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

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          CHALMETTE REFINING PETITION!                                         PLEASE JOIN THE PETITION!                       

      (Just click the ORANGE “Sign Petition Now” button on right)

NOTE:   PLEASE continue to inform ALL your friends and neighbors about the petition and urge them to sign up. 

As of this afternoon (7/29), we now have  726 signed Petitions! The growth in the Petition is slowing down SIGNIFICANTLY,  so be sure to tell ALL your friends to sign the Petition!

IMPORTANT:   I posted short instructions on the “Petition” window after you click on the ORANGE “Sign Petition Now” button.  It is IMPORTANT that ALL fields on the form be completed, NOT only the “*” lines.  ALSO, after completing the form, after AGAIN clicking the ORANGE “Sign Petition Now” button, please check your e-mail to click the link provided in the e-mail to REGISTER your petition. 

Today (7/9/2014) we are announcing the start of a Petition to URGE Chalmette Refining to resume the manufacture and sale of ethanol FREE gasoline from their refinery’s truck rack in Chalmette. 

ALSO PLEASE NOTE:  I posted a copy of a letter which I mailed on Thursday (7/10/2014) to our Louisiana U.S. Senators and Representatives regarding the availability of conventional, ethanol FREE gasoline in southeast Louisiana in the wake of Chalmette Refining’s having discontinued the manufacture and sale of conventional, ethanol FREE gasoline from their refinery in Chalmette.  You will note I asked their help by either repealing the EPA’s Renewal Fuel Standard, OR, allowing ALL U.S. refineries to manufacture and sell 5% of their total gasoline sales as ethanol FREE gas with NO EPA penalties!  ALSO, please read a letter which I am mailing to the EPA Administrator today.   

Read the articles on “Pete’s Articles” page on the website.  

‘Pete’

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           IT’S NOW TIME FOR “ROUND 2″

I’d AGAIN like to ask ALL READERS to call each of the phone numbers listed below for Chalmette Refining and leave a POLITE message URGING them to resume the production and sale of ethanol FREE gasoline! I have asked my webmaster if he can design a new page for a “Petition” to ask Chalmette Refining to resume the sale of conventional, ethanol free gas.  Will announce if/when he can get this done. 

I am VERY DISAPPOINTED to report that Chalmette Refining has apparently “BACKED OFF” from earlier expectations that they would resume the manufacture and sale of conventional gasoline from their truck rack at the refinery!  That information comes from some of their distributors.  I spoke to Chalmette Refining’s Public Relations Manager Patrick Trahan today (7/3), and, as usual, he would NOT provide ANY information!  This is the most “SECRETIVE” organization I’ve ever dealt with, EVER!   I don’t know if they are backing off because consumers have ‘quieted down’, thinking this has blown over or not?  I am near complete with a letter I am writing to our Louisiana U.S. Congressional delegation in Washington, asking them to please introduce a bill in both the House and Senate to allow refiners to manufacture at least 5% of their total gasoline sales as conventional, non ethanol gasoline with NO EPA PENALTIES!  If the real issue with refiners not wanting to make E0 is the “RIN” issue, this would take care of that problem.  BUT, this would certainly NOT happen overnight!  I’ll post the letter when I mail it out.  

MEANWHILE, I URGE all readers to “AMP UP THE NOISE” on Chalmette Refining IMMEDIATELY – ROUND 2!  I would ask that all readers phone the phone numbers I’ve listed below, AND, write a short, polite letter to Mr. Maxwell, the Chalmette Refining Plant Manager urging him to please resume the sale of Eo as soon as possible.  I will also write a letter to him and will cc the CEO of Exxon/Mobil also.  

Here are the Chalmette Refining phone numbers to call and the address to write Mr. Maxwell:

NOTE:  Since Chalmette Refining also previously supplied ethanol free gasoline to the western side of Mississippi, I ALSO ENCOURAGE OUR MISSISSIPPI READERS TO CALL THESE PHONE NUMBERS ALSO!

I URGE EVERYONE TO CALL EACH PHONE NUMBER AT LEAST DAILY OR MORE OFTEN AND TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO WRITE A SHORT, POLITE LETTER TO THEIR PLANT MANAGER ALSO, URGING HIM TO PLEASE RESUME THE SALE OF ETHANOL FREE GAS………FLOOD THE LINES AND MAIL BOXES – LET THEM KNOW WE ARE SERIOUS and WILL NOT TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER!!!

- Community Hotline: (504) 211-1101

- Public Relations Manager Patrick Trahan

   (504) 281-1409 (office)    (832) 421-1995 (cell)

- Ms. Jackie Autin – Head of Product Quality

  (504) 281-1534 (office)     (504) 250-6964 (cell)

Mr. Wade Maxwell, Plant Manager                                                               Chalmette Refining                                                                                                     500 West St. Bernard Hwy                                                                                       Chalmette, LA 70043

ALSO, I will write a short letter to our Louisiana Washington Congressional and Senatorial delegation URGING them to act on my request to pass a bill to allow refiners to manufacture at least 5% of their total gasoline sales as E0 and will post the letter so you can ‘copy and paste’ for you to send it to our Senators and your District Congressman.  

I will ALSO get hold of my contacts in the print media, TV media and radio talk shows to ask them to give us more coverage on the issue AGAIN!  I intend to make this an “all out MEDIA WAR” if Chalmette Refining does not communicate with us AND resume the sale of conventional, ethanol FREE gasoline from their refinery!

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TODAY’S ARTICLE : Today I posted a followup ethanol related article that discussed a MAJOR issue that is facing eight States from Texas to South Dakota.  A HUGE water aquifer that provides drinking water and also water for crop irrigation is being depleted at an alarming rate.  This is yet ANOTHER of the “unintended consequences” of the Government’s ethanol policy.   

LETTER TO EPA ADMINISTRATOR:  I encourage you to read a letter which I mailed to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Administrator today regarding the damage the RFS is doing to the Gulf of Mexico AND, the shortage of conventional, non ethanol gasoline, which has worsened due to the recent Chalmette Refining decision to STOP the manufacture and sale of ethanol gasoline in southeast Louisiana.  The letter is found on the “Pete’s Articles” page of the website.  

SPORTS ARTICLE:  Last week  I posted an article from LSU Sports.net announcing that LSU Freshman running back Leonard Fournette will receive the “Corbett Award” next month.  He is the first EVER high schooler to receive this prestigeous award. Read the article in the LSU section.   There are VERY high expectations of Fournette.  We all hope he can live up to these expectations. 

I ALSO posted a link to a video tour of the new and expanded Tiger Stadium.  It is now the 2nd largest football stadium in the SEC and the 5th largest in the Country.  See the video link in the LSU Section.

VIDEOS:  Note that I posted a new video on the website.  It is just below the Tobasco video. The video is of another of Louisiana’s VERY UNIQUE crops: Perique Tobacco.  The ONLY place in the World this rare tobacco is grown is in the Grand Point area of St. James Parish.  It is primarily used to blend with other tobaccos for cigars and pipes.  Read this article for more info on Perique tobacco: 

LINK: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/05/us/tobacco-lovers-discover-mystique-of-perique.html

The second video is under the LSU Sports Videos and is titled “I Wish I Was in Dixie – SEC Sports”.

GUN CONTROL  NEWS: Today (7/24I posted a new gun control article from The Nashville Business Journal which announces that “Beretta USA is moving all of its Maryland manufacturing operations to its new production facility in Gallatin,  Tennessee”.  Earlier in the year, Beretta announced it would move it’s specialty arms division to Tennessee, BUT, after seeing new anti-gun legislation that passed the Maryland Senate, they decided they would exit Maryland TOTALLY and move it’s entire manufacturing facility to a more gun friendly State.  Nearly ALL ammunition, parts and gun manufacturers either have moved or are moving their facilities from New York, Maryland, Connecticut, Colorado, California and Washington State because these States have enacted very restrictive new gun control laws.  They are ALL moving south, with few exceptions.   

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 below on how to join. 

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It is CRITICAL that we FIRE any and all gun control U.S. Senators and Representatives in the upcoming November election.  In Louisiana, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu voted two years ago FOR the UN Small Arms Treaty.  The stated objective of this UN Treaty is to DISARM AMERICA!  At that time, Obama or his Secretary of State had not yet signed the treaty, so this vote was a test by Senate leader Harry Reid to see if he had enough votes to ratify this treaty – he DID NOT.  Now, Obama’s Secretary of State, John Kerry HAS SIGNED this treaty and it awaits Senate approval!

It is CRITICAL that Louisiana voters FIRE Senator Mary Landrieu in November.  If we don’t FIRE her, she WILL VOTE to give our 2nd Amendent Rights to the United Nations, whose acknowledged objective is to DISARM AMERICA (read an article on the UN Small Arms Treaty which I posted on the ‘Gun Control’ page last year)!  U.S. Representative Dr. Bill Cassidy of Baton Rouge is 5-8% points ahead of Landrieu in recent polls.  Dr. Cassidy is a strong 2nd Amendment supporter and hunter.  It is important that we support Dr. Cassidy as he has the best chance of defeating Landrieu. You can make a donation to help Dr. Cassidy’s campaign at:

http://billcassidy.com/donate/?kmi=way2gopete%40yahoo.com&km_email_subject=Strike%20Two&km_send_date=06/12/2014

Many have been concerned for some time that Obama and his cronies ultimate objective in gun control (the key word here is “CONTROL“) was the total CONFISCATION of all guns in the U.S.  This article describes how the Obama administration plans to reach it’s objective.  This is their TOP PRIORITY and gun owners and 2nd Amendment advocates are URGED to get involved.  We MUST put pressure on our U.S. Senators and Congressmen to oppose any attempts to require MANDATORY background checks and ESPECIALLY gun registration, like Connecticut and New York recently tried, but a huge majority of gun owners DID NOT comply.  If you are not currently a member of NRA or NAGR, it is now time to get involved and join. They need our support and money to fight this.  Obama and his Attorney General will not be satisfied until they reach their objective of DISARMING all Americans!  That’s the ONLY WAY he can “CONTROL‘ us!  Act NOW!

This is yet ANOTHER reason why gun owners and 2nd Amendment supporters are URGED to join the NRA if you are not already a member.  We need their help in fighting this with lawsuits.  This President will not stop until he finds a way to control and then confiscate our guns!  Do you part and join NRA today.  See the link below…….  

Read the gun control articles on the website’s “Gun Control” page.

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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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Chalmette Refining Issue Updates:

NOTE:  If Chalmette Refining does in fact resume production and sales of conventional, ethanol FREE gasoline in 4-5 weeks  (as suggested in the article below), with the secrecy of their plans by their Public Relations Manager Patrick Trahan, I don’t expect we’ll hear anything more until then.  Meanwhile, I urge readers to continue to call the Chalmette Refining ‘Community Hot Line at  504-211-1101′ and write the Plant Manager at the refinery address listed below and urge them to resume the sale of ethanol free gas as soon as possible.  WE MUST CONTINUE TO LET OUR VOICES BE HEARD! OTHERWISE, THEY MAY THINK WE’VE FORGOTTEN ABOUT THE ISSUE!  I will make an updated announcement should I get more news when we learn more.

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I had hoped to make a HUGE and very surprising announcement regarding the Chalmette Refining Issue today; HOWEVER, I could NOT get confirmation from the Chalmette Refining’s Public Relations Manager Patrick Trahan.  Here’s the story:

On Friday, May 23rd, I received a phone call from a gas distributor friend who told me he received a call from a gentleman from Chalmette Refining (presumably a supervisor – I can’t give his name) earlier in the week, who asked for a favor dealing with a gasoline issue.  During the conversation, the Chalmette man told the distributor that there was a meeting at Chalmette Refining recently and that it was decided to resume the manufacture and sale of conventional, ethanol FREE gasoline.  He indicated it would resume in about 4-6 weeks, presumable to revise piping from E0 tanks to their recently revised truck loading rack.  The distributor asked what was the reason for the change in position, and he told him it was due to “PUBLIC OUTCRY”!  SO, your phone calls and letters were apparently listened to if this story turns out to be true.   

I was finally able to reach Public Relations Manager Patrick Trahan on Tuesday afternoon (May 27th) hoping to get a confirmation on this story.  BUT, as usual, Mr. Trahan would NOT confirm or deny the story, citing it was ‘private company business’.  I don’t know if he has been ‘muzzled’ by his refinery Manager, attorneys or just won’t comment.  He indicated to me he was offended by my comments in my website’s post in which I mentioned that I had spoken to three different distributors who were hauling conventional gasoline from their truck rack for years and not one had ever heard of his claim that Chalmette Refining  would continue E0 sales through “commercial” outlets, and I questioned whether or not this ‘secretive commercial’ program was real or a fabricated story to appease the consumers.  And, Trahan has NEVER, to this day, given ANY information about this ‘commercial sales’ program, even to their distributors!  I just don’t understand Chalmette Refining’s  unwillingness to communicate ANYTHING to their customers, their gas distributors, much less to the public.

 Meanwhile, I URGE all readers to continue to call the Chalmette Refining Community “Hotline” (see the Chalmette Refining information below) and urge them to PLEASE RESUME the sale of conventional, non ethanol gas from their refinery.  Be polite but express your request and why.  I also urge readers to write to the Chalmette Refining’s Plant Manager, Mr. Wade Maxwell at the refinery address listed in the Chalmette Refining section on my website’s “Home” page, also urging him to please resume the sale of conventional, non ethanol gas from their refinery.   Let’s hope that the story I described is real and they will resume sale of conventional gas from their refinery in the near future.  Keep the phone calls and letters going!  They are apparently being listened to.  If Mr. Trahan doesn’t become more cooperative, I may be forced to give readers his office and cell phone numbers so you can vent your frustration to him personally.   I earlier promised him I would not post his phone numbers if he was honest and open with me about this entire situation, but, I am beginning to question if he has lived up to his end of our ‘gentleman’s agreement’!

“Pete”

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HUGE BREAKING NEWS ON ETHANOL GAS!

NEW INFORMATION ON CHALMETTE REFINING DECISION TO STOP THE MANUFACTURE AND SALES OF CONVENTIONAL OR E0 GASOLINE (Monday, 5/5 @ 10:00 pm):

I spoke with Chalmette Refining’s Public Relations Manager late Monday afternoon (5/5).  He indicated to me the reason for their decision is due to the high price they are required to pay EPA for “RINs”.  I expected this to be their reason for their action.  Wednesday and Thursday I’ll post article on this ‘RIN’ issue.   BUT, in the conversation, he also offered some GOOD news.  Apparently Chalmette Refining is modifying their truck loading rack to load ONLY E10 gasoline since they are planning to blend much more ethanol gasoline.  BUT, he mentioned to me that they will also still offer “some” conventional, non ethanol gasoline (he would NOT disclose if it will be the same as before or less) to “commercial” applications.  He could not go into any more details as anti-trust issues might arise.  But, from my personal experience of working in a refinery for several years, I personally believe what they mean is they they will continue to manufacture some Eo (I expect less than they were manufacturing before) and likely make arrangements with an outside, third party facility to ship E0 from their refinery to a storage terminal by rail, truck or barge.  Gasoline distributors would then have to make arrangements to pickup truck loads from that facility to deliver to service stations.  NO DOUBT, that many stations will convert to “corn gas” in the meantime as they will be without E0 until this arrangement is completed, UNLESS they can get some E0 from Placid Refinery in Port Allen meanwhile.

This whole scenario sounds just a little ‘hypocritical’ to me since for years from 2007 until Jan 1, 2012 refineries were given a “golden goose” of $0.45/gallon tax credit from you and I the taxpayers to blend ethanol gas.  During this 5 year period, refineries enjoyed a $12+ Billion/year tax credit (all refineries combined) and now they complain of having to pay a few million in RINS to take conventional gas away from consumers?  We, the tax payers and consumers are getting “SHAFTED” both ways!  

I suspect this is as far as Chalmette Refining (Exxon/Mobile) will be willing to budge on this issue.  What I find strange however, is that they say the high cost of RINs is the reason for their decision, but at the same time they say they will continue to manufacture and sell some Eo on a “commerical” basis?  The net result of this entire issue is that MANY currently ethanol FREE gas locations will convert to “CORN GAS” and the number of locations selling E0 will be reduced significantly!   Long term, the real solution to this entire problem is to continue to PRESSURE the U.S. Congress to REPEAL THE RENEWAL FUEL STANDARD – this is the most STUPID law ever put on the American public!!

ALSO, PLEASE READ A LETTER WHICH I MAILED TO CHALMETTE REFINING MANAGER MR. WADE MAXWELL TODAY ON THE WEBSITE’S “Pete’s Articles” PAGE!

I learned on Thursday afternoon that Chalmette Refining in Chalmette has notified it’s distributors that they will STOP manufacturing ETHANOL FREE gas on or about May 15th!  This is VERY, VERY BAD for conventional gas availability as this refinery supplied most of ethanol FREE gas to most of southeast Louisiana and west Mississippi.  I spoke with their Public Relations Manager Thursday and again on Friday.  He was supposed to call me back Friday afternoon with a statement by their Plant Manager, hopefully explaining why they are doing this, but he never did call back.  I HAVE NO IDEA why they are doing this.   No doubt, MANY stations currently supplying ethanol FREE gas will be forced to switch to ‘corn gas’.  Some older stations whose tanks/pumps are not compatible with E10 may be forced to stop selling gas altogether.  The only other source of ethanol FREE gas in the area is Placid Refining in Port Allen.  They are a very SMALL refinery and I doubt they have the capacity to replace the volume that Chalmette Refining was supplying.  I spoke with their Sales Rep Friday afternoon and he indicates they will attempt to supply as many E0 stations as they can; BUT, since they make regular grade (87 octane) by blending 84 octane and 91 octane, their E0 is about $0.15/gallon higher than what was being bought from Chalmette Refining, PLUS added travel expense by the distributor to go to Port Allen to pick the fuel up.  

THIS WILL BE DISASTEROUS for marine engines, ATV’s, Jet Skis, all lawn and garden tools, chain saws AND home generators!  Being forced to use ‘corn gas’ will SEVERELY damage all this equipment that is NOT compatible with E10 fuel.  Also, GOOD LUCK with your home generator next time power is lost……if you last used E10 in it, I can ASSURE you it will NOT start next time it is needed!  I actually saw this a few weeks before Hurricane Issac in 2012 when a gentleman who repairs small tools in LaPlace had 50+ home generators in his yard needing carb cleaning as they would NOT start after leaving them idle with E10 after their last use of the generator. 

I have heard suggestions that boaters and interested parties protest in front of Chalmette Refining.  We’ll look into that.  Meanwhile, MAKE YOUR VOICES HEARD!  Flood the Chalmette Refining phone lines and ALSO your State’s U.S. Senators and Representatives.  Let them hear our DISPLEASURE!  Louisiana is the “Fisherman’s Paradise”, but without ethanol FREE gas, it may become a “Fisherman’s Graveyard”.   I have contacts in the TV and newsprint media.  I’ll contact them to cover this issue also.  I will also post this news on Louisiana and Mississippi Sportsman and direct them to read the full news on this website.  SPEAK UP READERS!

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Here is information on Chalmette Refining: 

Chalmette Refining, LLC (A joint venture between Exxon/Mobil (50%) and PDVSA (50%) the Venezuelan State Oil Company.  Exxon/Mobil is the operating partner)

500 West St. Bernard Hwy, Chalmette, LA 70043

Main Phone: (504) 281-1212  - Community Hot Line: (504) 211-1101

Plant Manager – Mr Wade Maxwell

Public Relations Manager – Patrick Trahan

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I URGE all readers to call Chalmette Refining’s Community Hot Line and URGE the Plant Manager to re-consider their decision and CONTINUE to manufacture ethanol FREE gasoline.  Also, below are the names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers of Louisiana and Mississippi U.S. Senators and how to contact your U.S. Representative.  I also URGE you to “flood your Senator and Representatives’s phone lines” AND e-mails and DEMAND that they REPEAL the EPA’s Renewal Standard and allow the free market to determine if consumers want ‘corn gas’ and high food prices.  I ALSO URGE you to have them contact Chalmette Refining’s Manager and ASK him to PLEASE continue to manufacture ethanol FREE gasoline!  Here are the Senator and Representative contact information: 

LOUISIANA U.S. CONGRESSMEN:

Senator David Vitter: http://www.vitter.senate.gov/contact/email-senator-vitter

516 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington D.C. 20510

D.C. Phone: (202) 224-4623  -  D.C. Fax: (202) 228-5061

Metairie Office: (504) 589-2753 – Baton Rouge: (225) 383-0331

Lafayette Office:  (337) 993-9502 – Alexandria: (318) 448-0169

Monroe Office: (318) 325-8120  - Shreveport: (318) 861-0437

Lake Charles Office: (337) 436-0453

Senator Mary Landrieu: http://www.landrieu.senate.gov/?p=contact

703 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington D.C. 20510

D.C. Phone: (202) 224-5824 – D.C. Fax: (202) 224-9735

New Orleans Office: (504) 589-2427

HOW TO CONTACT YOUR U.S. REPRESENTATIVE:  http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

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MISSISSIPPI U.S. CONGRESSMEN:

Senator Thad Cochran:  http://www.cochran.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-me

113 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg, Washington D.C. 20510

D.C. Phone:  (202) 224-5054 

Jackson Phone: (601) 965-4459  -  Oxford: (662) 236-1018

Gulfport Phone: (228) 867-9710

Senator Roger F. Wickerhttp://www.wicker.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact

555 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington D.C. 20510

D.C. Phone: (202) 224-6253  -  Fax: (202) 228-0378

Tupelo Office: (662) 844-5010  -  Jackson: (601) 965-4644

Hernando Office: (662) 429-1002 – Gulfport: (228) 871-7017

HOW TO CONTACT YOUR U.S. REPRESENTATIVE:  http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

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My entire effort of updating my Louisiana ethanol FREE gas list is “up in the air” with Chalmette Refining’s recently decision to discontinue the manufacture and sale of E0.  I acknowledge the Louisiana list is not up to date, but any effort on my part to update the list until the fallout of Chalmette Refining’s decision is final would be FUTILE and a total waste of my time!

NOTE:  I created a new page on the website titled “A Little Louisiana History Lesson”.  I hope you will visit the page to view some of Louisiana’s very UNIQUE history and culture!

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  *    *    *   TODAY’S NEWS ARTICLE    *    *    * 

Today I posted an ethanol article from NBC News which is a followup to the article I posted yesterday.  This article is titled “Heartland Water Crisis: Why the Planet Depends on These Kansas Farmers“.  According to the article, “Last August, in a still-echoing blockbuster study, Dave Steward, Ph.D., and his colleagues at Kansas State University, informed the $15 billion Kansas agricultural economy that it was on a fast track to oblivion. The reason: The precipitous, calamitous withdrawal rates of the Ogallala Aquifer.

The Ogallala is little known outside this part of the world, but it’s the primary source of irrigation not just for all of western Kansas, but the entire Great Plains. This gigantic, soaked subterranean sponge – fossil water created 10 million years ago – touches eight states, stretching from Texas all the way up to South Dakota, across 111.8 million acres and 175,000 square miles”.

Corn requires a HUGE amount of water irrigation to grow.  Also, ethanol manufacturing plants are ALSO “water hogs”.  This aquifer depletion rate is becoming ALARMING to many States that depend on it.  Many States have already begun rationing programs.  This is yet ANOTHER of the many “UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES” of the Government’s ethanol policy.  It’s a very interesting article and I urge you to read it. 

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*   *   *  FOOTBALL  SEASON IS NEAR   *   *   *

ONLY 30 DAYS TIL THE 2014 TIGERS FIRST GAME!

New and Larger ‘Death Valley’

Here is the Tigers 2014 football Schedule: 

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

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      *   *   *   *   2014 FOOTBALL NEWS   *   *   *   *

Here is a link from DandyDon.com for the recently announced 2014 LSU Football “DEPTH CHART”:

Link:  http://www.dandydon.com/media_gallery.php?tab=most_recent&id=317

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Here is a link to a video tour of the new and  expanded LSU Tiger Football Stadium:

Link:   www.lsusports.net/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=5200&ATCLID=209600888

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FOURNETTE FIRST HIGH SCHOOLER TO WIN CORBETT AWARD

By Michael Bonnette/Sr. Assoc Athletic Director/SID – LSU Sports.net – July 23, 2014

NEW ORLEANS – LSU freshman running back Leonard Fournette has been named the winner of the 2013-14 James J. Corbett Award, which is presented annually to Louisiana’s top male amateur athlete, the Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Committee announced on Wednesday.

Fournette is the first high school athlete to earn the Corbett Award since its inception in 1967. Some other notable winners of the award include: Pete Maravich (1968 and 1969), Bert Jones (1972), Charles Alexander (1978), Chris Jackson (1989) and Shaquille O’Neal (1991).

Christina Hamilton of Louisiana-Lafayette was named the female recipient of the Corbett Award. This year’s Corbett winners will be recognized along with 27 other individuals and three teams at the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The winners of the Corbett Award are selected by the Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Committee, which is made up of current and former media members.

As a senior at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, Fournette was regarded as the nation’s No. 1 prep player in 2013. He was named the USA Today National Offensive Player of the Year as well as being selected as a member of the All-USA First Team and the prestigious Parade All-America First Team.

The first player in Louisiana history to twice be named the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year, he finished his high school career with 7,619 rushing yards and 88 rushing touchdowns, including 1,792 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior.

Fournette, who led his team to a 9-2 record and an appearance in the Division I semifinal game as a senior, was also listed as the No. 1 overall prospect in the nation by ESPN.com and Scout.com and was named the 2013 Mr. Football by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

The Corbett Award was created in 1967 and named in honor of the late James J. Corbett to commemorate his many contributions to intercollegiate athletics and specifically to the Sugar Bowl. At the time of his death, Mr. Corbett was the Athletic Director at Louisiana State University. These awards are presented annually to the most outstanding amateur male and female athletes in the State of Louisiana. The Corbett recipients are selected each year by members of the New Orleans Sports Awards Committee, based on nominations submitted by the state’s sportswriters, sportscasters and sports information directors.

Since its inception in 1967 (through 2013), Corbett Award winners include 16 NFL players, seven Major League Baseball players, four NBA players (including two Hall of Famers), eight Olympians (including seven Gold Medal winners), three WNBA players and one PGA Tour star.

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Here is an interesting article from LSU Sports.net about the soon to be completed, enlarged Tiger Stadium:

TIGER STADIUM CAPACITY EXPANDED TO 102,321

By Michael Bonnette/Sr. Assoc. Ath Director – LSU Sports.net – July 11, 2014

BATON ROUGE – LSU’s Tiger Stadium is now the nation’s fifth largest college football venue with a stadium capacity of 102,321, the SCHOOL announced on Friday.

Tiger Stadium is in the final stages of the south endzone expansion that will move it to No. 2 in the SEC behind only Tennessee (102,455) in stadium capacity.

“We are listing a stadium capacity now rather than seating capacity, which is in line with what other schools in the SEC are doing,” LSU associate athletic DIRECTOR for tickets operations Brian Broussard said. “The stadium capacity takes into account ancillary groups, such as media, game MANAGEMENT and concessions staff.”

LSU was recently named by Athlon Sports as the No. 1 place in the nation to watch a college football game.

“The south endzone addition brings much more to Tiger Stadium than just seats,” LSU vice chancellor and director of athletics Joe Alleva said. “As part of the expansion we have added two high-definition video boards, two additional LED ribbon boards and replaced the two LED ribbon boards that already existed in the stadium all in an effort to enhance the in-game experience for our fans.

“We are also in the process of installing a stadium-wide SYSTEM that will allow our fans to have better cellular connectivity, which has become such a big part of the fan experience.”

LSU will play its first game in the newly expanded Tiger Stadium on Sept. 6 when the Tigers host Sam Houston State at 6:30 p.m. on the SEC NETWORK. The Tigers open their 10th season under Les Miles a week earlier on Aug. 30 against Wisconsin in Houston at the Advocare Texas Kickoff.

College Football’s Largest On-Campus Stadiums

1. Michigan Stadium (Michigan) 109,901
2. Beaver Stadium (Penn State) 106,572
3. Ohio Stadium (Ohio State) 104,944
4. Neyland Stadium (Tennessee) 102,455
5. Tiger Stadium (LSU) 102,321 (134 less than Tennessee)
6. Bryant-Denny Stadium (Alabama) 101,821
7. Royal-Memorial Stadium (Texas) 100,119
8. Sanford Stadium (Georgia) 92,746
9. Memorial Stadium (Nebraska) 92,000
10. Florida Field (Florida) 88,548

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Here is a current listing of LSU Football’s 2015 Committments (as of July 14, 2014):

 2015 LSU football commitments (14) – 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)

Kevin Henry (4 Star) S, 6-1, 200, Baton Rouge (Central)

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

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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* NEW CHANGES TO ETHANOL FREE GAS LIST *

We removed TWO ethanol FREE location in Louisiana this past week:

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 also added TWO new ethanol FREE location in Louisiana this week:

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”        

 

HEARTLAND WATER CRISIS: WHY THE PLANET DEPENDS ON THESE KANSAS FARMERS

HEARTLAND WATER CRISIS: WHY THE PLANET DEPENDS ON THESE KANSAS FARMERS

By Brian Brown – NBC News – July 13, 2014

Editor’s note: This story is one in a series on a crisis in America’s Breadbasket—the depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer and its effects on a region that helps feed the world. Read the previous installment here.

MANHATTAN, Kansas—In America’s Breadbasket, a battle of ideas is underway on the most fundamental topics of all: food, water, and the future of the planet.

Last August, in a still-echoing blockbuster study, Dave Steward, Ph.D., and his colleagues at Kansas State University, informed the $15 billion Kansas agricultural economy that it was on a fast track to oblivion. The reason: The precipitous, calamitous withdrawal rates of the Ogallala Aquifer.

The Ogallala is little known outside this part of the world, but it’s the primary source of irrigation not just for all of western Kansas, but the entire Great Plains. This gigantic, soaked subterranean sponge – fossil water created 10 million years ago – touches eight states, stretching from Texas all the way up to South Dakota, across 111.8 million acres and 175,000 square miles.

Grain bins outside Hoxie, Kansas

The Ogallala supports a highly-sophisticated and amazingly-productive agricultural region critical to the world’s food supply. With the global population increasing, and as other vital aquifers suffer equally dramatic declines, scientists acknowledge that if the farmers here cannot meet ever-growing food demands, billions could starve.

Read full article here:  http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/heartland-water-crisis-why-planet-depends-these-kansas-farmers-n150036

THE LAST DROP: AMERICA’S BREADBASKET FACES DIRE WATER CRISIS

THE LAST DROP: AMERICA’S BREADBASKET FACES DIRE WATER CRISIS

By Brian Brown – NBC News – July 6, 2014

Editor’s note: This story is one in a series on a crisis in America’s Breadbasket –the depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer and its effects on a region that helps feed the world.

VEGA, Texas–While a high-pitched wind rattles the windows, and assaults a flapping, fraying American flag in the front yard, Lucas Spinhirne knows he’s staring into an abyss that many in Texas—and across the world—may be forced to contemplate.

The once bounteous quantities of water that flowed under his farmland in the Texas Panhandle are a distant memory–pumped to the last drop. Now there is only one source of water for his wheat and sorghum: the sky above. “We try to catch anything that falls,” Spinhirne says.

The scope of this mounting crisis is difficult to overstate: The High Plains of Texas are swiftly running out of groundwater supplied by one of the world’s largest aquifers – the Ogallala. A study by Texas Tech University has predicted that if groundwater production goes unabated, vast portions of several counties in the southern High Plains will soon have little water left in the aquifer to be of any practical value.

An American flag stands sentinel over the harsh Texas Panhandle landscape and Lucas Spinhirne’s farm southwest of Vega, Texas. The tattered edge is a testament to the relentless wind in the Panhandle.

The Ogallala Aquifer spreads across eight states, from Texas to South Dakota, covering 111.8 million acres and 175,000 square miles. It’s the fountain of life not only for much of the Texas Panhandle, but also for the entire American Breadbasket of the Great Plains, a highly-sophisticated, amazingly-productive agricultural region that literally helps feed the world.

Read full article here:  http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/last-drop-americas-breadbasket-faces-dire-water-crisis-n146836

NIGHTTIME TROUT BITE ON FIRE OUT OF DULARGE, GUIDE SAYS

NIGHTTIME TROUT BITE ON FIRE OUT OF DULARGE, GUIDE SAYS

By Patrick Bonin – Louisiana Sportsman.com – July 25, 2014

Redfish limits routine on day trips in the marsh

Speckled trout might be hard to come by during the day out of Dularge right now without live bait, but the nighttime bite on plastics is solid offshore on just about any lit rig,  according to a fishing guide.

Capt. Marty LaCoste, with Absolute Fishing Charters, said that’s a pretty routine scenario for the middle of summer around Dularge.

“This is a typical pattern that happens this time of year. The trout bite slows in the daytime unless you have live bait,” LaCoste said. “We can’t get croakers over here unless you can get lucky and stop a shrimp boat that’s picking up its nets in the morning. Other than that, no one sells live bait over here. You just can’t get it.

“But if you fish at night, you can murder them on plastic and limit out.”

Read full article here:  www.louisianasportsman.com/details.php?id=6934

MILES: NEW-LOOK LSU REMAINS A CONTENDER

MILES: NEW-LOOK LSU REMAINS A CONTENDER

By Brad Crawford – Saturday Down South – July 16, 2014

National radio host Paul Finebaum said Wednesday few have mentioned Les Miles’ name in the weeks leading up to the college football season.

Despite winning two league titles in the last seven years along with the 2007 BCS National Championship, the SEC’s most underrated coach has flown relatively under the radar coming off his fourth consecutive 10-win season.

Entering his 10th season in Baton Rouge, Miles reminded us all Wednesday at SEC Media Days not to dismiss the Tigers and shared supreme confidence in this year’s team.

“I like us and I like us in every game,” Miles said. “We’re a team on the cusp of winning championships. Don’t bother us, we don’t care, we just want to work, we want to improve, we want to play one game at a time, we want to point at the next opponent.

“We understand that doesn’t mean that we’re in the immediate talk, but if we continue to do the things we’ve done in the past, we’ll earn our way.”

Like several SEC teams projected in the preseason Top 25 facing the same questions, LSU’s replacing a multi-year starting quarterback in Zach Mettenberger and a couple interior defensive linemen with elite-level freshmen and players who have developed within the program anxiously awaiting their turn to step up.

Five-star wide out Malachi Dupre and crown jewel Leonard Fournette, the nation’s top-ranked ball carrier, should see the field early on offense, but the position battle everyone is watching heading into August is under center between sophomore Anthony Jennings and freshman Brandon Harris — LSU’s only two scholarship quarterbacks on roster.

RELATED: Cam Cameron confident in Jennings or Harris at quarterback

Harris enrolled in January and looked sharp in the spring game with 270 yards of total offense with three touchdowns. The Parkway High product has worked with George Whitfield on overcoming chaos in the pocket, something he’s sure to see in LSU’s opener against Wisconsin should he win the job in fall practice.

“Offensively, quarterback will be Anthony Jennings or Brandon Harris,” Miles said. “It will be a very competitive event from the start to the finish. Cam Cameron, a guy who’s made a career mentoring quarterbacks, is our offensive coordinator, will do the exactly right things with those guys.

“You’ll see how well a freshman can execute at quarterback.”

More from Miles’ SEC Media Days appearance:

  • On Tiger Stadium expansion: “102,000 in Tiger Stadium.  If you thought we were loud before, we just got louder. How fortunate it is for us to play in such a great venue.”
  • On College Football Playoff: “I think the Playoff system is something that college football nationally wanted.  I think it’s a quality attempt.  I think the Playoffs will eventually at some point in time expand. I think that the Playoff will be equally kind to the SEC.”
  • On facing Wisconsin in the opener: “They play offense, defense, special teams in a very physical manner.  We recognize the challenge.  Our program has taken these challenges. I mean, it’s an opportunity for us to raise our level of play and really expect that those freshmen that are going to step to the field, those underclassmen that are now being counted on to show that they can play big roles for the Tigers.”
  • On losing two starting defensive tackles: “Christian LaCouture we would expect to be a starter for us inside, has had a great spring, played significantly in the fall, and really we would expect that he would be a guy that would step right in there. Quentin Thomas is also a guy that played a lot of ball in the fall. He has really matured, really defined himself as a guy that can give great contribution there.”
  • On factors that are key toward staying at LSU as long as he has: “I think, first of all, you have to have a great school. I think the opportunity that we present in recruiting is, it’s a place you’re going to get your degree, you’re going to play championship football, you’re going to play one of the historic venues in college football.”


OIL LOBBY TURNS FOCUS TO EPA IN ETHANOL FIGHT

OIL LOBBY TURNS FOCUS TO EPA IN ETHANOL FIGHT

By Timothy Cama – The Hill – July 16, 2014

The American Petroleum Institute (API) is focusing on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in its fight to reduce the ethanol blending mandate, conceding that there’s little short-term hope in congressional action.

Bob Greco, API’s director of downstream operations, said his group is still pushing for legislative changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that requires oil refiners to mix ethanol, biodiesel and other renewables into their fuels. But with elections approaching, it is trying instead to convince the EPA to keep the mandated volumes low.

“I think we have a narrow, closing window to do anything this year,” Greco told reporters Wednesday.

“That’s why, I think, much of the focus is really on the regulatory rulemaking right now, because that is something that will have an impact this year,” he said. “So that’s why I think at least from API’s perspective, so much of our focus right now is on better understanding where’s EPA’s going and trying to influence the regulatory decision.”

API invited representatives from a range of advocacy groups to its offices Wednesday to talk about their different objections to the RFS. For example, the American Motorcyclist Association opposes it because high ethanol concentrations can harm small engines, while the National Chicken Council believes that the demand for corn-based ethanol has increased prices for feed stock.

The EPA must go through a rulemaking process each year to set the required blending volumes. The agency proposed last year to reduce the ethanol mandate for 2014 and keep the biodiesel level unchanged, decisions that renewable fuel advocates decried, but opponents cheered.

API wants the EPA to finalize the blending levels it proposed last year.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) wants the corn-based ethanol requirement scrapped completely, because the fuel has higher carbon dioxide emissions than the conventional gasoline it replaces, said Scott Faber, vice president of government affairs for the group.

“The single most effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions today is to implement the [standard] as they proposed, and to not increase the amount of corn ethanol that would ultimately be blended into gasoline,” Faber said. EWG estimated that reducing the level as EPA proposed would cut carbon dioxide emissions by about 3 million metric tons, the equivalent of taking 580,000 cars off the road for a year.

“If the administration were to increase the amount of corn ethanol, they would be blatantly contradicting their own climate policy and doing more to create momentum for reform in this Congress, especially in the lame duck, than anything API or EWG could ever do,” Faber said.

Scott Vinson, president of the National Council of Chain Restaurants, was optimistic that the RFS could be reformed or repealed, especially if Republicans take control of the Senate.

“At least in the Republican Party, there’s this tea party strain, where there’s less enthusiasm for government mandates picking winners and losers than maybe there has been been in the past,” he said. “And I think that helps.”

Greco said a majority of members of the House have endorsed some sort of change to the RFS.

“So there’s a critical mass in Congress to affect change. How that change is initiated, I think is yet to be determined,” he said. “But ultimately, we’re in this for the long haul.”

 

FUEL PRICES ARE SPIKING – TWO SIMPLE CHANGES COULD BRING THEM BACK DOWN

FUEL PRICES ARE SPIKING – TWO SIMPLE CHANGES COULD BRING THEM BACK DOWN

By John Hofmeister and Yossie Hollandre – Forbes Opinion – July 15, 2014

The current spike cycle in oil prices, driven by recent events in Iraq, may take a long while to run its course. With so many unknowns, the prospect of ever higher oil prices is likely. With the western countries weariness over the newest, latest chapter in the region, all too many are simply shrugging their shoulders, hunkering down, ready to endure whatever comes their way regarding oil prices and supply insecurity.

Well known experts are suggesting price increases of $25-$35 per barrel under the rapidly changing circumstances. This translates to an additional $.50-1.00 per gallon over the coming months. This coming oil price “shock” will be sufficient to derail whatever anemic recovery is occurring in the U.S.

The evacuation of oil field experts from Iraq is the latest piece of bad news. Maintaining current production while planning future production growth sits on the shoulders of these expats from the major oil companies. Without them it will be impossible to sustain the 3.5 million barrels per day of Iraq’s current production, let alone achieve the aspired oil production growth of doubling that level by 2020.

Complicating the situation in Iraq are the wary nations of Iran and Saudi Arabia and the likelihood of separate self-interests playing out under the worst of circumstances relative to each other and to oil importing nations. Iran has a new bargaining tool: increased oil production for fewer sanctions. Saudi Arabia has a more difficult choice, increased production for what possible gain?

Read full article here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2014/07/15/fuel-prices-are-spiking-two-simple-changes-could-bring-them-back-down/

The following is a letter which I mailed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Administrator on July 23, 2014 regarding the damage ethanol gasoline is causing to the Gulf of Mexico and also the continued damage to American’s off road small engines.

“Pete”

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                                                                                    Alton J. Landry                                                                                                                LaPlace, LA 70068

July 22, 2014

Ms. Gina McCarthy – Administrator                                                                 Environmental Protection Agency                                                                               1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.                                                                       Washington, D.C. 20460

RE: ETHANOL FUEL DAMAGING GULF OF MEXICO

Dear Ms. McCarthy:

Your agency’s aggressiveness in so many enforcement areas is seriously damaging U.S. employment.  Your “War on Coal” and carbon emissions are just a few of the many areas most Americans feel are ‘over regulated’ issues.  However, there are two areas your agency seems either blind to or for whatever reason refuses to address.

The first is the serious environmental damage the ethanol Renewal Fuel Standard is causing to the Gulf of Mexico.  As the RFS mandate continues to require more and more ethanol be manufactured each year to blend into gasoline, the result is that farmers are clearing more and more ‘Conservation lands’ to grow more and more corn and other grains.  These lands were designated conservation lands for a reason.  Not only were they poor quality lands for growing crops, but they are also grasslands, shrublands and wetlands that are habitat to wildlife, especially ducks, pheasant, quail and other birds.  The destruction of this wildlife habitat is resulting in a serious decline of all of these birds.  According to the Environmental Working Group, 23.7 million acres (37,000 square miles) of conservation lands have been converted into farm lands between 2008 and 2011, more than in the previous 40 years!  This data was calculated by the Environmental Working group using the USDANASS Cropland Data Layers from crop years 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Recent research reports have also reported that the plowing over of such an immense amount of conservation lands has released more carbon dioxide than be saved in over two decades by other means.

One of the many ‘unplanned consequences’ of the RFS’s continued increase in ethanol production and conservation land conversion is that millions and millions of more tons of fertilizer is required to grow more and more corn and other corps.  The runoff from these fields in the corn belt States is running down the Mississippi River into the Gulf of Mexico.  The red algae or ‘hypoxia’ layer in the Gulf is growing yearly.  Some scientists have predicted that if something is not done soon to stop this nutrient flooding of the Gulf, it is possible the entire Gulf of Mexico could be TOTALLY DEAD in less than two decades!  Can you imagine the INCREDIBLE impact this would have on the economies of southern States that border the Gulf of Mexico?  This would be nothing short of CATASTROPHIC!  I URGE your agency to develop rigid regulations to STOP the flow of runoff fertilizer nutrients from entering the Mississippi tributaries and subsequently the Gulf of Mexico.

How can you continue to ignore this critical issue?

Secondly, the manufacture and sale of ethanol gasoline continues to inflict damage upon Americans daily across the Country.  Despite claims by manufacturers that most “off road” small engines can operate safely on 10% ethanol, considerable damage continues.  Marine engines, motorcycles, 4 wheelers, jet skis, snow mobiles, chain saws, gas powered home generators and lawn and garden tools continue to be damaged on a daily basis.  And, conventional, non ethanol gasoline is becoming harder and harder to find.  We have been fortunate in Louisiana for several years in that we had three refineries that continued to produce some non ethanol gas.  However, the Chalmette Refining Company in Chalmette, Louisiana, east of New Orleans discontinued the sale of non ethanol gasoline in mid June, 2014.  They were the largest supplier of non ethanol gasoline to southeast Louisiana.  Louisiana has over 300,000 registered boats.  We depend on non ethanol gasoline for operating our marine engines.  We also live in a hurricane prone area in south Louisiana.  Many homeowners own gas powered home generators to supply power to their homes when hurricanes cause power outages.  In 2012, when Hurricane Isaac flooded thousands of homes in St John Parish just west of New Orleans, a shop near my home had over 40 generators in his yard awaiting carburetor cleaning before Isaac made landfall.  Owners had used ethanol gas in these engines when used last and the oxidation of ethanol gas left in the engines carburetors plugged the carbs and they would not start.  Lawnmowers and other lawn and garden tools are being damaged daily.  A shop where I have my marine engine serviced when it is needed told me two years ago that a fisherman’s 200 Hp Yamaha engine shutdown.  When the shop dissembled the engine, they discovered that the ethanol gasoline which the owner was using in his engine had dissolved the gum and varnish layer on the fuel tank walls, begin to dissolve the fuel hose from the fuel tank to the engine and passed these particles through all filters and restricted two fuel injectors, causing a fuel/air imbalance which melted two pistons to the cylinder walls.  The repair cost was $7,500.  PLEASE help us to STOP this damage.

I URGE you to allow ALL US REFINERIES to manufacture at least 5% of their total gasoline sales as conventional, non ethanol gas WITHOUT any penalties (like RINs)!  That would help assure an accessible supply of conventional fuel for the equipment I mentioned above.

Please read the attached articles on the Gulf of Mexico issue and do not hesitate to call me should you have any questions.

Sincerely,

 

Alton Landry

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KILLING MARINE LIFE WITH ETHANOL

KILLING MARINE LIFE WITH ETHANOL

By Paul Driessen – Heartland Institute – July 21, 2014

Ethanol damages your cars, small engines, food budget – and kills Gulf of Mexico animals……Paul Driessen

Ethanol and other biofuel mandates and subsidies got started when politicians bought into claims that we are rapidly depleting our petroleum, and fossil-fuel-driven global warming is boiling the planet.

Hydraulic fracturing destroyed the depletion myth. It also reminds us that “peak oil” applies only if we wrongly assume that resource needs and technologies never change. The 18-year “hiatus” in planetary warming has forced alarmists to change their terminology to climate change, climate disruption and extreme weather mantras – which allow them to continue demanding that we stop using the hydrocarbons that provide 82% of the energy that makes our economy, jobs and living standards possible.

In recent years, people have discovered that ethanol harms lawn mowers and other small engines. The fuel additive also drives up gasoline prices, reduces automotive mileage and corrodes engine parts.

Corn-for-ethanol growers make a lot of money. But meat, egg and fish producers pay more for feed, driving up family food bills. Biofuel mandates also mean aid agencies pay more for corn and wheat, so more malnourished people go hungry longer. This is not what most would call “environmental justice.”

The 10% blends are bad enough. 15% ethanol is much worse, and truckers say a highly corrosive 20% blend will be needed to meet California’s looming low carbon fuel standards.

US law mandates that ethanol production must triple between 2007 and 2020 – even though motorists are driving less and thus using less gasoline, which then means refiners need less ethanol to produce 10% blends. That “blend wall” (between what’s needed and what’s produced) is driving the push to allow 15% ethanol blends, which would void most car engine warranties.

The guaranteed income incentivizes farmers to take land out of conservation easements, pasture land and wildlife habitat, and grow corn instead. Just to meet current ethanol quotas, US farmers are now growing corn on an area the size of Iowa. Growing and harvesting this corn and turning it into ethanol also requires massive quantities of pesticides, fertilizers, fossil fuels and water.

Corn-based ethanol requires 2,500 to 29,000 gallons of fresh water per million Btu of energy  – compared to at most 6.0 gallons of fresh or brackish water per million Btu of energy produced via fracking. Across its life cycle, ethanol production and use also releases more carbon dioxide per gallon than gasoline.

Now we learn that ethanol is bad for the environment in another way. It kills marine life.

A large portion of the nitrogen fertilizers needed to grow all that corn gets washed off the land and into streams and rivers that drain into the Gulf of Mexico, where they cause enormous summertime algae blooms. When the algae die, their decomposition consumes oxygen in the water – creating enormous low-oxygen (hypoxic) and zero-oxygen (anoxic) regions.

Marine life cannot survive in those “dead zones.” Fish swim away, but shrimp, oysters, clams, mussels, crabs, sea cucumbers and other stationary or slow moving bottom dwellers cannot escape. They just die.

Thousands of square miles of water off the coast of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas as far southwest as Corpus Christi can remain blanketed by a dead zone until fall winds or tropical storms or hurricanes come through. These events cool the water down, churn up the anoxic zones, bring in new oxygen supplies, and restore livability.

In 2012, nearly 2,900 square miles (about the size of Delaware) turned into a dead zone. Last year, because of much greater water flow from the Corn Belt, the region of animal cadavers covered nearly 8,560 square miles (New Jersey). This year, the zone of death could cover a more average Connecticut-size 4,630 to 5,700 square miles, say Louisiana State University, Texas A&M and other researchers, due to lower water flows; strong eddy currents south of the Mississippi Delta could also be playing a role.

A friend of mine recently observed vast stretches of green algae blooms in the normally “blue water” areas beyond the 15-mile-wide region where fresh Mississippi River waters mix with Gulf of Mexico salt water, in the Mississippi Canyon area south of Louisiana. The green zone extended to some 40 miles from shore, he said. As the algae die, they will create huge new suffocation zones, rising up into the water column, invisible from the air and surface, but deadly to millions of creatures that cannot swim away.

The dead zones also mean fishermen, crabbers, shrimpers and other recreational and commercial boaters must travel much further from shore to find anything, putting them at greater risk in the event of storms.

“More nitrate comes off corn fields than it does from any other crop, by far,” says Louisiana State University zoologist Gene Turner. The nitrogen drives the formation of dead zones, and the “primary culprit” driving the entire process is corn-based ethanol, adds Larry McKinney, executive director of the Harte Research Center for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi.

The US Geological Survey estimates that 153,000 metric tons of nitrogen fertilizer and other nutrients flowed down the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers in May 2013. That was 16% more than the average amount over the previous three decades. The enormous nutrient runoff is primarily the result of feeding just one crop: corn for ethanol, the USGS affirms. The lost seafood is worth tens of millions of dollars.

Fertilizer and pesticide runoff is substantially higher in wet years. But in dry years much of the excess chemical application just builds up in the soil, waiting for the next big rainy season to unleash it. The more acreage we put in corn for ethanol – and soybeans for biodiesel – the worse the fertilizer and pesticide runoff, algae blooms, dead zones and eradicated marine life become in wet years.

Water use is also skyrocketing to grow these biofuel crops. And if it weren’t for biotechnology, the problems would be far worse. GMO corn is engineered to need less water, and to kill insects that feed on the crops with far lower pesticide use than for traditional, non-biotech varieties. However, the same greens who hate hydrocarbons and promote ethanol and biodiesel also detest biotechnology. Go figure.

Some biofuel advocates tout cellulosic ethanol as a partial solution – because switch grass requires less fertilizer, and this perennial’s roots help stabilize the soil and reduce runoff. But no one has yet been able to turn this pipedream source into ethanol on a commercial scale. Another potential manmade fuel could be methanol from natural gas produced via hydraulic fracturing, but greens continue to oppose fracking.

This algae boom, bust and dead zone phenomenon may not be an ecological crisis, and it’s been going on for decades. But why make it worse, with an expensive, engine-wrecking fuel that eco-activists, politicians and ethanol lobbyists pretend is better for the planet than fossil fuels? Why don’t biofuel boosters at least include this serious, recurring environmental damage in their cost-benefit analyses?

And why do we continue to tolerate the double standards? Environmentalists, politicians and bureaucrats come down with iron fists on any private sector damages involving fossil fuel or nuclear power. They have different standards for the  “natural” and “eco-friendly” “alternatives” they advocate. Ethanol from corn is just one example. An even more grotesque double standard involves wind turbines.

Big Green activists and Big Government bureaucrats (especially Fish & Wildlife Service) let Big Wind companies kill eagles and other raptors, conduct deliberately insufficient and incompetent body counts, hide and bury carcasses, and even store hundreds of dead eagles in freezers, away from prying eyes. Using German and Swedish studies as a guide, Save the Eagles International experts calculate that the real US wind turbine death toll is probably 13 million or more birds and bats every year, slaughtered in the name of saving the planet from computer-concocted ravages of manmade global warming.

These policies are unsustainable and intolerable. The same environmental and endangered species standards must be applied to all our energy alternatives – and the ethanol quotas must be terminated.

Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org) and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green power – Black death.