week (Sept. 18) describing how industrial agriculture and climate change are fueling massive blooms of toxic algae: 

“Blooms have closed lake beaches or led to swimming advisories from Vermont’s Lake Champlain to Dorena Reservoir in Oregon and from Florida’s Caloosahatchee River to Wisconsin’s Lake Menomin. In addition to the health risks, the blooms take an economic toll. An estimate by Walter Dodds of Kansas State University conservatively puts the annual cost of freshwater algal blooms at more than $1 billion from lost recreation and depressed property values”.

A slide show of horrific images of water tainted by agriculture pollution accompanied the report. The report noted that no federal agency tracks the occurrence of freshwater algal blooms, but experts say they’re getting worse, driven by fertilizer and manure running off farm fields and into lakes and streams. Earth’s warming climate multiplies the effects. Dead zones in the oceans are also a direct result of the farm chemicals that pour off agricultural land. The most notorious is the one in the Gulf of Mexico, which grew to the size of New Jersey before the current drought. As a 2007 report by MSNBC described:

“The nation’s corn crop is fertilized with millions of pounds of nitrogen-based fertilizer. And when that nitrogen runs off fields in Corn Belt states, it makes its way to the Mississippi River and eventually pours into the Gulf, where it contributes to a growing “dead zone” – a 7,900-square-mile patch so depleted of oxygen that fish, crabs and shrimp suffocate”.

Industrial agriculture, not manufacturing, gas drilling or mining, is the largest contributor to America’s water pollution problem. And despite its high cost to taxpayers and businesses, most farm operations are exempt from the federal Clean Water Act, and state governments have little authority to compel farmers to control contamination from their fields. Iowa, in particular, is a major contributor to the Gulf dead zone, and state Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey recently copped to the economic impact that its farmers’ pollution has on Gulf fisheries and the jobs that depend on them:

We certainly don’t see the results of poor shrimp fishing in Iowa, or southeast Iowa, or anyplace in Iowa, but it is something that we all share, and we care about water quality.

But Northey won’t countenance any actual government action to deal with the problem of widespread agricultural pollution. “This won’t get fixed by regulations,” he told the Times-Republican in Marshalltown, Iowa, “but through volunteer efforts.” The reality is that “volunteer efforts” are largely underwritten by taxpayers through government programs that pay farmers to reduce pollution. The same people who are paying the price for contaminated water and decimated fisheries also, it seems, get stuck paying the tab for fixing the problem at its source. Taxpayers, of course, are also shouldering the staggering cost of farm subsidies and government-financed crop insurance. People who feel the environmental and economic effects of farm pollution downriver in the battered Gulf region have a different view of voluntary remedies. In July 2011, the editorial board of the New Orleans Times-Picayune wrote:

“What is needed is a meaningful effort to reduce nutrient pollution that comes down the river – nitrates and phosphates that are used in agriculture. So far, those efforts have been voluntary, and ineffective. Even though the dead zone this year is smaller than feared, the federal government and states that drain into the Mississippi need to finally get serious about the pollution that causes it”.

And on July 31 of this year, the Times-Picayune opined again:

“Unfortunately, those efforts to reduce nutrients have been voluntary and obviously not very effective. But as for the dead zone itself, the cause is obviously fertilizer use, and meaningful attempts to reduce nutrient runoff are long overdue.

It is way past time to face the facts. Voluntary efforts alone are not getting the job done. Farmers must be required to take simple but effective measures to stem pollution in return for the generous support they receive from federal taxpayers. And states must have the authority and courage to rein in egregious farming practices that cause a disproportionate share of the pollution that leads to more and more dangerous algal blooms.

BRANDON HARRIS LEAVES NO DOUBT THAT HE’S LSU’S BEST QUARTERBACK

BRANDON HARRIS LEAVES NO DOUBT THAT HE’S LSU’S BEST QUARTERBACK

By Ron Higgins – NOLA.com/The Times Picayune – Sept 27, 2014

 

LSU quarterback Brandon Harris (6) runs the ball during the second half of the Tigers' 63-7 victory over New Mexico State on Saturday night in Tiger Stadium. The true freshman came off the bench to throw for three TDs and run for two more.

LSU quarterback Brandon Harris (6) runs the ball during the second half of the Tigers’ 63-7 victory over New Mexico State on Saturday night in Tiger Stadium. The true freshman came off the bench to throw for three TDs and run for two more.

BATON ROUGE - I don’t need to look at game film.

I don’t need to look at a bunch of numbers. The only stat that’s relevant is LSU has scored touchdowns in 12 of last 15 possessions he has quarterbacked.

I know what I see. I know LSU’s starting quarterback battle between sophomore Anthony Jennings and true freshman Brandon Harris is over.

The winner by knockout in the fifth game, which was Saturday’s expected 63-7 blowout of New Mexico State, is Harris.

He came off the bench to lead the No. 17 Tigers to seven TDs in seven possessions. His perfect night followed Jennings producing one TD in seven possessions including his three turnovers in the game’s first four possessions.

Harris left no doubt. He hit 11-of-14 passes for 178 yards and three TDs, ran for 36 yards and two TDs. In Harris’ 19:13 of playing time, LSU gained 429 of its 563 yards and scored 49 points. Jennings was 2-of-5 for 11 yards with those two picked passes.

Read full article here:  http://www.nola.com/lsu/index.ssf/2014/09/brandon_harris_leaves_no_doubt.html#incart_river

DUAL-STRIKE-ZONE TECHNIQUE PUTS MORE SPECKLED TROUT IN THE BOAT AT LAKE PONCHARTRAIN’S BRIDGES

DUAL-STRIKE-ZONE TECHNIQUE PUTS MORE SPECKLED TROUT IN THE BOAT AT LAKE PONCHARTRAIN’S BRIDGES

By Todd Masson – NOLA.com/The Times Picayune – Sept 19, 2014

 

Capt. Mike Gallo says specific techniques will greatly improve anglers' success rates at the bridges in eastern Lake Pontchartrain.

Capt. Mike Gallo says specific techniques will greatly improve anglers’ success rates at the bridges in eastern Lake Pontchartrain.

Capt. Mike Gallo is one of the most successful anglers at pulling Lake Pontchartrain’s speckled trout off the stanchions of the bridges along the eastern edge of the water body, but he wasn’t always a Trestles terror.

Like anyone else, Gallo had to learn the subtleties of the bridge bites, and that took time. He told a packed house at a seminar in Covington Tuesday night that he’d play mind games with himself to keep his brain engaged.

“When I was learning the bridges years ago, I’d constantly tell myself, ‘He’s about to bite, he’s about to bite,’ so that I was just constantly ready,” he said.

Gallo would envision fish at the bases of the stanchions, and would picture the action of the lure and what needed to happen to entice those fish to bite.

Read full article here:  http://www.nola.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2014/09/dual-strike-zone_technique_put.html#incart_social_feature

BASEBALL WINS NCAAA RECRUITING TITLE

BASEBALL WINS NCAAA RECRUITING TITLE

By Bill Franques/Sr. Associate SID – LSU Sports.net – Sept 22, 2014

LSU Baseball Coach Paul Mainieri

TUCSON, Ariz. — LSU landed the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation, according to Collegiate Baseball’s annual evaluation of NCAA Division I baseball classes.

It marks the Tigers’ fourth national recruiting title in the 32-year history of the rankings by Collegiate Baseball and the Tigers’ third title in the past eight seasons.

LSU has also captured recruiting championships in 2010, 2007 and 2004.

Of the 12 recruits, which included 11 freshmen and one junior college transfer, five were drafted last June while five other players were high school All-Americans.

LSU coach Paul Mainieri said this impressive recruiting haul was exceptional, especially with NCAA rules governing roster sizes and scholarships.

“We sort of gambled and went after some really talented players that we knew would be draft risks who would possibly not ever make it to campus,” said Mainieri.

“However, in the months since they all signed with us last November, in the conversations we had with them and the actions they were displaying, I could start to sense this was a different group in that they would openly express their desire to be here, be a part of LSU, and understood the significance of being an LSU baseball player.

“And that’s what you dream of as a coach and what you want in the players’ attitudes as they join your team. Our top priority was to add to our pitching staff some power arms. We thought they could really make a difference, and I feel we accomplished that goal.”

LSU landed seven superb pitchers, including three draft picks, two All-Americans and a member of the 2014 NJCAA National Team.

The class was assembled by former recruiting coordinator Javi Sanchez, who departed LSU in July to begin a career in business.

LSU also continued a trend where a school from the Southeastern Conference has won the recruiting title 11 of the last 12 years.

Athletes who initially signed letters of intent with a school, but then signed a pro contract after being drafted, do not count in the overall evaluation. Only athletes who came to school this fall are factored in.

The Tigers’ five players who were drafted last June include:
LHP Jake Latz (Lemont H.S., Lemont, IL), 11th round pick by Toronto
C   Mike Papierski (Lemont H.S., Lemont, IL), 16th round pick by Toronto
LHP Mac Marshall (Parkview H.S., Lilburn, GA), 21st round pick by Houston
RHP Jake Godfrey (Providence Catholic, New Lenox, IL), 21st round pick by Atlanta
INF Grayson Byrd (King’s Ridge Christian, Milton, GA), 39th round pick by Atlanta

The five high school All-Americans were:
INF  Greg Deichmann (Brother Martin H.S., New Orleans, LA)
OF   Beau Jordan (Barbe H.S., Lake Charles, LA)
C/INF Bryce Jordan (Barbe H.S., Lake Charles, LA)
RHP  Alex Lange (Lee’s Summit West H.S., MO)
RHP  Doug Norman (Ardrey Kell H.S., Charlotte, N.C.)

Another high school standout in the class is RHP/INF Austin Bain, an All-State Honorable Mention pick from Dutchtown H.S. in Geismar, La. He hit .374 with 11 doubles, five triples and collected 39 RBI. On the mound, he had a 2.85 ERA with 64 strikeouts in 46.2 innings.

The lone junior college recruit was right-handed pitcher Collin Strall from Tallahassee Community College, who was a member of the 2014 NJCAA national team. He is a sidearm reliever who sits in the mid to upper 80s with great movement. Strall made a team-high 24 appearances last season and recorded a 2.54 ERA with 63 strikeouts, 17 walks and a 7-2 record.

A complete rundown on the top 20 recruiting classes is featured in the Oct. 3 issue of Collegiate Baseball.

2014 NCAA Division I –   Recruiting Results

By Collegiate Baseball                                                                                          

1.  LSU

2. Wichita St.

3. Florida
4. San Diego
5. Oklahoma St.
6. Mississippi St.
7. Texas
8. Stanford
9. Virginia
10. Cal. St. Fullerton
11. North Carolina
12. Oregon St.
13. Texas Tech.
14. Kentucky
15. Mississippi
16. Arkansas
17. UCLA
18. Long Beach St.
19. Oregon
t20. Miami, Fla.
t20. Florida St.
22. Texas Christian
23. Rice
24. South Carolina
25. Vanderbilt
26. Louisville
27. Arizona St.
28. Arizona
29. Florida International
30. Michigan
31. Missouri
32. San Diego St.
33. Houston
34. Tennessee
35. Clemson
36. Duke
37. Stetson
38. Florida Gulf Coast
39. California
t40. Texas A&M
t40. Auburn

 

 

24 ETHANOL REALITIES

24 ETHANOL REALITIES

By Smarter Fuel Future – Sept 15, 2014

Proponents of the ethanol mandate (known as the RFS, or Renewable Fuel Standard) promised Americans that their plan would save the environment; that making 10 percent of America’s fuel from the water, pesticide and land-intensive corn they grow would lower emissions and protect the land.

But 10 years later, America’s premier “environmental” policy is actually doing more harm to the environment than good.

In honor of Al Gore’s “24 Hours of Reality,” focused on climate change, we wanted to share some hard truths about ethanol fuel:

Turning wild lands into industrial biofuel fields

1. Between 2008 and 2011, eight million acres of grassland, shrub land and wetland were plowed under to grow corn, dramatically increasing carbon emissions by 85 million to 236 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gases per year.  Environmental Working Group

2. Global energy use from all sources is currently about 250 million barrels of oil equivalent per day. Therefore, biofuels are providing less than one-half of 1 percent of the world’s energy needs. And in doing so, they are requiring a land area more than twice the size of California. -Bloomberg

3. Meeting the RFS mandate for advanced cellulosic biofuel in 2014 will require 4.8 million acres of land; in 2022, 44 million acres. – Colorado State University

4. To produce 20 billion gallons of cellulosic ethanol, 16-19 million acres of land is required for non-residue feedstocks. – Biomass Research and Development Initiative

5. Producing enough cellulosic ethanol from switchgrass to displace one million barrels of oil per day would require switchgrass to be planted on 25 million acres of land — an area about the size of Kentucky. – AEI

Consuming and polluting precious water resources

6. It takes five gallons of water to refine one gallon of gasoline; 146 gallons for one gallon of E10 containing cellulosic ethanol; 170 gallon for one gallon of E10 containing corn-based ethanol. – University of Colorado

7. Nearly 1 in 10 gallons — nine percent — of all water consumed in the United States will go toward biofuel production by 2030. – United Nations

8. Eighty-seven percent of irrigated corn is grown in regions with high or extremely high water stress. — Ceres

9. Corn uses the most fertilizer of all major U.S. crops, more than half of all commercial fertilizer applied to U.S. cropland (195 pounds of fertilizer per acre of corn). — Ceres

10. Nitrous oxide (N2O), a greenhouse gas that is released from the fertilizers used to grow corn, has 298 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. – Environmental Working Group

11. Nitrogen run-off from U.S. corn acres damages lakes, streams and groundwater and is the single largest source of pollution to the Gulf of Mexico’s “dead zone” — an area the size of Connecticut — and the second largest source of impairments to wetlands. — Ceres

Raising emissions

12. Even if corn ethanol caused no emissions except those from land-use change, overall GHGs would still increase over a 30-year period. – Science Magazine

13. Corn-based ethanol nearly doubles GHG emissions over 30 years and increases greenhouse gases for 167 years. – Science Magazine

14. The loss of trees cleared to make room for new biofuel crops increases emissions. – MIT

15. If GHG emissions from the indirect land use changes are considered, the environmental impact of E85 (a mixture of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline) is, on average, 33% greater than that of gasoline. – Environmental Science and Technology

16. “Corn ethanol has not only been a disaster for consumers, the hungry and for most farmers, it has also been a disaster for the environment. We have lost more wetlands and grasslands in the last four years than we have in the last 40 years.” – Scott Faber, Environmental Working Group

17. Despite statements from the EPA saying the RFS is intended to stimulate second generation biofuels, corn ethanol still fulfills 80 percent of the mandate.

18. Biofuels from switchgrass, if grown on U.S. corn lands, increase GHG emissions by 50 percent. – Science Magazine

19. Converting American corn fields to grow switchgrass would trigger emissions from land-use change that would take 52 years to pay back and increase emissions by 50 percent over a period of 30 years. – Science Magazine

20. Fueling an ethanol plant with switchgrass would require delivering a semi-truckload of the grass every six minutes, 24 hours a day, which adds to emissions associated with ethanol development. – Rolling Stone

21. Use and production of biomass ethanol is projected to result in a higher release of air pollutants, such as ozone and sulfur oxide, than petroleum-based fuels. – National Academy of Sciences

22. Ethanol burned in an engine produces more than twice as much ozone as the equivalent amount of gasoline. – The Economist

23. Expanding biofuels feedstock production on marginal lands compete with wildlife and fowl habitat. – Congressional Research Service

24. “Ethanol use does little to prevent global warming and environmental deterioration, and clear-headed policy reforms could be urgently carried out, if American politics would permit it.” – Amartya Sen, Nobel Prize-winning economist

Oh, and speaking of Former Vice President Gore, here’s what he has to say about the ethanol mandate:

“It is not a good policy to have these massive subsidies for first-generation ethanol. The benefits of ethanol are trivial but it’s hard once such a program is put in place to deal with the lobbies that keep it going.”

The White House needs a reality checkit’s time for ethanol mandates to stop posing as sound environmental policy.

EPA RULING COULD MAKE OR BREAK THE BANK FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS

EPA RULING COULD MAKE OR BREAK THE BANK FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS

By Former Sen Wayne Allard & Charles Drevna – The Hill – Sept 16, 2014

More than nine months past deadline, we’re still awaiting the EPA’s 2014 ruling on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)—an outdated policy requiring refiners to annually blend increasing volumes of biofuels like ethanol into domestic gasoline. While the EPA typically increases volume requirements each year, 2014 marked the first time the agency proposed a reduction from the statutory requirements—correctly citing the fuel market’s inability to sustain further increases without harming motorists, retailers and refiners. If the agency, under heavy political pressure, doesn’t uphold this sensible proposal, American consumers will ultimately lose.

Implemented in 2005 amid the height of American energy consumption, the RFS aimed to provide a renewable fuel source to meet domestic demand. However, aggressive expansion of the policy in 2007 and incessant volume increases every year since—all while U.S. gasoline use declined—puts the policy at odds with its original intent. Today, virtually all U.S. gasoline contains 10 percent ethanol to create E10—the only blend proven safe for mass consumption. Yet the RFS continuously increases blending volumes, consequently pinning refiners against what’s known as the blend wall—the point at which no more ethanol can be blended without creating blends higher than E10.

Breaching the blend wall poses risks to consumers and retailers because higher ethanol blends like E15 and above can damage engines and fueling infrastructure. Ninety percent of vehicles today, including most 2001 to 2013 models, cannot handle higher blends without risking problems like corrosion and rubber swelling. These blends also threaten all motorcycles, heavy-duty and off-road vehicles, boats, power equipment components and lawn mowers.

In fact, chance of damage is so great that major automakers, including Ford, General Motors, Honda, Toyota and Volkswagen, have stated that engine damages related to these fuels will void consumers’ warranties, and AAA has publicly objected to E15 sales. Furthermore, adequate warning labels do not exist for higher blend dispensers. AAA estimates that 95 percent of consumers aren’t familiar with these blends or the damages they can cause. This means nearly 295 million motorists are unknowingly at risk for costly repairs.

Among those motorists are owners of the nation’s 11 million motorcycles, none of which are approved for use of blends higher than E10. In fact, federal law prohibits motorcyclists from using such fuels.

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has repeatedly told lawmakers and the EPA that inadvertent use of E15 in motorcycles causes engine and fuel system failures. The AMA remains concerned that availability of ethanol-free gasoline continues to dwindle due to the RFS, and that the proliferation of E15 will threaten the availability of E10.

Retailers similarly risk damaging their equipment because most underground storage tanks are incompatible with midlevel ethanol blends. If the RFS continues to mandate more ethanol, it could flood the market with higher blends, potentially forcing retailers to sell these damaging fuels. Station owners would then have to prematurely replace equipment that would otherwise last 30 years just to avoid potential damages—costing $180,000 or more on average per upgrade. Since over 80 percent of fueling stations are actually convenience stores, and nearly 60 percent of those are locally owned small businesses, such a financial burden can be deleterious.

These risks give refiners little incentive to produce higher blends. Yet, in order to meet the mandate—non-compliance carries hefty fines—refiners must blend more ethanol to generate enough credits called Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) to show compliance, or buy them from competitors who have a surplus.

Unfortunately, RIN supply is finite, raising demand and therefore prices, which ultimately increases fuel production costs. The Congressional Budget Office recently concluded that these costs will raise gas prices by up to 26 cents per gallon by 2017.

The RFS also lowers fuel economy. Ethanol contains 33 percent less energy than gasoline, meaning the higher the ethanol concentration, the lower the gas mileage. If the RFS continues to increase blending requirements, higher blends may become more prevalent, leaving consumers paying more by the mile.

Retailers also worry about liability as higher blends enter the market, because under the Clean Air Act, the EPA can fine station owners upwards of $37,500 per day if their customers misfuel on these blends.

The RFS harms motorists, retailers and refiners, and the EPA was right to propose a reduction. As the White House Office of Management and Budget reviews the 2014 ruling, we urge the Administration to remember that aligning the RFS with market realities is the only way to protect American consumers and truly satisfy our energy needs.

Allard served in the Senate from 1997 to 2009, and is currently vice president of Government Relations for the American Motorcyclist Association. Drevna is president of the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers.

REPORT HIGHLIGHTS CORN ETHANOL’s DEVASTATING TOLL

REPORT HIGHLIGHTS CORN ETHANOL’s DEVASTATING TOLL

By Mike Lavender/Policy Analyst – Environmental Working Group – Sept 5, 2014

Corn-based ethanol is a major cause of the water pollution that is ravaging the Mississippi River basin and the Gulf of Mexico, a report by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) inspector general concluded this week (Sept. 4).

Citing a study by the National Academy of Sciences, the report by EPA’s internal watchdog office said that “expanding corn-based ethanol production would make the already difficult challenges of reducing nitrogen… impossible without large shifts in food production and agricultural management.”

The report examined pollution in the Gulf of Mexico and encouraged the EPA to work with states to develop strategies for monitoring the impact of state activities to combat pollution in the Gulf. It also identified the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandate for blending corn-based ethanol into the gasoline supply as a significant cause of pollution in the Gulf.

The establishment of the RFS meant more demand for corn. Between 2008 and 2011, more than 8 million acres of grasslands, shrub lands and wetlands were planted with corn.

The vast majority of it was planted in the Mississippi River basin, which stretches from the Alleghenies to the Rockies and encompasses about 40 percent of the lower 48 states. To boost yields, farmers apply fertilizers containing nitrogen and phosphorus. Withouproper conservation practices, these nutrients run off into lakes, rivers and, ultimately, the ocean.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, corn and soybean crops account for 52 percent of the nitrogen pouring into the Gulf of Mexico. In total, 71 percent of the nitrogen and 80 percent of the phosphorus that ends up in the Gulf can be attributed to agriculture.

These massive amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus create a grim scene. In large part as a result of agricultural runoff, the GulfChesapeake Bay and most recently Lake Erie have all been victims of toxic algae blooms anddead zones” – voids of oxygen and marine life.

And corn ethanol’s damage does not end there.

Most gasoline on the U.S. market currently contains 10 percent corn ethanol, but higher blends such as E15 – which contains 15 percent ethanol and is available at some retailers – can damage engines in cars, boats and small machines such as chainsaws and lawn mowers.

So how do we stop the damage to the environment and consumers?

Eliminate the corn ethanol mandate.

That’s what the RFS Reform Act (H.R. 1462) currently pending in Congress would do.  Currently, 82 members have signed on to co-sponsor the bill.

Until Congress decides to act on the growing evidence, we’ll be left to clean up the mess corn ethanol has created in America’s lakes, rivers and oceans.

MISSISSIPPI STATE vs LSU: GAME GRADES, ANALYSIS FOR THE BULLDOGS AND TIGERS

MISSISSIPPI STATE vs LSU: GAME GRADES, ANALYSIS FOR THE BULLDOGS AND TIGERS

By Brian Jones/Featured Columnist – Bleacher Report – Sept 21, 2014

Mississippi State and LSU went to war in Death Valley on Saturday, and the Bulldogs came away with the win, 34-29. The final box score can be found here, thanks to NCAA.com.

Mississippi State hit on all cylinders on offense, defense and special teams. The Bulldogs ran the ball effectively, threw the ball with ease and gave the LSU offense zero room to breathe. If not for a couple of turnovers by the Bulldogs in the second half, LSU would have lost the game by 20 points instead of five. The Bulldogs remain undefeated, while the Tigers suffer their first loss of the year.

Here are game grades for the Bulldogs and Tigers.

Mississippi State Bulldogs Game Grades 

Positional Unit      First-Half Grade        Final Grade    
Pass Offense                    A                                    A      
Run Offense                     A+                                  A+     
Pass Defense                   A                                    B      
Run Defense                    A+                                  A      
Special Teams                 B                                     B      
Coaching                          A                                     B+     
Pass Offense: Dak Prescott played his best game as a Bulldog. He threw for 268 yards and two touchdowns. He was able to sling the ball so effectively because he had great pocket presence and the offensive line gave him more than enough time to throw. Having guys like De’Runnya Wilson and Jameon Lewis to throw to also helped.

Run Offense: The big reason the Bulldogs were able to pull off the upset was the fact they ran all over the LSU defense. The team rushed for 302 yards, and Josh Robinson had the majority of them (197 yards on 16 carries). Prescott also ran the ball well, scrambling for 105 yards on 22 carries. The Bulldogs wanted to win the battle at the line of scrimmage; they did that in a big way, which led to them wearing out the Tigers toward the end of the game.

Pass Defense: Anthony Jennings could never get going for LSU because the defensive backs kept everything in front of them. Led by Justin Cox and Jamerson Love, the Bulldogs secondary never let the LSU playmakers get anything going in the passing game. Late in the game, Brandon Harris came in and added a spark for the Tigers.

Run Defense: This was another big reason why Mississippi State beat LSU. The Bulldogs allowed only 89 yards on the ground, and no running back for LSU amassed more than 38 yards. The front seven for the Bulldogs reacted to the football and seemingly never missed a tackle. Benardrick McKinney and Beniquez Brown combined for 14 tackles and were huge in attacking the LSU running backs.

Special Teams: It was a solid night for the special teams. Evan Sobiesk made his two field goals, and Devon Bell had two punts inside the 20. There weren’t any big returns, but Jamoral Graham put the Bulldogs in good position to put points on the board.

Coaching: Dan Mullen did a good job of preparing his team for what the Tigers were going to run on offense and defense. He also did a great job of preparing them for the LSU fans because the Bulldogs took them out of the game early. Mullen finally has the pieces he needs to run his offense, and it was on full display against LSU.

 LSU Tigers Game Grades

Positional Unit        First-Half Grade        Final Grade    
Pass Offense                    D                                     C      
Run Offense                      F                                     D-     
Pass Defense                   F                                      D-     
Run Defense                     F                                      F      
Special Teams                  C                                     C      
Coaching                           D                                     C-     

Pass Offense: Anthony Jennings was inconsistent all game long. He overthrew his receivers and never looked comfortable in the pocket. It wasn’t until Brandon Harris came in late in the game and threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter that the pass offense had some success. Should Harris be the starter, especially with Jennings going down with a shoulder injury?

Run Offense: The strength for LSU this season was a weakness against Mississippi State. No running back ran for more than 38 yards, and as a team, the Tigers ran for 89 yards on 35 carries. They had to abandon the run eventually because they had to throw to get back in the game, but the front seven for Mississippi State gave them no room to run at all.

Pass Defense: The LSU secondary had fits all game long trying to cover Wilson and Lewis. The speed of the two receivers frustrated the Tigers, which is why Prescott was able to go to them early and often. The Tigers had not faced a quarterback like Prescott this season, so it was a good test to see where they are as a defensive unit.

Run Defense: It’s been a while since we’ve seen this LSU defense get ran over like it did against the Bulldogs. The Tigers had no answer for Prescott and Robinson, which is why the Bulldogs ran for more than 300 yards. The front seven will need to tighten things up quickly because Auburn, Alabama and Arkansas are just as good at running the football.

Special Teams: The one good thing for the Tigers is that Jamie Keehn was able to punt the ball effectively. He punted eight times and averaged 51 yards per punt. Colby Delahoussaye made his only field goal, and Leonard Fournette was solid in the kick return game. The special teams for LSU did not make an impact but did not make any costly mistakes either.

Coaching: Les Miles and his coaching staff did not expect the Bulldogs would run the ball all over them, and they also did not expect that they could not run the ball on Mississippi State in return. Miles didn’t underestimate the Bulldogs, but the coaches did not game-plan well against the Bulldogs, and it showed on the field. This game is a good learning experience for the coaching staff as the Tigers get into the thick of the SEC schedule.