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BREAKING:  Now another commit, 4 STAR Jacoby Stevens for the class of 2017 has decommited from the Tigers.  Both he adn QB Feleipe Franks indicate the uncertainity of Coach Les Miles position led them to decommit.  

My biggest fear with the Tigers losing 3 consecutive games, and news swirling about the possibility of Coach Les Miles being fired, was that recruiting would be hurt!  Today, the ONLY quarterback commit for the 2016 class, Feleipe Franks, one of the Nations top ‘Pro Style’ quarterback from Florida ‘DECOMMMITED‘ from LSU.  It is believed he will now commit to Florida.  And, I would believe this may not be the only one to decommit.  With this loss, the Tigers 2016 draft class fell to #2 behind Ohio State.

A BRIEF update on the Louisiana USDA grant to sell higher grades of ethanol gasoline in Louisiana.  The retailer who will be using the grant is Racetrac.  They plan to install 110 pumps at 11 stations with associated ethanol tankage in Louisiana.  I spoke with a representative from Racetrac at their corporate Petroleum office in Atlanta today; however, the person I spoke with did not have a lot of details, except that they will install the blend pumps at several new stations under construction and some older stations they will retrofit.  She didn’t have information on timing when they will be ready to start selling the E15 and E85 or where the stations will be located.   ALSO, I e-mailed the Mississippi fuels director several days ago to inquire if she had approved any ethanol blends than E10 in Mississippi (unlike Louisiana, any blends for ethanol gasoline in Mississippi must apply and be approved by their fuels division).  She told me that they have at least ONE E85 Racetrac station in Batesville, MS (105 Stone Drive).  I spoke with the station Friday evening and was told they have 20 pumps which can sell E85.  He told me the current price is $1.55/gallon.  Since E85 will result in a 30-40% mileage loss, the price of this E85 should really be about $0.75/gallon or less!  AND, for Mississippi consumers, REMEMBER that ONLY ‘FLEX FUEL’ vehicles can safely operate on E85.  If used in ANY NON-FLEX vehicle or motorcycle or off road engine, it will DESTROY the engine and manufacturers will VOID the warranty. 

ALSO: Today (11/23) I added the EPA’s E20 – E85 pump label which must be installed on ALL pumps which dispense ethanol blends from E20 to E85 on the website’s ‘Ethanol Facts’ page.  If you haven’t read our website’s “Ethanol Facts” page recently, I encourage you to read it as I’ve added some NEW information that I think you will find both informative and interesting.  If there is any additional information about ethanol fuels which you feel I have NOT included in this facts page, please e-mail me with your suggestion (see my e-mail address above).

 ALSO: Gun owners and 2nd Amendment advocates, please VIEW two new videos I posted today (10/22) just above the ‘Dangers of Ethanol’ video group.  One is titled “The Truth about Gun Crime in America – Number One With a Bullet” which is an EXCELLENT video on while the U.S. has the MOST guns per capita in the World, the gun crime rate is among the lowest in the World.  This will drive the ultra liberal gun control crowd CRAZY!  The 2nd video is titled “Bill Whittle’s Solution to Gun Control” and is also VERY informative and very common sense.  


IMPORTANT: Please see the details of an article I posted today (9/3/2015) concerning a VERY IMPORTANT issue regarding Obama’s attempt to FORCE the UN to TAKE AWAY our GUNS!  It is EXTREMELY URGENT that all gun owners and 2nd Amendment advocates respond to this important issue before it is TOO LATE.  See the details in the ‘Gun Control in America’ section below.

ALSO: Notice on the right hand side of this page that I posted a notice that I am putting the website up for sale.  Any interested parties, please contact me at the e-mail address listed in the notice.



Although LSU website indicates the Tigers have 19 commitments for 2016, Coach Miles indicates that the total is actually 21, as there are 3 ‘silent commits’ who do not yet want their names announced yet?   Here’s the link to’s ranking of 2016 recruiting by colleges:



    *   *  SPORTS ARTICLE SUMMARY   *   *      


Today (11/25) I posted an article from sports writer from Times Picayune Jim Kleinpeter titled “LSU PLAYERS STANDING BEHIND COACH LES MILES”.  

Read the article in the LSU section below.


   *  *  *   TODAY’S FEATURE ARTICLE   *  *  *

Today I posted an ethanol article from The Modesto Bee titled “Karen Kerrigan: The Broken Promises, Politics of Corn Ethanol“.  The author discussed how the ethanol industry has damaged California and costed the State $13 Billion in higher fuel costs since 2005.  In addition, according to the article, “In effect, the Renewable Fuel Standard is imposing a $42 billion “ethanol tax” on California consumers, with the vast majority of the proceeds going to out-of-state ethanol producers“. More and more States are finally beginning to understand how the ethanol RFS is costing States big time, and the only businesses who benefit are the corn farmers and ethanol plants in the midwest.  Everyone else loses………

 NOTE:  The full “Today’s Feature Article” is always located below the LSU Sports section on this page.  Just scroll down the page to find it.  




See how to contact your States U.S. Representative and Senator on the website’s “How to Contact U.S. Congressmen” above on the page bar at the top of this page.


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Today (9/3/2015) I posted a new gun control  article on the “Gun Control in America” website page titled “Urgent: Obama’s Top Secret ‘Fast Track’ Bill Authorizes Total Gun Control….Read More Here“.  Obama and his surrogate Secretary of State John Kerry attended a UN meeting in Mexico a few weeks ago.  The intent of the meeting was to finalize details of the U.N. Small Arms Treaty which Kerry signed for the President two years ago.  I recently posted in this location the details of the Treaty whose TOTAL intent is to STRIP AWAY private ownership of guns in America!  Obama CANNOT BE TRUSTED and he is desperately trying to find a way to bypass the U.S. Congress on gun control, knowing they will NEVER approve of this Treaty.  Please read the article on the website’s ‘Gun Control in America‘ page (see the link on the article tool bar on top of this page).  After you read the article, I URGE you to join either the NRA of NAGR advocates for gun owners TODAY.  They need our involvement and financial support to fight this issue for us.  


I’ll ONLY post here when I add a new article to the “Gun Control in America” page. 

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.  Dues for the NRA are only $25/year and $35/year for the NAGR.

Here’s how (the NRA is the most powerful and influential):




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


  *   *   *   FOOTBALL SEASON IS HERE   *   *   *

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‘Death Valley’

  Link to the LSU Tigers 2015 Football Schedule:  

The Tigers now have the LONGEST win streak in the Country against non-conference team – 52 and counting!

Link to Tiger Schedule:

REMEMBER  The LSU vs Texas A&M game on Nov 28th will kick off at 6:30 pm in Death Valley and will be televised on the SEC Network.

NOTE:  To find your cable or satellite carrier’s SECN ‘Alternate’ channel, click on this link:


    SEC FOOTBALL POLLS (Top 25) – Nov 22nd

                                AP POLL                             COACHES POLL

Alabama -                 #2                                               #2 

Florida -                    #10                                             #9

Ole Miss -                 #19                                            #19

Miss State                #23                                             #22

LSU has DROPPED OUT of the TOP 25!

AP Poll:   #1 Clemson, #3 Iowa, #4 Notre Dame

Coaches Poll:  #1 Clemson, #3 Iowa, #4 Notre Dame

Link to both AP and Coaches football polls from ESPN:




  DATE             TEAMS                LOCATION    TIME(CT)      TV/RADIO

Sat (9/5)    LSU vs McNesse State –               (weather)      CANCELLED 

Sat (9/12)  LSU – 21  * *   Mississippi State – 19                         WIN 

Sat (9/19)  LSU – 45  * *  Auburn – 21                                          WIN                 

Sat (9/26)  LSU – 34  * *  Syracuse 24                                          WIN      

Sat (10/3)  LSU – 44  * * East Michigan 22                                    WIN         

Sat (10/10) LSU – 45  * *  South Carolina – 24                              WIN

Sat (10/17) LSU – 35 * *  Florida – 28                                            WIN        

Sat (10/24) LSU – 48 * *  West Kentucky – 20                               WIN     

Sat (10/31)    BYE WEEK

Sat (11/7)  LSU – 16 * * Alabama – 30                                         LOSS         

Sat (11/14)  LSU – 17 * * Arkansas – 31                             ANOTHER LOSS

Sat (11/21)  LSU – 17 * * Ole Miss – 38                          AND ANOTHER LOSS 

Sat (11/28)  LSU vs Texas A&M           Home        6:30 pm     SEC Network 

SEC Championship Game (12/5)   Atlanta    3:00 pm CST    CBS/98.1 FM 


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Here is an article by Times Picayune sports writer Jim Kleinpeter who says the LSU football players are standing behind Coach Les Miles…….an interesting perspective from the players.



By Jim Kleinpeter – Times Picayune – Nov 24, 2015

LSU coach Les Miles didn’t clear up his future status with his players when he met with them Monday afternoon.

Players said Monday night it was business as usual. The message was concentrate on Texas A&M and finish the season strong with eight victories. But every player came out in support of their embattled coach, who is likely to be ousted after the Tigers play the Aggies.

Most of the responses were the same but wide receiver Malachi Dupre said something different and interesting when asked if he felt the players needed to defend their coaches.

“I don’t feel like we have to stand up and defend the coach,” Dupre said. “The best, and easiest, way to defend the coach is with our play, eliminate the mistakes, in this last game and the week before that.

“Our performance on the field is what will determine people’s opinions on him and as players we have to do a better job,” he said.”

Read full article here:



The Tiger’s 2016 class with 18 commitments is now ranked 2nd in the Nation by BOTH 247 Sports and Rivals!

NOTE:  The Tigers ONLY quarterback commit for 2016, Feleipe Frank, decommited from the Tigers on Monday, Nov 23,2015. 

 LSU’s 2016 Class commitments as of August 4, 2015 (19 total):

- Saivion Smith (5 STAR) – CB, 6’1”, 175,  Bradenton, FL

- Edwin Alexander (5 STAR) – DT, 6;2”, 310, St. Thomas Aquinas, NO

- Michael Divinity (4 STAR) – OLB, 6’2″, 225, John Ehret, NO

- Eric Monroe (5 STAR) – S, 6’0”, 180,  North Shore, Houston, TX

- Erick Fowler (4 STAR) – LB, 6’1”, 232,  Manor, TX

- Andre Anthony (4 STAR) – DE, 6’3”, 225,  Edna Karr, NO

- Clifford Chattman (4 STAR) – LB, 6’5”, 190,  McDonough, NO

- Jamal Pettigrew (4 STAR) – TE, 6’5″, 225,  St Augustine, NO

- Cam Lewis (4 STAR) – S, 6’2”, 190, Wossman, LA

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

- Andraez Williams (4 STAR) – CB, 6’2”, 166, Calvary Baptist, LA

- Glen Logan (4 STAR) – DT, 6’4”, 300, Destrehan, LA

Connor Culp (3 STAR) – K, 5’10”, 180, Phoenix, Arizona

- Da’Monte Coxie (3 STAR) – WR, 6’3″, 180, East St John, LA

- Rahssan Thorton (3 STAR) – LB, 6’3”, 215, Killeen, TX

- Donavaughn Campbell (3 STAR) – OL, 6’6″, 340, Ponchatoula, LA 

- Caleb Roddy (3 STAR) – DE, 6’5”, 241, Denham Springs, LA

- Jakary Savage (3 STAR) – OL, 6’6”, 300, Bay Minette, AL



 The Chase for the Recruiting Champion powered by 247Sports Composite
Team Total 5 4 3   Avg
1 Ohio StateOhio State 18 2 13 4 92.20 275.83
2 LSULSU 19 2 11 6 91.57 273.55
3 Florida StateFlorida State 18 1 11 5 90.79 259.21
4 AlabamaAlabama 17 1 8 8 89.94 245.80
Ole MissOle Miss 19 1 7 11 89.64 242.98
6 Penn StatePenn State 18 0 9 9 89.41 240.40
MichiganMichigan 22 0 9 13 87.44 234.66
GeorgiaGeorgia 15 2 4 9 90.51 233.32
USCUSC 15 1 10 4 90.61 232.77
MiamiMiami 21 0 9 12 87.89 231.90

NOTES:  The ‘Total‘ column indicates the number of commitments.  The 5, 4, 3 columns represent 5 Star, 4 Star and 3 Star ratings for commits. 



 We removed THREE ethanol FREE location in Louisiana recently:

Good Hope Handy Mart, 1800 Arkansas Rd, West Monroe (Ouachita Parish) – store closed.  Thanks to Mr Wainwright for the info)

Dalton’s Grocery, 12198 LA Hwy 165S, Glenmora, LA (Rapides Parish) – caught selling ethanol gas WITHOUT pump labels. Thanks to Mr. Miller for the info.

United Food Store, 3500 Airline Hwy, Metairie, LA – store closed and for sale.
Thanks for Mr. Williams for letting me know.

We added SEVEN new ethanol FREE location in Louisiana recently:

Now Save Convenience, 101 New Natchitoches Rd, West Monroe (Ouachita Parish) – 318-387-4140 – Thanks to Mr. Wainwright for the info!

Super Save Convenience, 4509 Cypress St, West Monroe (Quachita Parish) – 318-396-2532 – Thanks to Mr. Wainwright for the info!

Tensas One Stop, 1106 Plank Road, Saint Joseph, LA (Tensas Parish) – 318-766-4325.  Thanks to Mr. Roberts for the info!

MandeBay Car Wash & Gas Station, 2595 Florida St, Mandeville (St Tammany Parish) – 985-778-0820. Thanks to Mr. McCormick for the info!

Steven Dupuis Oil Bulk Plant, 114 Cason Road, Broussard, Lafayette Parish, 337-445-3188 – Thanks to Mr. Dupuis for letting me know!

Lee’s Hardware, 3525 N. University Ave, Lafayette, Lafayette Parish, 337-896-4186 – Thanks for Mr. Guilbeau for letting me know. 

James Truck Center, 221 Taylor Road, DeRidder, Beauregard Parish, 337-462-8884 – Thanks to the Store owner for letting me know.

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!  




By Karen Kerregan – The Modesto Bee –Nov 21, 2015

Public trust in the federal government has reached an all-time low. In fact, Gallup recently reported that trust in the government is lower than during the Watergate era. Clearly, there is a huge disconnect between national politics and politicians and the real-world views of Americans and the policies that impact their lives.

The federal corn ethanol mandate, also known as the Renewable Fuel Standard, is one example of how national politics play into an issue that makes absolutely no sense in people’s lives. Since 2005, the standard has forced billions of gallons of ethanol to be produced and mixed into gasoline, enriching corn-growing states and corporations in the Midwest at the expense of consumers, small businesses and farmers across America.

Ethanol contains one-third less energy than gasoline, which mean motorists are forced to buy more fuel than they did before to travel the same distance.

That means the program has imposed $13.1 billion in higher fuel costs on Golden State consumers since 2005. It gets worse, with an additional $28.8 billion to come over the next 10 years, according to a new report from the Center for Regulatory Solutions, a project of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, where I serve as president and CEO.

In effect, the Renewable Fuel Standard is imposing a $42 billion “ethanol tax” on California consumers, with the vast majority of the proceeds going to out-of-state ethanol producers.

The ripple effects of this huge wealth transfer include $31.6 billion in lost GDP growth in California by 2024, more than 17,000 lost jobs per year, and hundreds of millions of dollars in higher costs for dairy and poultry farmers, because rising demand for corn ethanol has increased the cost of corn-based animal feed. And instead of cutting emissions – as program supporters have promised – California’s consumption of corn ethanol has actually generated an extra 6.3 million metric tons of carbon dioxide – equivalent, roughly to putting 1.3 million cars on the road for one year.

But the Renewable Fuel Standard hangs on because of the corn ethanol lobby’s power in Congress and because Iowa – a corn-growing state – plays a key role in presidential politics. For example, the ethanol lobby counts six Republicans and all three Democrats running for president as strong supporters of the program. Even billionaire environmental activists like Tom Steyer have learned to toe the pro-ethanol line.

Not too long ago, Steyer used to mock former Vice President Al Gore for once supporting corn ethanol. But now that Steyer is a national political player, his campaign arm, NextGen Climate, calls the Renewable Fuel Standard “an important program” that produces “clean energy.”

Steyer’s flip-flop is working against years of California leadership in the ethanol debate and the reforms that are sorely needed.

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein is leading the charge to fix “unwise and unworkable” corn ethanol policies, along with other California lawmakers, including U.S. Reps. David Valadao and Jim Costa. In 2013, Democrats and Republicans in Sacramento united behind a joint resolution urging Congress to overhaul the Renewable Fuel Standard and “transition away from biofuel sources that compete with food production.”

The case against the corn ethanol mandate is so strong that environmental organizations like San Francisco-based Sierra Club and limited-government groups like Americans for Tax Reform agree the program is broken.

It’s time for national political players to stand up to the corn ethanol lobby and demand major Renewable Fuel Standard reforms. Californians have suffered enough already from this misguided and failed federal program.

Karen Kerrigan is president & CEO of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council.




By Rod Dingman/Margaret Podlic – – Nov 22, 2015

Guest columnist Rob Dingman is the President and CEO of the American Motorcyclist Association, America’s largest motorcycling organization and Margaret Podlich is the President of the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the nation’s largest recreational boat owner advocacy, service and safety group.

The coming of cooler weather means an end to the boating and motorcycling season for many. As most of us prepare to store our boats or motorcycles for the grueling winter, it’s critically important that we do so properly, or face thousands of dollars in engine repairs come springtime. 

Chiefly important in preparing for winter is managing the potential for engine damage from the federally-mandated ethanol blend in our nation’s gasoline supply.

Ethanol in gasoline can damage marine and motorcycle engines. Specifically, ethanol blended gasoline such as E10 (10 percent ethanol by volume) or higher, combined with moisture and a long storage period, can lead to “phase separation” of the fuel which leaves a corrosive water-soaked ethanol mixture at the bottom of the gas tank.

Without preventive maintenance, this mixture can cause significant damage. In fact, half of the respondents of a recent Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatU.S.) survey reported that they have had to replace or repair their boat engine or fuel system parts due to suspected ethanol-related damage, costing an average $1,000 for repairs. 

To prevent ethanol problems over the winter, boats with built-in gas tanks should have fuel stabilizer added and the tank left nearly full to minimize the volume of moist air that can be drawn in through the tank’s external vent. It’s the inevitable daily temperature fluctuations that can draw in this humidity and lead to phase separation. E10 fuel remaining in small portable gas tanks (and not pre-mixed with 2-stroke engine oil) should be poured into your car’s gas tank and used quickly.

For motorcycles, store them with a full tank and fuel stabilizer, as described above, or drain the tank and fuel system completely to remove all traces of the fuel because ethanol can cause damage if it’s left to sit in the tank throughout the winter.

So how did ethanol get into our gas? Signed into law in 2005 and expanded in 2007, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requires an increasing amount of biofuels such as corn ethanol to be blended into the gasoline supply. Enacted with the best of intentions, the RFS – and specifically the ethanol mandate – has failed to achieve promised consumer and environmental benefits.

In addition to winter storage and engine repair concerns, ethanol-blended fuel is actually worse for our air and water. According to research from the University of Tennessee, ethanol’s “clean alternative” record is “highly questionable,” as corn ethanol specifically has been shown to increase greenhouse gas emissions.

Motorcyclists and boaters know that pure gasoline – or E0 – is the best fuel choice for their engines. According to a Boat U.S. survey, an overwhelming majority (91 percent) prefer non-ethanol fuel for their boats – but only about half found it available. And further, an AMA-commissioned poll found that 78 percent of all voters – not just motorcycle owners – have “very serious concerns about E15 use” and 70 percent oppose increasing the amounts of ethanol blended into gasoline.

But the Environmental Protection Agency ignores the public’s concerns and continues to increase the amount of ethanol required to be blended in our nation’s gas. With a recent $100 million USDA grant made available to subsidize the installation of blender pumps at gas stations throughout the country, access to ethanol-free gas may soon be more difficult, leading to even more cases of inadvertent misfueling and engine damage.

As we enter the winter season, boaters and motorcyclists will take the proper steps to protect their equipment. The question remains, will Congress protect consumers and our environment by eliminating the ethanol mandate?

Readers are invited to submit Opinion page essays on topics of regional or general interest. Send your 500-word essay for consideration to Linda Kinsey at Essays must also include a brief bio and headshot of the writer. Essays rebutting today’s topics are also welcome.



By Kyle Feldscher – Washington Examiner – Nov 20, 2015

Cleaner air for Iowa gas pump pic

The Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t expect next year’s increase of ethanol put into gasoline to have any environmental benefit, but it could end up costing as much as $600 million per year.

The EPA estimates the Renewable Fuel Standard, or the amount of biofuel required to be added to the nation’s gasoline supply, to have zero dollars in benefits, according to the agency’s Fall 2015 Statement of Regulatory Priorities. However, the new rule, set to be announced by Nov. 30, could cost between $118 million and $595 million, according to the document.

The EPA is set to announce that 17.4 billion gallons of biofuel must be added to the nation’s gasoline in 2016. That amount is expected to break the “blend wall,” or the amount of biofuel that car engines can handle without suffering any damage.

The Energy Information Administration, the independent analysis arm of the Department of Energy, believes reduced gasoline demand will push the percentage of biofuels in gasoline past 10 percent, which automakers say most models cannot handle.

The EPA requires a certain amount of biofuel to be added to the nation’s gasoline supply, rather than having it make up a certain percentage.

The agency also will retroactively set the limits for 2014 and 2015 in its announcement. Both of those years will be below the amount initially designated by Congress, to accurately reflect the amount of biofuels used.

The retroactive amount for 2014 would be 15.93 billion gallons of biofuel, which was the actual amount used. The standard for 2015 would be 16.3 billion gallons.

Link to this article:



By Todd Masson – Times Picayune – Nov 6, 2015


Hunters in Southeast Louisiana shouldn't expect to see many gadwall when the duck season opens Saturday. (Photo by Todd Masson, | The Times-Picayune) (Todd Masson)

Hunters in Southeast Louisiana shouldn’t expect to see many gadwall when the duck season opens Saturday. (Photo by Todd Masson, | The Times-Picayune) (Todd Masson)

Southeast Louisiana’s duck hunters aren’t going to be surprised or happy to hear this, but on the eve of Saturday’s season opener, there’s not a whole lot of ducks in the state.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries released its monthly waterfowl count estimates Friday, and they show duck numbers to be down considerably compared to the week before the 2014 season opener.

On Monday through Wednesday, when the survey flights were flown, the coastal zone held only 1.21 million ducks, which is 61 percent lower than last year’s November count of 3.13 million ducks. This year’s count represents the fourth-lowest November estimate since the aerial survey began in 1969.

Read full article here:



By NOAA – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – May 5, 2015

Ethanol Refinery pic

Refining ethanol may release more of some pollutants than burning it in vehicles

After quantifying the airborne emissions from the nation’s third largest ethanol refinery, a team led by NOAA and University of Colorado–Boulder researchers has found that for some gases, refining ethanol releases more to the atmosphere than previously thought—and in some cases more than is ultimately released by burning the fuel in vehicles. The emissions can contribute to the formation of ozone, a regulated pollutant that can affect human health.

Results are published online in the Journal of Geophysical Research.

For the new study, researchers made measurements in the summer of 2013 downwind of a large refinery in Decatur, Illinois, using a NOAA WP-3D research aircraft loaded with instruments to measure airborne emissions. Though the amounts found for some gases were in line with estimates in national emissions inventories (e.g., sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides), others were higher. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were five times higher than inventories estimated, and emissions of ethanol itself were about 30 times higher. Nitrogen oxides and VOCs react in the atmosphere in the presence of sunlight to form the pollutant ozone.

Over the past decade, the use of fuel ethanol produced from corn has grown and ethanol is now 10 percent of the volume of gasoline used in the United States. More than 200 ethanol refineries dot the U.S. landscape, mostly in the corn-producing states of the Midwest. The new study is one of the first and most detailed studies of emissions generated by ethanol fuel refining.

“Information about the refining process is one part of the entire cycle of production and use of ethanol as a fuel,” said the study’s lead author, Joost de Gouw, a scientist with the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at CU-Boulder and the Chemical Sciences Division of NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory.  De Gouw led the 2013 field campaign called the Southeast Nexus that gathered the data.

Some of the largest ethanol refineries in the country, including the Decatur plant studied by the researchers, use coal as the energy source to convert corn into ethanol. Other studies have found that using coal rather than natural gas tends to boost the emissions of nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide coming from the refining process.

But are the emissions from refineries significant in the scheme of things?

The new study answers that question by comparing refinery emissions (which are released in mostly corn-producing areas of the Midwest) to what comes out of the tailpipes of vehicles when the ethanol is burned (released predominantly in large metropolitan areas across the nation). To make a broad comparison, the authors used the numbers in the national emissions inventories, which rely on manufacturing information. Inventory numbers suggest that refining a pound of ethanol emits similar amounts of nitrogen oxides and VOCs, but more sulfur dioxide, compared with burning the pound of ethanol in cars and trucks.

However, if the atmospheric measurements gathered by the researchers for the Decatur refinery can be generalized to other refineries, the inventory numbers are too low for some gases, especially ethanol itself and VOCs in general.

“If the Decatur refinery is like most other refineries in the country, our measurements suggest that the ethanol refining process puts more VOCs into the air than burning the ethanol fuel in your car,” said de Gouw.

The new study indicates that the refining process should be on the ledger sheet when accounting for the atmospheric effects of ethanol production and use.

“Over the past decade, because of the renewable fuel mandate, we have added 10 percent of ethanol to all the gasoline that is sold in the U.S. and so the question is what does that do to the environment,” de Gouw said.  “That is a very complicated question. It has many different aspects, but one of the aspects is the air quality implications and to get at them, we have to know what are the emissions associated with producing ethanol and using ethanol, and that is where this study fits in.”

The new study is published online in the Journal of Geophysical Research in preprint form, and will appear in final form in a few weeks.  Coauthors of the study are from NASA, Harvard University, University of Wisconsin, University of Maryland Baltimore County, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology-Zürich.

Please go online to read the joint press release from the American Geophysical Union and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado.

To read the research paper, please go online to the Journal of Geophysical Research.



By Marita Noon – Breitbart News – Nov 16, 2015

American ethanol hub cap

Early in his campaign, now top-tier Republican presidential candidate, Ben Carson, supported ethanol—a position for which I called him out. It has long been thought, that to win in Iowa, a candidate must support ethanol.

However, in a major policy reversal, Carson told a national audience during the CNBC GOP debate that he no longer supports subsidies for any industry, including U.S. ethanol producers: “I have studied that issue in great detail and what I’ve concluded, the best policy is to get rid of all government subsidies and get the government out of our lives and let people rise and fall based on how good they are.”

The ethanol industry shot back immediately, saying it receives no government subsidies. But it neglected to mention a very important fact. Instead of subsidies, ethanol producers get something better: a mandate that orders refiners to blend ethanol into motor fuels which forces consumers to buy their product. A federally guaranteed market beats a subsidy every time.

The ethanol industry also benefits indirectly from agriculture programs that support farmers who grow corn for ethanol. And recently, the Obama Administration announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering $100 million in grants to subsidize the installation of blender pumps at gas stations all over the country.

In attempt to push more ethanol into the motor fuel market, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) readily admits it plans to “drive growth in renewable fuels by providing appropriate incentives. (Italics added.)”

Carson, and a majority of Republicans and many Democrats, knows the ethanol mandate is program that has gone horribly wrong.  Enacted by a well-meaning Congress, in a different energy era, it is part of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which requires refiners to add biofuels to gasoline and diesel—ostensibly to reduce imports of foreign oil.

The ethanol mandate has been blamed for rising food prices—particularly for beef and poultry—because it has increased the cost of animal feed. Additionally, ethanol-blended fuel provides fewer miles per gallon because ethanol contains only two-thirds as much energy as gasoline, forcing motorists to fill up more often.

The mandate puts at risk millions of vehicles owned and operated by private citizens and fleets. Ethanol is corrosive. In tests, it has been proven to eat engine components, including seals and gaskets, causing expensive repairs. The government does not reimburse motorists for their loss; rather it is allowing—in fact, encouraging—the sale of fuels containing more and more ethanol.

Most vehicles on the road today can withstand E10, a gasoline blend containing up to 10 percent ethanol, but the EPA has granted a “partial waiver” for the sale of 15 percent blends. AAA advises owners of non-flex-fuel vehicles to avoid E15, warning that manufacturers will void their warranties. Although the EPA maintains that 2001 model-year and newer vehicles can safely use E15, studies by the prestigious Coordinating Research Council found that E15 caused engine damage to some of the EPA-approved vehicles, leading to leaks and increased emissions.

Likewise, marine engine makers also caution boat owners to avoid E15. During winter storage, they suggest pouring a fuel stabilizer into built-in gas tanks to avoid problems. A survey of boat owners has shown ethanol-related repairs cost an average of about $1,000.

These days, ethanol has few friends. Opponents include such strange bedfellows as the petroleum, restaurant, livestock and auto industries—and environmental groups.

Despite government claims to the contrary, studies show ethanol also harms the environment. Earlier this year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) discovered the EPA grossly understated the amount of carbon spewed into the air by the expansion of corn farming. This month, the EWG found the corn-ethanol mandate is discouraging advanced biofuels development, which could have environmental benefits.

These are just some of the problems. There’s also the EPA’s complicated Renewable Identification Number (RIN) trading scheme, which allows refiners to buy ethanol credits when not enough is available for purchase. This poorly managed program has allowed phony ethanol companies to sell fictitious credits and abscond with millions of dollars.

And then there were the huge fines levied against oil companies for failing to add cellulosic ethanol to gasoline although the advanced fuel did not exist in commercial quantities—even according to the EPA’s own data.

All of these costs have an impact on consumers who buy fuel and for taxpayers who pay the salaries of the bureaucrats who administer the RFS program. Yet the RFS continues to stumble along because Congress has not mustered the will to repeal it.

By November 30, the administration must finalize the amount of biofuels to be blended into motor fuels in the next couple of years. A pitched battle is developing on Capitol Hill. On one side are those who want an even larger market share for ethanol. On the other side are those who see the program for what it is—a massive payout to one allegedly “green” industry.

The latter group includes more than 180 Washington lawmakers who have sent a letter to the administration asking it to “limit the economic and consumer harm this program has already caused.”

Wisely, Ben Carson has figured out that government meddling in the marketplace is a bad idea. Contrary to conventional wisdom, his rejection of special treatment for ethanol is not hurting his campaign. Although Iowa has made support for ethanol a litmus test for presidential candidates, polls conducted before and after the Oct. 28 debate, when he announced his revised view on ethanol, show Carson continues to rise in popularity nationally.

Congress could learn from Carson’s positive poll numbers by once and for all ending the ethanol subsidies, er, mandates, without fearing political reprisal. Like Carson, doing so might even help Congress’ pitiful approval numbers.

The author of Energy Freedom, Marita Noon serves as the executive director for Energy Makes America Great Inc. and the companion educational organization, the Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE). She hosts a weekly radio program: America’s Voice for Energy—which expands on the content of her weekly column. Follow her @EnergyRabbit.



By John Sedbrook – The Hill – Nov 16, 2015

The American Enterprise Institute’s Mark Perry wrote in these pages, in no uncertain terms, that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and fuel ethanol is a failure.” While one may wonder what motivations lie behind such a claim, speaking to the merits of the arguments directly, it is fair to say that they are flimsy, false or both.

The RFS is a federal program authorized by Congress in 2005, aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and our dependence on foreign oil. The program calls for annual increases in the amounts of renewable fuels, including corn ethanol, to be blended with transportation fuels.

The EPA, in administering the RFS, is near finalizing a much awaited update to annual renewable fuels targets. Hence the increasing efforts by some to try to weaken or kill the RFS.  

At the top of the list of attacks against the RFS is a manufactured sense of energy independence. True, America is more energy independent because of fracking. But no one should discount OPEC’s considerable influence in the global energy market when its own profits are threatened. The record plunge in global oil prices is not fortuitous; it’s a deliberate strategy by OPEC to force American fracking companies – who have steadily gained market share in recent years – into bankruptcy. According to a recent Bloomberg story, half of all fracking companies in the U.S. will be bankrupt or sold by the end of the year.

When you have a cartel dominating 40 percent of the oil market and setting prices to eliminate competition, a policy like the RFS that counters monopolistic practices is indispensable.  

Far from being “corporate welfare” (incidentally, credible estimates have the fossil fuels industry receiving anywhere from $10 billion to $52 billion in subsidies annually), the purpose of the RFS is to provide competitive choices for the express purpose of opening the fuels market. That’s exactly what happened. The U.S. Department of Energy cited ethanol production as playing a significant role in reducing U.S. foreign oil imports by one-third from 2005-2013.

While corn ethanol isn’t perfect, it is a considerable improvement over fossil fuels for the environment, an economic engine for America’s heartland and a necessary stepping stone for next-generation biofuels.

Critics cherry-pick less meritorious studies purportedly concluding that corn ethanol production is causing “great harm to our environment.” However, credible and more complete studies, including cradle to grave greenhouse gas emissions analyses carried out using Argonne National Laboratory’s GREET model, paint a much different picture. Those studies and others detail environmental impacts that are significantly lower than those associated with crude oil. Moreover, as farmers have become more efficient in planting, harvesting, transporting and manufacturing corn for ethanol, the environmental impact has dropped further.

One of the most stubborn Cassandra-like warnings is that ethanol is bad for cars. Ethanol is one of the most tested fuels in U.S. history. The U.S. Department of Energy tested 3 million miles worth of ethanol blends of up to 20 percent and found it is safe for cars 2001 and newer – about 80 percent of cars on the road. NASCAR has run on ethanol blends of 15 percent for seven million miles, but you never hear of engine problems on the racetrack.

The fact that ethanol is engine-friendly is not news. Formulations of ethanol have been used since the Civil War. Henry Ford called it the “fuel of the future.” In the 1930s, a “gasohol” blend of 6-12 percent ethanol was sold widely at gas stations across the Midwest.

Just last month, DuPont opened the world’s largest cellulosic ethanol plant in Iowa, which will produce 30 million gallons of ethanol annually from corn stalks, leaves and cobs. This exciting advancement bodes well for the establishment of sustainable, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly renewable fuels technologies. However, companies will not invest in these cutting edge technologies unless reasonable market certainties exist due to an intact RFS.

Here’s a better message to pass on to President Obama: Your climate change legacy, this country, and the environment would be well-served by protecting and expanding the RFS. The nascent renewable fuels industry needs your help in getting off the ground and protected against monopolistic practices.

Sedbrook is an associate professor at Illinois State University and a participant in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center.



By Lee Bergquist Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel – Nov 13, 2015


Train cars lie overturned outside of Alma, Wis. after derailing on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015.

Train cars lie overturned outside of Alma, Wis. after derailing on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015.

The two derailments in Wisconsin of petroleum-filled trains in the past week are the most recent of 14 major rail incidents across the U.S. involving crude oil or ethanol in the past two years, according to federal authorities.

The incidents in Watertown on Sunday and in Alma along the Mississippi River on Nov. 7 are the latest in a growing tide of rail mishaps involving crude oil or ethanol.

In April, when the U.S. Department of Transportation announced several safety initiatives for petroleum tankers, the agency reported that the “volume of crude oil being shipped by rail has increased exponentially in recent years, and the number of significant accidents involving trains carrying ethanol or crude oil is unprecedented.”

In the most recent accidents in Wisconsin, no injuries were reported. Officials also reported no explosions such as those that have happened with other high-profile accidents such as in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, that killed 47 people in 2013, according to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.

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