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ALL ABOUT ETHANOL GASOLINE ISSUES AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!
* * * BREAKING NEWS * * *
Since TODAY was the last day for the U.S. Senate in 2014, and Harry Reid DID NOT bring up the “UN Small Arms Treaty” for a vote, gun owners and 2nd Amendment advocates should be able to breath a sigh of relief! Republicans will control the Senate after the newly elected members are sworn in shortly after the 1st of 2015.
* * * MERRY CHRISTMAS * * *
WISHING A VERY SAFE, HEALTHY, JOYOUS AND BLESSED CHRISTMAS SEASON TO ALL OUR LOYAL READERS AND YOUR FAMILIES!
* * * * ARTICLES SUMMARY * * * *
TODAY’S FEATURE ARTICLE : Today I posted an ethanol article from Smarter Fuel Future which discusses the ‘The Fundamental Problem with the Fuel Mandate”. The “Feature Articles” are posted just below the “Monologue”; but, the article can still be read at the bottom of the Home page below the LSU Sports section.
LSU SPORTS NEWS: Today (12/8), I posted an article from Bleacher Report which provides a listing of ALL 2014-2015 Football Bowl Games, including the teams, dates, times and TV coverage. Read the article in the LSU sports section below.
NOTE: Today (12/9) I posted an article with the details of the Music City Bowl in Nashville on Tuesday, Dec 30th where the LSU Tigers will meet Notre Dame at 2:00 pm CST on ESPN. The article is in the LSU Sports section.
NOTE: Today (12/18) I posted an LSU “Hype Video” for the Music City Bowl in Nashville against Notre Dame. Check the link in the LSU section below the Bowl picture.
* * TODAY’S FEATURE ARTICLE MONOLOGUE * *
Today I posted an ethanol article from Smarter Fuel Future titled “The Fundamental Problem with the Ethanol Mandate“. The article discusses several of the major issues with the Renewal Fuel Standard (RFS). According to the article “The Renewable Fuel Standard — America’s mandate to put ethanol in our gasoline supply — has caused unintended consequences across the economy, risking higher gas prices and plowing over natural conservation land. These consequences alone should be cause enough for Congress to revisit the ethanol mandate, but the fundamental problem with policy is simply a disconnect with economic basics“.
* * * TODAY’S FEATURE ARTICLE * * *
THE FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEM WITH THE ETHANOL MANDATE
By Smarter Fuel Future – Oct, 2014
The Renewable Fuel Standard — America’s mandate to put ethanol in our gasoline supply — has caused unintended consequences across the economy, risking higher gas prices and plowing over natural conservation land. These consequences alone should be cause enough for Congress to revisit the ethanol mandate, but the fundamental problem with policy is simply a disconnect with economic basics.
Despite reality, Congress has yet to take significant action in reforming the mandate — talk about one hand not knowing what the other is doing. In fact, the Energy Information Administration (whose projections we used above) isn’t the only government entity to speak out against the policy:
- The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report stating that enforcing the mandate could push gas prices up 9 percent — or 26 cents — per gallon in just three years.
- The Environmental Protection Agency — responsible for implementing the nation’s ethanol policy — has provided evidence that shows ethanol produced 33 percent more emissions in 2012 than gasoline, and could increase GHG emissions by an additional 10 percent by 2017.
- The Department of Energy has concluded that higher ethanol fuel blends like E85 (gasoline containing 85 percent ethanol by volume) lowers vehicle fuel mileage by 15 to 25 percent than when operating on E10. This means consumers are forced to return to the pump more frequently and at greater cost.
- The National Academy of Sciences has demonstrated that high corn and soybean prices, prompted largely by the mandate, are driving one of the worst crop land conversion events in recent US history.
- The Government Accountability Office is concerned that the largest increases in corn acres for ethanol production are projected to occur in the Northern Plains, which relies on irrigation and is already water-constrained. Parts of the region draw heavily from the Ogallala Aquifer, where water withdrawals for agriculture and other uses are already greater than the natural recharge rate from precipitation.
And while it’s true that the Environmental Protection Agency has the power to adjust the mandate every year, we’re 10 months into 2014 and still without a final ruling on this year’s mandate thanks to endless government red tape.
* * * GUN CONTROL IN AMERICA * * *
Pleases read this “UN Disarmament Plan for America” that is part of the “UN Small Arms Treaty” that Obama already had Secretary of State John Kerry sign earlier this year. All it needs is Senate approval and our Constitutionally guaranteed 2nd Amendment Rights for gun ownership will be GIVEN TO THE UNITED NATIONS! We MUST all call, write and e-mail our State’s U.S. Senators and DEMAND they VOTE AGAINST approval of this treaty! See below for Louisiana U.S. Senators e-mail addresses and phone numbers and also how to learn how to contact other State’s U.S. Senators.
NOTE: Click on the letter to enlarge. When done reading, click your browser’s back arrow to return to website:
GUN CONTROL NEWS: Today (12/11/14) I posted a new gun control article on the “Gun Control in America” page from The TPPN titled “Senate Poised to Vote on Surgeon General Nominee Who Views Gun Ownership as a Public Health Crisis“. The Senate leader Harry Reid tried last year to get Senate approval of this VERY CONTROVERSIAL Dr. Vivek Murthy as the new Surgeon General. The Senate did NOT approve him at that time, so in a “last ditch” attempt before the Democrats lose control of the Senate in January, 2015, they will try again to get this man approved as Surgeon General. I URGE you to read the article on the “Gun Control in America” page and e-mail, phone or write our two U.S. Senators and URGE them to VOTE NO on this man when the vote comes up. I know Mary Landrieu will probably vote YES like she has done on many of Obama’s gun control issues. In your e-mail to her, let her know that if she votes YES for this doctor, you will NEVER, EVER vote for her again for any position in or representing Louisiana. The e-mail addresses and phone numbers are listed below.
NOTE: Thanks to all Louisiana voters who voted to unanimously elect our new conservative and 2nd Amendment supporter U.S. Senator Elect Dr. Bill Cassidy to replace Mary Landrieu! Cassidy is a STRONG gun supporter and has an NRA rating of A+!
I URGE all gun owners and 2nd Amendment advocates to read this article and read the U.N. Treaty document below the article. It is CRITICAL that we call, write and e-mail our Louisiana and Mississippi Senators at least weekly and URGE your Senator NOT TO VOTE for this U.N. Small Arms Treaty should it come up for a vote in the Senate. So far, this Treaty has NOT come up for a Senate approval vote. If it isn’t brought up before January, it will LIKELY NOT pass since Republicans will control the Senate in January!
If the Senate approves this Treaty, kiss all your weapons goodbye! This is VERY SCARY! Read the article in on the website’s “Gun Control in America” page.
This is yet another reason why if we value our 2nd amendment rights, it is CRITICAL that we WAKE UP and write, call and e-mail our U.S. Senators and Congressmen and URGE them to protect our 2nd Amendment rights. In so doing, you should make it very clear that ANY elected official that votes FOR new gun laws will NOT get your vote. ALSO, if you are not already a member of NRA, I urge you to join. They are a very powerful lobby force in Washington and need our support. See the link to join below.
YOUR HELP IS URGENTLY NEEDED:
American gun owners and defenders of the 2nd Amendment NEED HELP in fighting off the Government and State ‘gun control’ advocates! If you are not currently a member of the NRA (National Rifle Association) or the NAGR (National Association for Gun Rights), you are urged to join TODAY.
Here’s how (the NRA is the most powerful and influential):
HOW TO CONTACT LOUISIANA AND OTHER STATE’S U.S. SENATORS and REPRESENTATIVES
LOUISIANA U.S. CONGRESSMEN:
Senator David 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: (to be changed soon)
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 STATE U.S. SENATOR:
HOW TO CONTACT YOUR STATE U.S. REPRESENTATIVE:
* * * WEBSITE NEWS * * *
I have resumed my update of our website’s Louisiana ethanol free gas list. As I indicted when I began this considerable effort, I will update the list on the website when I am completed. This is a VERY time consuming effort, so bear with me.
I finished Livingston Parish (going alphabetically), and am now working on Orleans Parish.
* * * FOOTBALL SEASON IS HERE * * *
NCAA Football Polls – LSU Rankings Nov 30, 2014
LSU is now #23 in the AP Poll and #24 in the Coaches Poll
The Championship Bowl Committee announced on Sunday the four teams which will compete in the first playoff bowls. The teams are:
#1: Alabama, #2 Oregon, #3 Florida State and #4 Ohio State. The winners of these two bowl games will play in the National Championship game on January 12, 2015 at 7:30 pm CST on ESPN.
Music City Bowl “Hype Video” – LSU vs Notre Dame
VIDEO LINK: http://vimeo.com/114725831
LSU, NOTRE DAME IN NASHVILLE’S MUSIC CITY BOWL
By Michael Bonnette/Sr. Assoc Athletic Director/SID – LSU Sports.net – Dec 7, 2014
BATON ROUGE – LSU will make its first trip to the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl on Dec. 30 when the 23rd-ranked Tigers face Notre Dame in Nashville, Tenn.
Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. CT on ESPN in what will be the first meeting between LSU and Notre Dame since the 2007 Sugar Bowl. The game will be played at LP Field, home of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans.
LSU, which ran its streak of consecutive years with at least eight victories to 15 straight with its 23-17 win over Texas A&M in the regular season finale, is 8-4 overall. Notre Dame brings a 7-5 overall mark into the contest.
“We are very excited to bring our football program and the great LSU fan base to Nashville to play Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “Notre Dame is a traditional football power and we are looking forward to renewing what has been a tremendous rivalry between the two programs through the years.
Nashville is a great city to play and the opportunity to play in an NFL venue makes this a very attractive bowl destination for us.”
The LSU-Notre Dame matchup will be the 11th meeting between the two teams with the series standing at 5-5. It will also mark the third bowl matchup between the Tigers and Fighting Irish. In addition to the 2007 Sugar Bowl, LSU and Notre Dame met in the 1997 Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La.
“We are delighted to be heading to Nashville for the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl,” LSU vice chancellor and director of athletics Joe Alleva said. “This is a fantastic bowl destination against the historic Notre Dame football program. We are excited about the opportunity to bring our incredible Tiger fans and football program to the great city of Nashville for what should be one of the most attractive matchups of the bowl season.”
LSU will be making its school-record 15th straight bowl appearance and 46th overall. The Tigers are 23-21-1 overall in bowl games, which includes a 6-3 mark under Miles.
Link to article: www.lsusports.net/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=5200&ATCLID=209799402
* * * LSU SPORTS ARTICLE * * *
Here is a COMPLETE summary of all 2014-2015 Bowl Games from Bleacher Report which summaries the bowl name, matchups, date, time and TV schedule. NOTE that LSU plays Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl in Nashville on Dec 30th at 2:00 pm CST.
BOWL GAMES 2014-2015: COMPLETE TV SCHEDULE AND CHAMPIONSHIP PREDICTIONS
By Donald Wood/Featured Columnist – Bleacher Report – Dec 7, 2014
The 2014 college football regular season was one of the wildest in recent memory, and the result should be an incredible set of bowl games featuring the top programs in the nation.
Add in the fact that this season will also feature the Top Four teams going to battle in the inaugural College Football Playoff, and fans of the sport will be treated to a finale worthy of the season full of unforgettable action.
Here is all the vital viewing information for the full 2014-15 bowl schedule.
2014-15 College Bowl Game Schedule
BOWL MATCHUP DATE TIME (ET) TV
New Orleans Bowl Nevada vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Dec. 20 11 a.m. ESPN
Gildan New Mexico Bowl Utah State vs. UTEP Dec. 20 2:20 p.m. ESPN
Las Vegas Bowl Colorado St. vs. Utah Dec. 20 3:30 p.m. ABC
Idaho Potato Bowl Western Michigan vs. Air Force Dec. 20 5:45 p.m. ESPN Camellia Bowl South Alabama vs. Bowling Green Dec. 20 9:15 p.m.ESPN
Miami Beach Bowl BYU vs. Memphis Dec. 22 2 p.m. ESPN
Boca Raton Bowl Marshall vs. Northern Illinois Dec. 23 6 p.m. ESPN
Poinsettia Bowl Navy vs. San Diego State Dec. 23 9:30 p.m. ESPN
Popeyes Bahamas Bowl Cent Michigan vs. W Kentucky Dec. 24 12 p.m. ESPN
Hawaii Bowl Fresno State vs. Rice Dec. 24 8 p.m. ESPN
Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl Illinois vs. La. Tech Dec. 26 1 p.m. ESPN
Quick Lane Bowl Rutgers vs. North Carolina Dec. 26 4:30 p.m. ESPN
St.Petersburg Bowl NC State vs. UCF Dec. 26 8 p.m. ESPN
Military Bowl Virginia Tech vs. Cincinnati Dec. 27 1 p.m. ESPN
Hyundai Sun Bowl Duke vs. Arizona State Dec. 27 2 p.m CBS
Independence Bowl Miami (FL) vs. South Carolina Dec. 27 3:30 p.m. ABC
Pinstripe Bowl Boston College vs. Penn State Dec. 27 4:30 p.m. ESPN
Holiday Bowl Nebraska vs. USC Dec. 27 8 p.m. ESPN
AutoZone Liberty Bowl West Viginia vs.Texas A&M Dec. 29 2 p.m. ESPN
Russell Athletic Bowl Clemson vs. Oklahoma Dec. 29 5:30 p.m. ESPN
AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl Texas vs. Arkansas Dec. 29 9 p.m. ESPN
Music City Bowl Notre Dame vs. LSU Dec. 30 3 p.m. ESPN
Belk Bowl Louisville vs. Georgia Dec. 30 6:30 p.m. ESPN
Foster Farms Bowl Maryland vs. Stanford Dec. 30 10 p.m. ESPN
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Mississippi vs. TCU Dec. 31 12:30 p.m. ESPN
VIZIO Fiesta Bowl Boise State vs. Arizona Dec. 31 4 p.m. ESPN
Orange Bowl Mississippi State vs. Georgia Tech Dec. 31 8 p.m. ESPN
Citrus Bowl Minnesota vs. Missouri Jan. 1 1 p.m. ABC
Outback Bowl Wisconsin vs. Auburn Jan. 1 12 p.m. ESPN2
Goodyear Cotton Bowl Michigan State vs. Baylor Jan. 1 12:30 p.m. ESPN
Rose Bowl Game Oregon vs. Florida State Jan. 1 5 p.m. ESPN
Sugar Bowl Alabama vs. Ohio State Jan. 1 8:30 p.m. ESPN
Armed Forces Bowl Pittsburgh vs. Houston Jan. 2 12 p.m. ESPN
TaxSlayer Bowl Iowa vs. Tennessee Jan. 2 3:20 p.m. ESPN
Valero Alamo Bowl Kansas State vs. UCLA Jan. 2 6:45 p.m ESPN
Cactus Bowl Oklahoma St. vs. Washington Jan. 2 10:15 p.m. ESPN
Birmingham Bowl Florida vs. East Carolina Jan. 3 1 p.m. ESPN2
GoDaddy Bowl Toledo vs. Arkansas State Jan. 4 9 p.m. ESPN
College Football Playoff National Championship TBD vs. TBD Jan. 12 8:30 p.m. ESPN
College Football Playoff Championship Predictions
One of the biggest parts of enjoying the 2014 college football season was the focus on which four teams would make the first-ever CFP. Many teams graced the Top Four over the course of the year, but the final rankings are now set.
It hasn’t come without debate, though, such as how the voting committee has handled the Florida State Seminoles, who have yet to lose a game but haven’t looked overly convincing in the process.
College Football Playoff Predictions
Bowl Predicted Matchup
Rose Bowl No. 2 Oregon Ducks vs. No. 3 Florida State Seminoles
Sugar Bowl No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes
Championship Game: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 2 Oregon Ducks
The Oregon Ducks, Seminoles and Ohio State Buckeyes all deserve to be in the playoff discussion, but the program with the best chance of walking away with the National Championship is the Alabama Crimson Tide.
With an offensive unit ranked 17th in the nation averaging 37.1 points per game (22nd overall in passing yards and 36th overall in rushing yards), Alabama is racking up big points this season instead of defeating teams with a steady rushing attack.
Alabama safety Nick Perry spoke to Alex Scarborough of ESPN.com about how dangerous this year’s Crimson Tide team has been.
“You know, usually Bama is … defense and run the ball, but now we can play a whole different type of game,” said Perry. “We can put up points or we can [shut down on] defense, and I think that’s scary for the opposing team.”
The offense deserves plenty of credit for the success of the Crimson Tide this season, but the team is still predicated on the elite play of the defense. Even after allowing 44 points in the Iron Bowl, Alabama is ranked fourth in the nation allowing 16.6 points per game.
Led by the championship experience of head coach Nick Saban, the Crimson Tide are the team best prepared for the playoff bracket.
The National Championship is Alabama’s to lose.
Here is a current listing of LSU Football’s 2015 Committments (as of December 2, 2014):
LSU ‘flipped’ Florida commit OT George Brown from Cinn, Ohio.
2015 LSU football commits (16) – Star Ratings by 24/7 Sports
- Maea Teuhema (5 Star) OL, 6-4, 340, Keller, Texas, (Keller)
- Kevin Toliver (5 Star) CB, 6-2, 185, Jacksonville, Fla. (Trinity Christian)
- Nick Brossette (4 Star) RB, 6-0, 205, Baton Rouge (University)
- Jazz Ferguson (4 Star) WR, 6-5, 205, Saint Francisville (West Feliciana)
- Derrius Guice (4 Star) RB, 6-0, 210, Baton Rouge (Catholic)
- Jeremy Cutrer (4 Star) S, 6-2, 170, Jewel Sumner, JUCO
- Xavier Lewis (4 Star) CB, 6’0″, 180, East St. John, LaPlace
- George Brown (3 Star) OT, 6’6″, 253, Cinn, Ohio
- Bry’Keithon Mouton (3 Star), TE, 6’2″, 230, Acadiana HS
- David Ducre (3 Star) FB, 6-0, 230, Mandeville (Lakeshore)
- 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
– Jack Gonsoulin (?Star) K, 6’1″, 185, Catholic High, Baton Rouge
LSU’S 2016 FOOTBALL COMMITMENTS:
LSU’s 2016 Class commitments as of December 2, 2014:
- Feleipe Franks (4 STAR) - QB, 6′ 5″, 205, Crawfordville, FL
- Dee Anderson (4 STAR) – WR, 6’4”, 176, Mesquite, Texas
- Stephen Sullivan (4 STAR) – WR, 6’6”, 215. Donaldsonville, LA ——————————————————————————————————-
LSU’s 2017 FOOTBALL COMMITMENTS:
BREAKING NEWS: It was announced on Bleacher Report on August 11, 2014 that LSU Commit Dylan Moses is the #1 ranked football athlete for the 2017 draft!
-Dylan Moses (5 STAR) - RB/S, 6’1″, 215, University High, Baton Rouge
* NEW CHANGES TO ETHANOL FREE GAS LIST *
We removed FIVE ethanol FREE location in Louisiana recently:
Sullivan’s Store, 11769 LA Hwy 155, Castor, Bienville Parish – Switched to E10.
Cash-N-Carry, 12590 River Road, Destrehan, St Charles Parish – Store Stopped selling gas!
Conn’s Store, 3119 LA Hwy 146, Chatham, Jackson Parish – Store Closed (Thanks to Woody for the info)
Jim’s Convenience Store, 2801 LA Hwy 306, Des Allemands, St. Charles Parish – Store CLOSED (Thanks to Mike for the info)
We added SIX new ethanol FREE location in Louisiana recently:
Red River South Marina, 250 Red River South Marina Rd, Bossier City, Bossier Parish (fuel by water ONLY)
Pell State Bulk Plant, 3410 Industrial Drive, Bossier City, Bossier Parish
Farmer Valley Co-op, 250 Rapides Dr, Natchitoches, Natchitoches Parish
Time Saver, 14851 Hwy 90, Paradis, St Charles Parish – sells BOTH E0 and E10
Race Trac, 2713 Paris Road, Chalmette, St Bernard Parish – the station sells BOTH E0 and E10 fuel.
Riverstop (Chevron Station), 31539 Hwy 22, Springfield, LA (Livingston Parish) – the station sells E0 and E10 both
NOTE: If 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!