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

    *     *     *     BREAKING NEWS     *     *     *

          CHALMETTE REFINING PETITION!                                               PLEASE JOIN THE PETITION!                                             

PLEASE JOIN THE CHALMETTE REFINING PETITION.  Look to your right and Just click the ORANGE “Sign Petition Now” button on top right.  READERS:  PLEASE, PLEASE continue to inform ALL your friends and neighbors about the petition and urge them to sign up.  NOT one (0) new name to petition today!

As of this afternoon (8/20), we STILL now have  849 signed Petitions! The growth in the Petition is slowing down SIGNIFICANTLY (to a crawl),  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.                                                                                        ———————————————————————————————                         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 wrote 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!                                                                                                               ———————————————————————————– 

TODAY’S ARTICLE : Today I posted an ethanol from a California newspaper that explains why we need corn for food more than for fuel.  

SPORTS ARTICLE:  Today (8/20), I posted a sports article from Saturday Down South about LSU true freshman wide receiver Malachi Dupre from John Curtis.  This is a GREAT article in which the author goes so far as to say he believes Dupre could be way better than Odell Beckham was last year.  Read the article in the LSU section below. 

GUN CONTROL  NEWS:  I posted (8/13) a new gun control article from Conservative Tribune titled “Sheriff Warns of Second American Revolution if Guns are Banned (Watch Video)“.  This sheriff from Milwaukee County in Wisconsin is a HUGE supporter of the 2nd Amendment and has even so far as urging citizens of his County to buy guns and ammo and arm themselves because budget cuts in his County have cut his number of police officers and result in a delayed time before they can respond to a call for help.  The title is self explanatory and many others have written the same that if there is a national attempt at gun confiscation, that could very well trigger a 2nd American Revolution.  By the way, ex New York City Mayor Bloomberg, a HUGE anti-gun wacko is spending lots of his own money to support a candidate who is running against the current Sheriff.  I encourage you to read this article.  Read the article in on the website’s “Gun Control” 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.                                                                                                       ————————————————————————————————–

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/                                                   ————————————————————————————————-

Chalmette Refining Issue:

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                                                                                                                                                                                                —————————————————————————————————

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/                                                          —————————————————————————————————

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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I would guess that the number of stations that have chosen to either stay with non ethanol gas or switch to “corn gas” after the Chalmette Refining disappointing decision to stop the manufacture of “good gas” has settled down by now.  I have therefore 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. 

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  *    *    *   TODAY’S NEWS ARTICLE    *    *    * 

Today I posted an ethanol related article from The Orange County Register titled “Andrew Puzder: U.S. Needs Corn for Food More Than for Fuel“.  The author explains how since the Renewal Fuel Standard (RFS) of 2007, continued escalation of volumes of ethanol to be produced to blended into fuel has caused the prices of corn to continually increase yearly.  According to the article, “As a result, from 2000-13, domestic corn use to feed livestock declined from 75 percent of total U.S. corn use to 45 percent, while the amount used for ethanol skyrocketed from 8 percent to 43 percent“.  And, if the RFS is not either repealed of significantly revised, the mandated volume of ethanol to be produced will increase from 14 billion gallons this year to a WHOPPING 36 billion gallons by 2022.  There isn’t enough land in the Country to grow this much corn!   This is TOTALLY INSANE!  It is way past time to totally re-evaluate this flawed policy before it is too late.  

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*   *   *  FOOTBALL  SEASON IS NEAR   *   *   *

ONLY 9 DAYS TIL THE 2014 TIGERS FIRST GAME!

 

WE'RE ALMOST THERE!

WE’RE ALMOST THERE!

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.                                                      ————————————————————————————————

      *   *   *   *   2014 FOOTBALL NEWS   *   *   *   *

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

Link:  http://www.dandydon.com/lsu_football_roster.php                     —————————————————————————————————

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                                                   —————————————————————

Here is a VERY interesting article on true freshman wide receiver Malachi Dupre from John Curtis.  This young man could be way better than Odell Beckham was last year!

FILM STUDY: LSU WR MALACHI DUPRE IS ABOUT TO RIP THE SEC TO SHREDS

By Murf Baldwin – Saturday Down South – August 18, 2014

NCAA Football: Under Armour-All America Football

For some odd reason the LSU Tigers either get overlooked or underestimated, sometimes both, prior to the start of each regular season — despite consistently recruiting as well as anyone in the country.

Sure they virtually lose dozens to the NFL annually, but they have talent out the wazoo, and head coach Les Miles may be the best in the country at getting recruits to maximize their full potential.

Critics point to the abundance of youth — at key positions — as one of the major reasons why the Bayou Bengals won’t contend for the SEC crown.

And while losing a 3,000-yard passer (Zach Mettenberger), two 1,000-yard receivers (Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr.) and a 1,000-yard rusher (Jeremy Hill) is a lot to overcome, when you boast the type of incoming talent (and coaching) that LSU does, anything’s possible.

As the No. 1-ranked recruit in the nation, freshman running back Leonard Fournette is receiving a ton of hype — as he should. Anytime you have be countlessly compared to the great Adrian Peterson, you’re doing something right.

But it’s fellow incoming freshman receiver Malachi Dupre who has my undivided attention — as I wholeheartedly believe he may be every bit Fournette’s equal when it’s all said and done. We’ve seen uber freshmen like A.J. Green (University of Georgia) and Julio Jones (University of Alabama) come in and make an immediate impact.

We may eventually be talking about Dupre in that same vein; this kid is just that talented.

Athletically Gifted

“I like our receivers,” LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron recently said (h/t to Glenn Guilbeau of The News Star). “Malachi Dupre has special abilities. We expect him to produce right away. We’re not hoping for him to start playing well in a couple of years. Not at LSU.”

Producing is the least Cameron should expect from such a polished receiver the likes of Dupre. At 6’3″, 187 pounds, Dupre has the fluidity, speed, quickness and leaping ability to be off the charts from day one.

Cameron’s offense is based off vertical concepts; quarterbacks read deep to short. QBs like Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints), Philip Rivers (San Diego Chargers), Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens) and LSU’s own Zach Mettenberger have challenged offenses vertically behind the philosophy of Cameron.

Some of the best deep-threats in the NFL, and college, have had a hand in Cameron’s play-action based scheme: Vincent Jackson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Malcom Floyd (Chargers), Torrey Smith (Ravens) and Beckham come to mind.

When your scheme is based off a power-run game, you need receivers who can beat man coverage or threaten two- and three-deep zones.

VIDEOMalachi Dupre Making Over the Shoulder Catch

VIDEO LINKhttp://d3murf.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/stuttergo.gif

Here’s a prime example of Dupre’s ability to stretch a defense. Although he runs a reported 4.5 40-yard dash, much like Green, he’s a deceptive long-strider that knows how to properly run routes.

On this “Stutter-Go,” he bends the route inside the cornerback allowing for room on the throw out past the numbers. By possessing the ability to adjust to the ball in flight, Dupre is able to make difficult over-the-shoulder catches look rather routine.

His ability to separate is not unlike that of Beckham’s. As a matter of fact, expect Dupre to step right into Beckham’s vacated Z-receiver role.

VIDEOMalachi Dupre’s Speed                         

VIDEO LINKhttp://d3murf.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/9-route.gif

Here we see Dupre doing his best Randy Moss impersonation in splitting the two-deep coverage. Defenses will have to pick its poison against the LSU offense as it will be heavy on the run. By dropping a safety down in the box to assist with the smash-mouth run game, you virtually leave your corners on an island attempting the Cover-1 approach.

Usually when you have an athletic freak on the field, like Dupre, you try to thwart his abilities by always providing help over the top in the form of Cover 2. But with Fournette, Kenny Hilliard and Terrence Magee in the backfield, you may have no choice but to provide in-the-box help.

Here Dupre gets on top of the safety so fast that it ended up looking choreographed.  When you encounter a guy that lanky, it just doesn’t look like he’s moving that fast. Gaining that type of separation will be imperative while LSU looks to break in either Anthony Jennings or Brandon Harris — both potential first-year starters at QB– in Cameron’s pro-style offensive attack.

Route-Running Prowess

What made LSU’s passing game so effective last season was the uncanny ability for both Landy (5’11″, 203 lbs) and Beckham (6’0″, 194 lbs) to properly run routes. While Cameron’s first order of business is to vertically stretch the field, he also counts on his receivers to be adept in the short-to-intermediate game.

For being a taller receiver, Dupre may be the smoothest I’ve ever seen getting in and out of his breaks. He makes seamless transitions which works well in conjunction with his fantastic body control.

I’ve mentioned it before, but he compares favorably to Green (6’4″, 207), who is also a great route runner for a taller receiver. Losing Beckham and Landry and possibly replacing them with the next Green(and Adrian Peterson for that matter), sure speaks volumes about LSU as a whole.

VIDEO:  Malachi Dupre in Over Shoulder Pluck     

VIDEO LINKhttp://d3murf.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/stutter-go-2.gif

Here’s an up close version of Dupri’s route-running prowess. On this “Stutter-Go,” Dupre effectively separates this cornerback from his own ankles in the double-move portion of the route.

What’s even more impressive is his off-the-ball quickness. His get-off move is akin to that of a much smaller slot receiver; receivers this tall aren’t supposed to be that agile.

He then tops it off by plucking the ball out of the air for the over-the-shoulder catch. It’s one thing to let it fall in the bread basket to make the catch, it’s entirely another to reach out overhand and secure the ball.

This is a talented kid.

VIDEO:  Malachi Dupre’s Incredible Jumping  Ability

VIDEO LINKhttp://d3murf.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/duprejumpball.gif

And when all else fails he has the ability to flat-out outjump any corner he comes across — as seen in the sequence above. Yet another characteristic he shares with Cincinnati Bengals’ superstar Green.

The totality of Dupre’s skill set is not lost on New Orleans Saints’ corner Keenan Lewis.

“He’s special,” Lewis said after a summer workout with Dupre.” He’s a guy I’ve seen out there every day, just steadily working on his craft, and we bonded. He grew on me. He’s going to be a great one.”

So for those using youth as a perceived crutch for why LSU won’t be a major factor this season, it’s time to use a new excuse. While we already know about Fournette’s prognostication, when it’s all said and done we will be speaking of Dupre in the same ilk.

Now that’s scary for the rest of the SEC.

LINK to this article:  http://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/lsu-football/film-study-lsu-wr-malachi-dupre-rip-sec-shreds/

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Here is a sports article from NOLA.com/The Times Picayune on  LSU football commit DT Travonte Valentine who has apparently been cleared by the NCAA to join the LSU team.  

LSU GETS DT HELP AS TRAVONTE VALENTINE IS APPARENTLY CLEARED BY THE NCAA

By Randy Rosetta – NOLA.com/The Times Picayune – August 18, 2014

valentine.jpg

Florida native Travonte Valentine tweeted Monday morning that he has been cleared by the NCAA and is headed to LSU

LSU’S defensive tackle position got a huge shot in the arm on Monday when highly touted freshman Travonte Valentine was apparently green-lighted by the NCAA Clearinghouse.

Valentine tweeted Monday morning that he had been cleared to play and posted two other references to that effect on his Facebook page. LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette said Valentine has not yet been officially cleared to join the team because he has not finished the admission process.

“Travonte Valentine is going through the final phases of the admission process,” Bonnette said in an emailed statement. “He has not been cleared to join the football team. We will let you know once the process is complete.”

Once he joins the team, Valentine won’t be allowed to practice in full pads with LSU until he goes through the NCAA-mandated, four-day acclimation period.

Valentine is an athletic 6-foot-3, 325-pound addition to a position that needed to be replenished after Anthony Johnson and Ego Ferguson both left for the NFL Draft following the 2013 season.

Read full article here:  http://www.nola.com/lsu/index.ssf/2014/08/lsu_gets_dt_help_as_valentine.html

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Here is a current listing of LSU Football’s 2015 Committments (as of August 15, 2014):

 2015 LSU football commitments (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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LSU’S 2016 FOOTBALL COMMITMENTS:

GOOD NEWS: LSU picked it’s another commitment for the 2016 class:

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

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

- Stephen Sullivan (4 STAR) – WR, 6’6”, 215. Donaldsonville, LA                        ————————————————————————————————————–

LSU’s 2017 FOOTBALL COMMITMENTS: BREAKING NEWS:  It was announced on Bleacher Report on August 11, 2014 that LSU 2017 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                                  ———————————————————————————————– * NEW CHANGES TO ETHANOL FREE GAS LIST *

We removed THREE 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 also added TWO new ethanol FREE location in Louisiana recently:

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”        

ANDREW PUZDER: U.S. NEEDS CORN FOR FOOD MORE THAN FOR FUEL

ANDREW PUZDER: U.S. NEEDS CORN FOR FOOD MORE THAN FOR FUEL

By Andrew Puzder/Contributing Writer – Orange County Register – August 8, 2014

While there’s never a good time for food costs to rise, this is a particularly bad time. The U.S. Department of Agriculture annually measures the percentage of households that experience “food insecurity,” “meaning that their access to adequate food for active, healthy living is limited by lack of money and other resources.” Since 2008, food insecurity has been at elevated levels.

Part of the problem is that we’re using a meaningful portion of our food supply for fuel. The United States is the world’s largest corn producer and corn is our primary feed grain. It’s also the primary component in the production of ethanol for fuel. These competing uses have set off a multibillion dollar chain reaction, unnecessarily increasing food costs.

Federal legislation designed to reduce oil consumption and promote energy security has driven steep increases in ethanol consumptions by mandating that fuel refiners blend biofuels into our nation’s fuel supply in annually increasing amounts. Corn-based ethanol is the primary biofuel refiners use to meet this Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).

As a result, from 2000-13, domestic corn use to feed livestock declined from 75 percent of total U.S. corn use to 45 percent, while the amount used for ethanol skyrocketed from 8 percent to 43 percent.

Corn production has increased and, in the free market, an increase in production normally leads to a decrease in price (basic supply and demand). However, government-mandated ethanol production has so increased demand that, despite increased production since 2005, corn prices have significantly increased. Even with a record corn crop, corn prices only dropped to their 2008 level late last year and another bumper crop currently has corn prices at their 2010 levels. Given variables as inconsistent as the weather, it would be a serious mistake to assume that bumper crops will continue indefinitely.

While there are a number of factors – weather, herd size and worldwide demand – that impact protein prices (principally beef, poultry and pork), corn is our primary feed grain. No matter how other factors interact, increased demand for corn increases feed costs. Anything that increases feed costs increases protein prices.

Consumers experience the cost impact in their grocery stores and local restaurants. The RFS is particularly burdensome for restaurant franchisees, who are generally small-business owners operating with slim profit margins – sometimes just pennies on the dollar. With the RFS still in place, the increased cost of proteins restricts their ability to keep prices down and reduces the monies that otherwise would be available to support their communities, renovate facilities, open new locations or hire new employees.

A 2012 study by Pricewaterhouse Cooper commissioned by the National Council of Chain Restaurants to understand the impact of ethanol policies on chain-restaurant food costs, estimates that if the 2015 RFS mandate increased ethanol production by 6 billion gallons per year, it would increase commodity costs for chain restaurants by $3.2 billion per year. For quick-service restaurants alone, the estimated increase would be $2.5 billion per year.

This situation is increasingly frustrating as the justifications for mandating corn ethanol use have come into question. When Congress first established the RFS in 2005, the primary justifications were that 1) it would improve the environment by reducing carbon emissions, and 2) it would promote energy independence.

Groups ranging from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the International Institute for Sustainable Development to the Sierra Club and even Al Gore have questioned the environmental benefits of biofuels, including ethanol. In March, the IPCC released a Working Group Report stating that “for some biofuels, indirect emissions – including from land use change – can lead to greater total emissions than when using petroleum products.”

Nor is corn-based ethanol essential to American energy independence. According to the Obama administration, “In November 2013, America hit a milestone of energy independence: For the first time in nearly two decades, the U.S. produced more oil domestically than it imported from foreign sources. And the U.S. is now the No. 1 natural gas producer in the world.”

While government programs can linger well after the facts justifying their existence, or our understanding of those facts, have changed, government also can adjust to change. I applaud our home-state senator, Democrat Dianne Feinstein for co-sponsoring with Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2013. This bipartisan bill would eliminate the federal corn ethanol mandate while maintaining provisions designed to grow the low-carbon biofuel industry. It would remove the top-line mandate for renewable fuels, but leave the mandates for non-corn ethanol biofuels untouched.

The bill would relieve unnecessary pressure on corn prices and allow the ethanol industry to compete with oil directly in the free market, based on price and quality, rather than artificially imposed government mandates.

If we’re going to use a portion of our food supply for fuel, we should do so responsibly. Congress would be well advised to make a long-lasting, permanent fix by taking the corn-ethanol mandate off the menu.

Andrew Puzder is CEO of CKE Restaurants, parent of Carl’s Jr.

 

WE CAN’T LET AGRICULTURE DESTROY OUR ENVIRONMENT

WE CAN’T LET AGRICULTURE DESTROY OUR ENVIRONMENT

By Rekha Basu – The Des Moines Register – August 9, 2014

Are we prepared to sit back and leave our quality of life, our natural resources and our health up to the goodwill of Iowa’s agricultural producers?

I ask because if you’ve read the news the past few days, you have learned that Des Moines could find itself where Toledo, Ohio, was last week, when half a million residents were ordered to stop drinking tap water for two days. That was caused by high levels of microcystin, which can make people very sick.

When a city has to stop drinking its water, something is seriously out of kilter.

Iowa could take steps to avoid that fate by limiting how much fertilizer farming operations use. Instead, Iowa lets them decide whether to voluntarily reduce nitrogen and phosphorus use — the sources of “toxic blooms” of algae. That isn’t working.

Let’s be realistic: If it’s left to them, industries are likely to do what’s easiest and costs them the least, which probably won’t be in the best interests of residents and consumers. If paying taxes were voluntary, how many companies do you suppose would? And what would that do to the government’s ability to pay its bills?

The potential for a Toledo-type drinking water ban isn’t as far-fetched as it might sound. Bill Stowe, who heads Des Moines’ waterworks, says it’s “not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when.” He calls Iowa’s voluntary nutrient reduction strategy a “prescription for failure.”

Des Moines’ drinking water comes from the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers, and Stowe said, “We fight every day with the reality that there are significant contaminants in both rivers. Each day, each hour, we make a decision on which river is least risky in terms of its source water quality.”

There already was a toxic bloom at Saylorville Lake about a week ago after a chemical spill, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Algae blooms formed at Saylorville move into the Des Moines River — where two years ago, the toxins were so high, the water couldn’t be used. In 2009, it was the Raccoon River.

Yikes.

There is a safeguard for the city in a reserve of stored water. But it would just take one good manure spill (yes, an oxymoron) during a toxic bloom to use that up. And manure spills are happening with greater impunity, according to a DNR report obtained by Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement. The report shows the state doesn’t pursue offenders very hard to pay their fines: $401,154 in fines and penalties from farming operations has gone uncollected by the Iowa DNR, some even going back to the 1990s.

“If I got a speeding ticket I’d be required to pay it or lose my license,” CCI member Larry Ginter, a family farmer from Rhodes, says. “If a factory farm fails to pay their fine, they should be closed down, too.”

Yes, it should. But what may be even worse than the state not pursuing these operators to pay their fines is not fining them at all. In 2001, 80 percent of manure spills and other violations resulted in fines, according to CCI. Now, under 15 percent result in fines.

Being a business-friendly state shouldn’t mean letting some businesses destroy our environment.

Besides drinking it, having skin contact with blue green algae can make you sick. So can breathing in particles of it. Two beaches at Black Hawk State Park have been deemed unsafe for swimming because of harmful bacteria linked to algae.

One reason harmful chemicals can flow into waterways is soil erosion. In Iowa, aided by spring storms, an estimated 15 million tons of soil ran off through the end of June. Soil erosion can be fought by conservation efforts, like putting in grass buffers, reducing tillage and changing fertilizer applications. Iowa’s $22 million nutrient reduction plan includes encouraging farmers to grow “cover crops” that hold nitrogen and soil in place and planting buffer strips to prevent runoff. But those measures are also voluntary, when they should be required.

“It’s intolerable that we know how to solve these problems and we’re just not doing it,” said Craig Cox, a vice president of Environmental Working Group, about the voluntary aspect.

He’s right. It’s pointless to expect polluters to do better, when our state has made it clear they can do what they want. The only hope of changing that is if Iowans demand more protection for our precious resources, in letters and calls to elected officials and, if necessary, in voting booths.

STATE GAVE $69 MILLION LOAN TO GREEN ENERGY COMPANY ON VERGE OF BANKRUPTCY

STATE GAVE $69 MILLION LOAN TO GREEN ENERGY COMPANY ON VERGE OF BANKRUPTCY

By Steve Wilson – The Daily Signal – August 18, 2014

Biofuel Plant in Mississippi

Biofuel manufacturer KiOR’s financial struggles might leave Mississippi holding the title to another failed green energy project.

According to the company’s quarterly report, without additional financing KiOR won’t be able to meet its financial obligations past Sept. 30.

One of its biggest creditors is the state of Mississippi.

The company owes the state $69.275 million on a no-interest loan to build a first-of-its kind plant to convert wood pulp into gasoline, fuel oil and diesel fuel in Columbus, Miss. It missed its most recent semi-annual payment of $1.875 million to the state, which granted forbearance June 3. But that ends Oct. 31.

The company revealed in its most recent quarterly report it lost $24 million in the previous quarter and $629.3 million since the company was founded in 2007.  The company’s stock price was down to 23 cents per share on the New York Stock Exchange last week after opening at $15 per share in 2011.

The state’s possible loss on KiOR would dwarf both the Yalobusha County beef plant (more than $50 million in a loan given in 2003 under the administration of then-Gov. Ronnie Musgrove) and Twin Creeks Solar ($26 million in 2010).

If KiOR defaults on its loan, the administration of then-Gov. Haley Barbour would be responsible for more than $95 million in taxpayer money spent on failed green-energy ventures.

 

BAD POLICIES PUSH UP FOOD, ENERGY PRICES

BAD POLICIES PUSH UP FOOD, ENERGY PRICES

By Thomas Lanadstreet  – The Tennessean – June 18, 204

Tuesday’s Consumer Price Index report has observers decrying inflation because food and energy prices have spiked. But inflation is not to blame. Government policies restricting the supply of food and energy are. Corn at $2.50 a bushel and gasoline at $1.65 a gallon would deflate the CPI so fast that it would scare the Federal Reserve into enacting QE 4. Just a few announcements would make that happen.

Most observers blame recent droughts for the rise in food prices. But droughts come and go, bad policies like the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) don’t. The RFS has diverted 40 percent of the corn crop away from the food supply, leading to scarcity of the world’s largest cash crop. Corn goes into everything from cereals to sodas to cattle feed.

Congress first blew air into the corn price bubble by passing the Energy Policy Act of 2005, establishing the ethanol mandate. They greatly increased the mandate by passing the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Both acts were signed by President Bush, which goes to show you that no party has a monopoly on bad ideas. What they didn’t bargain for was the ripple effect. Beginning in 2005, corn prices began a march from their mean price of about $2.30 bushel (relatively stable for 50 years) to their all-time-high of price of $8.25 — a nearly 400 percent increase. An untimely drought didn’t help.

That’s when cattle farmers began aggressively culling their herds. Corn gluten feed comprises 80 percent of their cost of goods. Add in yet another regional drought, this time in California, and you get another toxic stew leading to scarcity and higher prices. Since it takes a year to produce a full-grown heifer, beef prices are just now hitting all-time highs.

In August 2013, the EPA proposed a reduction in the RFS mandate sending corn prices plummeting by 30 percent in just a few days. That kind of move resulted from a mere proposal; they have not actually changed anything. It tells you what’s possible. The EPA is scheduled to issue a final ruling this summer. A decision to cut back on the ethanol mandate would send corn prices even lower and beef prices would follow eventually.

Meanwhile, oil prices hit nearly $107 a barrel Tuesday but that’s not inflation, either. (Most people blame the Iraq conflict, but like droughts, these disruptions also come and go).

The elephant in the room is this administration’s strict moratorium on drilling for oil where it’s cheap and plentiful. There is a tremendous supply of proven reserves on land and in shallow water that are off limits to producers. On the outer continental shelf (OCS), there are more than 90 billion confirmed barrels. And that’s using 20-year-old seismological data. The feds won’t even allow new technologies to update those reserve estimates. I’m convinced they’re scared of what they’d learn. This oil is easy to get to and very cheap. (And since it’s in shallow water, there’s no chance of a Deepwater Horizon-like disaster).

Meanwhile, on federal lands including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), there are about 16 billion confirmed barrels. This is even cheaper oil — maybe recoverable at as low as $20 a barrel.

So, take the inflation talk with a grain of salt. You can blame your government for making life so tough. With just a few announcements, the president could dramatically reduce the cost of living for those who need it most. But don’t count on it: He’s just embarked on a major new green policy initiative.

Thomas Fairfax Landstreet is a money manager, a partner in Tell-Tale Investment Advisors in Nashville, and a former researcher for Laffer Associates.

 

LSU READY FOR SEC NETWORK LAUNCH THURSDAY

LSU READY FOR SEC NETWORK LAUNCH THURSDAY

By Kent Lowe/Sr. Associate SID – LSU Sports.net – August 13, 2014

VIDEO: SEC Network Explained

VIDEO LINK  http://www.lsusports.net/mediaPortal/player.dbml?id=3307013

BATON ROUGE – Right at 5 p.m. CT on Thursday (how can you forget it is 8-14-14), the picture will come up on the channels carrying the SEC Network. By 5:01 p.m., things regarding Southeastern Conference broadcasts of all sports in the league may never be the same.

It will be a moment that league officials in cooperation with ESPN have longed look forward to and the culmination of time and effort by the 14-schools in the league that will be a vital part of the broadcast success of live sports events on both the over-the-air SEC Network and an SEC Network+ (digital online) flurry of games in all sports.

SEC Network Channel Finder

                        LINK: http://getsecnetwork.com/channel-finder

“Across the board, there is a strong sense of excitement from everyone in the league,” said LSU Senior Associate Athletics Director Eddie Nunez. “All the administrators that have been working on this project understand the benefits of what it can do not just for each individual school, but for the conference and the student-athletes. The most important piece of the puzzle is the opportunity to really continue to have our conference showcased at the highest level.”

That showcase begins from the moment the network comes on the air in some 90-million-plus homes when its flagship news and information show “SEC Now” airs live from all 14 SEC campuses. Sports of all seasons will be showcased in the three-hour special sharing the passion, beauty and treasure trove of champions in the Southeastern Conference.

Notable figures on and off the field, lent their voices in an opening essay that speaks to the tradition, pageantry and storied history of the SEC. Peyton, Eli and Archie Manning, Shaquille O’Neal, Dara Torres and Joe Namath are among the 31 voices that will ring for the SEC. Their words will be the first etched in SEC Network history. They will be expanded upon over the course of the show – and the year ahead – by a talented pool of SEC Network commentators, 15 of which are involved in the opening show. In total, the premiere night will include 21 anchors, reporters and analysts in studio and reporting live from campuses.

VIDEO: SEC Network Opening

VIDEO LINK http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:11354891

The show will feature a diversity of sports coverage, a host of SEC Network experts, high-end features, behind-the-scenes access and sit-down interviews – backbone elements for the regularly schedule SEC Now show.

Hosts Dari Nowkhah and Maria Taylor will anchor the first live show from the network’s Charlotte, N.C., studios. They will be joined by broadcasting legend Brent Musburger as well as Paul Finebaum, Greg McElroy and former LSU football star Booger McFarland.

Analysts, reporters and even a SportsCenter anchor will be dispersed and reporting live from the following SEC locations: Marcus Spears (Alabama), Niki Noto (Arkansas), Rece Davis (Auburn), Joe Tessitore (Florida), Tim Tebow (Florida), Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia), Laura Rutledge (Kentucky), Peter Burns (LSU), Ben McDonald (LSU), Tony Barnhart (Mississippi State), John Anderson (Missouri), Kaylee Hartung (Ole Miss), Shannon Spake (South Carolina), Ryan McGee (Tennessee), Kayce Smith (Texas A&M) and Jessica Mendoza (Vanderbilt) will host from sites at the 14 schools.

Included in the show will be live look-ins and highlights from in-progress soccer matches UAB at Vanderbilt and Creighton at Arkansas; plus sit down interviews with coaches that represent 10 total championships, including five defending championship coaches from within the SEC’s 21-sponsored sports.

SEC Now will be immediately followed with the SEC Storied debut of “The Stars are Aligned” at 9 p.m.

Work has progressed in the past weeks to change the fifth-floor television section of the Moran Athletic Building to make room for not one, but two brand new control rooms and much of the necessary equipment to put on a network quality broadcast continues to arrive every day on the floor.

“The changes brought about by the SEC Network didn’t replace the things we were already doing, they were added,” said Kevin Wagner, Assistant AD for Television Operations. “We are going through a process where we are bringing all our television facilities up to ESPN required standards. All 14 schools were at different places in this process. We were probably further advanced than most. But all 14 schools are going through some sort of renovation.

“From a control room standpoint,” Wagner, a former Tiger diver, who has been involved with the television operation and producer of LSU coaches shows for 25 years said, “we had one television control room and in that control room we controlled the video boards in Tiger Stadium, the Maravich Center and Alex Box Stadium. Now what we’ve done is torn everything out, purchased new equipment and we are now turning our single control room into two separate control rooms.”

The process is all part of the two-prong setup of the SEC Network that will feature the games chosen by the network and the league office to appear on the cable and satellite companies carrying the programming; and, a secondary aspect on an ESPN3/SEC Network app that will carry a minimum of 40 events chosen by ESPN and the SEC that will be produced by each school using the ESPN and SEC Network standards.

“I don’t know if America understands how strong the SEC is as a whole,” Nunez said of the sports the league sponsors. “Being able to showcase a conference that excels nationally in every sport is important.”

Nunez and Wagner know that the league and the schools will go through a learning curve as the Network begins. But both know that as time goes on there will be more and more opportunities to showcase the games and the teams of the league schools.            

In that regard, LSU has made a significant investment to give Tiger fans the best opportunity to showcase the teams, the student-athletes, the venues and the passion of LSU fans. “We see it as an investment that will pay dividends for years to come,” Nunez said.

 

IT IS TIME FOR THE NATION TO EMBRACE MORE GULF SHRIMP, NEW YORK TIMES NOTES

IT IS TIME FOR THE NATION TO EMBRACE MORE GULF SHRIMP, NEW YORK TIMES NOTES

By Benjamin Alexander-Bloch – NOLA.com/Times Picayune – August 14, 2014

Shrimp on a scale pic

It is time for “a nation shrimp intervention” to help shrimp lovers embrace local Gulf of Mexico shrimp instead of its cheaper and easier to find Asian brethren, according to a recent New York Times article.

“We do a lot of mindless shrimp eating in this country, and I am here to stop the madness,” Kim Severson, the Atlanta bureau chief for the Times, says in a video accompanying her article.  That video explains how to shop for fresh shrimp, and how to cook it.

Since shrimp imports this year have been questioned because of diseases in some of the crop, the article states that it “may be a perfect moment” to change consumers’ habits.

As NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune has noted, the farmed Asian shrimp market has been struggling this year due to diseases such as early mortality and white feces syndromes, along with overly hot weather and heavy rainfall. Also, reports of human trafficking in some Asian fishing industries seem to have affected demand, as well as potentially leading to less foreign lending that could affect those markets.

Read full article here:  http://www.nola.com/business/index.ssf/2014/08/it_is_time_for_the_nation_to_e.html

POET-DSM PLANS TO CELEBRATE OPENING CELLULOSIC ETHANOL PLANT IN EMMETSBURG SEPT 3

POET-DSM PLANS TO CELEBRATE OPENING CELLULOSIC ETHANOL PLANT IN EMMETSBURG SEPT 3

By Donnelle Eller – The Des Moines Register – August 12, 2014

Poet-DSM plans to celebrate the opening of its Emmetsburg cellulosic ethanol plant, called Project Liberty, Sept. 3.

The $250 million project will use 770 tons of corn cobs, leaves, husk and stalks daily to produce 20 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol a year, later ramping up to 25 million gallons per year.

The company said plant employees are now running the biomass through a pre-treatment process and preparing for its first gallons of ethanol.

The company, a joint venture, will provide public tours, lunch and a flyover by the ethanol-powered Vanguard Squadron, a four-ship aerobatic team that promotes using renewable fuel.

The project is a partnership between Poet, a South Dakota-based maker of ethanol, and DSM Royal, a Dutch maker of enzymes. Poet-DSM plan to license its technology to companies around the world, it said.

In July, Quad County Corn Processors became the first company in the state begin commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol production.

The Emmetsburg and Galva projects, along with DuPont Danisco’s $225 million cellulosic ethanol plant under construction in Nevada, are consider the next generation of renewable fuel, more environmentally friendlier than conventional corn ethanol.

It’s taken several years for the companies to develop the technology for commercial production.

All three companies produce corn ethanol at the same locations they’re adding cellulosic ethanol. DuPont and Poet-DSM projects use crop residue. Quad County converts the kernels’ corn fiber into cellulosic ethanol.