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

   ALL ABOUT ETHANOL GASOLINE ISSUES AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!

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    *     *     *     BREAKING NEWS     *     *     *

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. 

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         *    *    *   MERRY CHRISTMAS   *    *    *  

ALWAYS REMEMBER THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!

ALWAYS REMEMBER THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!

WISHING A VERY SAFE, HEALTHY, JOYOUS AND BLESSED CHRISTMAS SEASON TO ALL OUR LOYAL READERS AND YOUR FAMILIES!  

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  *   *   *   *   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.

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*  *   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“.

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 *  *  *   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.

Tell Congress it’s time to take action on the Renewable Fuel Standard.

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  *  *  *   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:

UN DISARMAMENT PLAN FOR AMERICA

UN DISARMAMENT PLAN FOR AMERICA

 

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):

NRA:   http://home.nra.org/

NAGR:  http://www.nationalgunrights.org/ 

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HOW TO CONTACT LOUISIANA AND OTHER STATE’S U.S. SENATORS and REPRESENTATIVES

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: (to be changed soon)

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

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HOW TO CONTACT YOUR STATE U.S. SENATOR:

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

HOW TO CONTACT YOUR STATE U.S. REPRESENTATIVE:

http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

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 *    *    *   WEBSITE NEWS    *    *    *

 I have resumed my update of our website’s Louisiana ethanol free gas list.  As I indicted when I began this considerable effort, I will update the list on the website when I am completed.  This is a VERY time consuming effort, so bear with me.  

I finished Livingston Parish (going alphabetically), and am now working on Orleans Parish.  

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*   *   *  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.  

 

LSU Tigers vs Notre Dame Dec 30th - 2 pm CST on ESPN

LSU Tigers vs Notre Dame
Dec 30th – 2 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 articlewww.lsusports.net/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=5200&ATCLID=209799402

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        *    *    *    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.

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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

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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

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* 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

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”        

THE FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEM WITH THE ETHANOL MANDATE

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.

Tell Congress it’s time to take action on the Renewable Fuel Standard.

 

U.S. GAS STATION CONSTRAINTS COMPLICATE 2014 BIOFUEL MANDATE: OFFICIALS

U.S. GAS STATION CONSTRAINTS COMPLICATE 2014 BIOFUEL MANDATE: OFFICIALS

By Ayesha Rascoe – Reuters – Oct 14, 2014

(Reuters) - The Obama administration is trying to balance its support for renewable fuels with awareness of infrastructure constraints at gas stations as it finalizes targets for 2014 biofuel use, agency officials said on Tuesday.

But with only 11 weeks left in the year, the administration also needs to weigh oil refiners’ ability to comply with the long-delayed requirements, one official told the Reuters Global Climate Change Summit.

Refiners on Tuesday wrote to the White House, arguing against raising the proposed requirements for using ethanol and biodiesel in U.S. fuel supplies so close to year-end

Janet McCabe, head of the Environmental Protection Agency division that oversees the biofuel program, acknowledged that delays in setting the targets, formally called the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), should be taken into account.

“We need to be mindful of where we are in the year,” McCabe said at the summit, held at the Reuters office in Washington.

Read full article here http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/15/us-climatechange-summit-biofuels-idUSKCN0I401J20141015

E15 MANDATE IN CHICAGO WOULD HURT CONSUMERS AND SMALL BUSINESSES

E15 MANDATE IN CHICAGO WOULD HURT CONSUMERS AND SMALL BUSINESSES

By EIN News – Dec 8, 2014

CHICAGO – Mandating E15 is a bad idea for Chicago’s drivers and station owners, Illinois Petroleum Council (IPC) Executive Director Jim Watson said after the finance committee passed the measure Monday. He urged the City Council to reject the misguided policy.

“A mandate forcing Chicago gas stations to sell E15 gasoline could come with a heavy price for consumers and small business owners,” Watson said. “Consumers who use E15 could end up with broken down cars and high repair bills. And since E15 doesn’t qualify for the 20 percent state sales tax exemption and contains less energy than regular gasoline, filling up with E15 could be more expensive while lowering gas mileage.”

While E10 – gasoline with 10 percent ethanol – is in widespread use, extensive testing shows that 15 percent ethanol (E15) can cause engine and fuel system damage, according to Coordinating Research Council’s (CRC) testing (here and here).  AAA says 95 percent of vehicles on the road today were not designed to use E15 gasoline, and auto manufacturers have said they will not honor warranties when E15 causes damage.

“Complying with the mandate could cost Chicago gas station owners upwards of $100,000 to install new storage tanks and other equipment,” Watson said. “That’s a huge burden for a sector in which 94 percent of service stations are independently owned and operated. This is bad government at the expense of Chicago drivers and small businesses.”

Groups representing motorcyclists, boat manufacturers and power equipment like lawnmowers and chainsaws warn their products are also not compatible with E15, according to Watson.

The IPC represents all sectors of Illinois’ oil and natural gas industry, supporting more than 263,000 jobs and $33 billion of the state’s economy as a result of operations involving pipeline construction, oil refining, marketing of transportation fuels and research in the New Albany Shale formation.

The IPC is a division of API, which represents all segments of America’s oil and natural gas industry. API’s more than 625 members produce, process, and distribute most of the nation’s energy. The industry also supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy.

REFINERS TO OBAMA: KEEP RENEWAL FUEL QUOTAS DOWN

REFINERS TO OBAMA: KEEP RENEWAL FUEL QUOTAS DOWN

By Jennifer Dlouhy – Fuel Fix – Oct 14, 2014

WASHINGTON — Refiners on Tuesday implored President Barack Obama to hold firm on plans to scale back renewable fuel quotas for 2014, warning that if the administration gives in to Corn Belt demands for higher mandates, it could cause gasoline prices to spike.

“Now is not the time to backtrack on a proposal to avoid economic disruption,” 31 refining executives said in a letter to Obama.  “Technological and market limitations exist, and consumers — not the federal government — should determine what goes in their cars.”

Spearheaded by the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers group, the letter’s signers included Valero Energy Corp. CEO Joseph Gorder and Tesoro Corp. CEO Gregory Goff. Under a 2008 law, all of them are required to blend renewable fuels — primarily ethanol made from corn and other materials — into gasoline.

The Environmental Protection Agency last year proposed slashing the amount of renewable fuel required for 2014 to 15.2 billion gallons, some 3 billion gallons below the amount prescribed in federal statutes. Under the EPA proposal, up to 13.01 billion gallons of the required renewable fuel could come from traditional corn-based ethanol with 2.2 billion gallons of advanced biofuels.

But Obama administration officials have hinted that they could boost the final targets, justified in part because gasoline consumption has also risen since the proposal was first unveiled last year. One floated plan would raise the quota for ethanol, or conventional renewable fuel, to 13.6 billion gallons. The EPA also could boost the overall target and hike the individual quotas for other categories, including cellulosic biofuels.

Both refiners and biofuel producers have been lobbying the Office of Management and Budget, which is now reviewing the EPA’s final plan.

Renewable fuel supporters, including political leaders from corn-growing states, say the government should push the mandates higher, which would help lift low prices for the grain. They argue that the EPA should not chip away at a renewable fuels law Congress imposed to help the United States diversify its transportation fuels.

Oil industry leaders, meanwhile, say the EPA’s initial proposal still puts refiners uncomfortably close to a “blend wall,” a point where they would be forced to mix a higher proportion of ethanol into fuel than the 10 percent approved for use in all cars and trucks. Some car manufacturers say warranties are voided if a higher blend, such as E-15, is used in their vehicles.

In their Tuesday letter, the refining executives stressed that the final quotas should give them enough room to keep producing ethanol-free gasoline for boaters, motorcyclists and old car enthusiasts who demand the product.

“Renewable fuels already have a place in the fuel supply,” they said. “The federal government should not force consumers to use certain fuels — and particularly those that cannot be safely integrated into existing vehicles, small engines and retail infrastructure.”

The refiners also said they were worried about the cost to comply with the 2014 mandates, which are already 10 months late.

“If EPA raises the volume requirements, the supply chain is unable to retroactively generate additional compliance credits for the first nine months of 2014,” they said. If the EPA boosts its earlier proposed quotas, it “could send a signal to the market that EPA is willing to push the fuel supply past the blend wall, which could adversely impact consumers in the form of higher costs.”

SOME DRIVERS SKEPTICAL ABOUT ETHANOL-FREE GAS

SOME DRIVERS SKEPTICAL ABOUT ETHANOL-FREE GAS

By Jim Strickland – WSB-TV Atlanta – Dec 8, 2014

VIDEO: Ethanol Free Gas Video

VIDEO LINK: http://www.wsbtv.com/videos/news/ethanol-free-gasoline-offered-in-local-gas/vC5f3K/

ATLANTA — Channel 2 consumer investigator Jim Strickland found four locations where a major convenience store chain has ethanol-free gas but few takers.

The fuel is ethanol-free, devoid of the alcohol additive that lowers the price but in some cases can raise engine problems. Boats and yard equipment are especially vulnerable, as ethanol’s ability to attract moisture can foul engine components.

Racetrac says customers requested an ethanol-free alternative.

“I rushed over here. I will be coming here every morning to fill up our equipment. It will save us money,” said Pam Shook, owner of Pamscapes, a landscaping company.

“It costs us anywhere from $70 to $100 just to get the carburetors fixed from the other gas,” she said after paying for repairs on several weed trimmers and leaf blowers.

It happened to Dan Scarborough’s lawnmower.

“I found out that the culprit is the ethanol in this gas. And if it’s going to do that to my lawn mower, it can’t be very good for my car either,” he said as he pumped E-Free into his Honda.

Scarborough was unsure whether he would continue to buy the fuel for his car, as it carries a price 60 cents per gallon higher than E-10 regular.

“I think they’ve really got to do something to keep the price down,” he said.

“It’s selling pretty well,” said Racetrac chief supply officer Max McBrayer.

“It’s not going to replace 87 octane gas in the near future, but the people who need this fuel based on the engines they’re running are buying it,” McBrayer said.

 

THE EASY BUTTON – SPECKLED TROUT STACK UP IN GEOGHEGAN CANAL IN DECEMBER

THE EASY BUTTON – SPECKLED TROUT STACK UP IN GEOGHEGAN CANAL IN DECEMBER

By Chris Ginn – Louisiana Sportsman – Dec 1, 2014

 You can find trout in a lot of places in the Louisiana marsh, but these anglers know a spot that doesn’t even require cranking the main motor. Learn how they mine Geoghegan Canal to load the boat.

I started carrying cash because of the emotional connection I have to break to give it to somebody else.

Debit card? There is no such bond.

Swipe, swipe here. Push a couple buttons. Swipe, swipe there.

The next thing you know, it’s swipe, swipe — decline!

But until then, boy, can you live high on the hog.

I also have an emotional connection to outboard motors, and I have to break that emotional connection to my gas tank and wallet every time I turn the key.

Trolling motors are the fishing version of a debit card.

Swipe it up and into the water. Push a couple buttons. Off you go.

Batteries being a finite power source, you will eventually be declined, but until then — boy, you can live high on the hog.

Especially if you set your sights on Geoghegan Canal — saltwater fishing’s version of the easy button.

Read full article here:  www.louisianasportsman.com/details.php?id=5924

LSU RB LEONARD FOURNETTE, TWO MORE ON ALL-SEC FRESHMAN TEAM

LSU RB LEONARD FOURNETTE, TWO MORE ON ALL-SEC FRESHMAN TEAM

By Ross Dellenger – The Advocate.com – Dec 11, 2014

LSU RB Leonard Fournette had a career-high 146 yards against Texas A&M

LSU RB Leonard Fournette had a career-high 146 yards against Texas A&M

Running back Leonard Fournette, receiver Malachi Dupre and safety Jamal Adams landed on the Coaches All-SEC Freshmen Team, the league announced Thursday.

Fournette, the former No. 1-ranked recruit in the nation, led LSU in rushing with 891 yards and eight touchdowns. The New Orleans native had multiple highlight reel plays this season, including a 22-yard touchdown run in which he ran over Texas A&M safety Howard Matthews in the Tigers’ 23-17 win in the regular season finale.

Read full article here: http://theadvocate.com/sports/lsu/11069876-123/lsu-rb-leonard-fournette-two

WILL ALDERMEN REVIVE THIS ETHANOL RUSE?

WILL ALDERMEN REVIVE THIS ETHANOL RUSE?

By Editorial Board – Chicago Tribune – Dec 6, 2014

A lobbyist’s dream: E15 ethanol mandate

Last summer the Chicago City Council briefly considered an ordinance that would require gas stations in the city to sell a blend of fuel called E15, which has the potential to damage your car engine.

An E15 mandate is a patently bad idea. Changing pumps to sell a fuel blend of 15 percent ethanol — what you buy now has 10 percent — would be a big expense for gas stations. And E15 isn’t safe for use in many older engines, from cars to trucks to boats to lawn mowers.

The idea seemed to die last summer. You might think the aldermen decided to put their constituents before the ethanol industry lobbyists who are pushing this fuel mandate. If you did, chalk that up to a triumph of hope over experience. This is, after all, the Chicago City Council.

Read full article here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/ct-ethanol-e15-chicago-edit-1208-20141205-story.html?dssReturn&z=70068