Results tagged Blendwall

Ethanol Lobby’s Solution to Ethanol Glut – Use More Ethanol.

In order to prevent Americans from hitting the blend wall, the EPA proposed lowering the 2014 mandate. With this proposal came major political pressure from ethanol makers and now the EPA is considering backing down.

Is this the Worst Policy in America?

For the first time since the ethanol mandate was enacted, a government agency has confirmed what the refining industry has said for years…forcing ethanol into our fuel supply will increase gas prices.

A Coalition Against Bad Policy

Oil refiners do oppose the ethanol mandate, but they are hardly the only ones who take issue with the policy. Environmentalists, taxpayers, food producers, consumer protection groups of all types, anti-hunger advocates and even farmers have all spoken out against the RFS.

Is your daily driver a race car?

95 percent of automobiles on the road today aren’t designed to run on gasoline that contains more than 10 percent ethanol.

The Anti-Ethanol List Grows

Two Senators, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), with almost opposite political points of view are coming together asking for reform on the ethanol mandate.

The Ethanol Lobby Changes their Tune…Again

While ethanol producers are bringing in record profits, dairy and poultry farmers have been forced to close up shop, unable to afford feed for animals.

Washington Post Calls for End to Corn Ethanol Mandate

In his Washington Post blog post on the Renewable Fuel Standard, Ryan Cooper – just one of the paper’s resident Dems — called for an end to the corn ethanol mandate. Despite its good intentions, Cooper explained that the policy is just not living up to its promises.

The Detroit News: Editorial: Ethanol harms automotive, consumer interests

Classic American cars. Ski boats and pontoons. Harleys. Snowmobiles. They’re all a part of what makes our Pure Michigan life so special. But they’re all also threatened by a broken federal policy known as the Renewable Fuel Standard.

The Ethanol Lobby’s Flip Flop

The Renewable Fuel Standard has become an impossible-to-meet mandate, completely disconnected from market demand. The issues are countless – the looming blend wall, engine damage, increasing food prices, compliance fraud and increased GHG emissions.

The Hill: Renewable fuel standard mandate is a failed policy

Corn ethanol is forcing its way into the marketplace and is likely increasing greenhouse gas emissions, according to the National Academy of Sciences. In fact, corn-based ethanol nearly doubles GHG emissions over 30 years and increases greenhouse gases for 167 years.

The Sioux City Journal: Octane switch boosts ethanol, sparks new small engine fears

Ethanol in fuel worries small-engine repair shop owners who recommend use regular gas in lawn mowers, snow throwers, chain saws, leaf blowers and the like. In recent years there has been a big upswing in repairs from homeowners who instead put ethanol-blended gas in their machines.

TribLIVE: Mandating the impossible

A congressional hearing was held on government-mandated renewable fuel standards (RFS). The consensus among industry analysts and experts was that the RFS policy is driving gasoline prices higher. The policy also is distorting energy markets and imposing economic burdens on millions of Americans.

The Renewable Fuel Standard is Everyone’s Problem

Oil refiners oppose the ethanol mandate, but they are hardly the only ones who take issue with the policy. Environmentalists, tax payers, food producers and consumer protection groups of all types, anti-hunger advocates and even farmers have all spoken out against the RFS.

The American Interest: Oh, the RINsanity!

Concern over the blend wall has refiners snatching up RINs, ethanol credits available to fuel refiners looking to meet government-mandated biofuel production targets, causing the price spike. It’s not only the refiners that are buying up the credits, Wall Street has also taken an interest.

Sun-Sentinel: Nicolás J. Gutiérrez: Ethanol mandates drive up expenses

More than 40 percent of the United States' corn crop is now used to produce ethanol, and is hurting farmers who use corn for feed, food producers who rely on corn for their products and consumers. Ultimately, those increased costs make their way into our grocery bills.

Fuel Fix: Valero implores Obama administration to waive ethanol mandate

Refiners are required by law to use 13.8 billion gallons of ethanol in 2013. Renewable Identification Numbers are attached to each gallon of ethanol to track compliance. Once the additive is blended into gasoline, refiners can retain the certificate to show compliance or trade it to another party.

The Wichita Eagle: ‘Blend wall’ could mean oil industry ethanol costs will be passed on to consumers

The industry has hit what’s known as the “blend wall.” Hitting the blend wall is causing a host of complications for the ethanol industry, the Environmental Protection Agency, Congress, the petroleum industry and, maybe, the driving public.

The Wall Street Journal: Bad Ethanol Policy Is a Job Killer

The RFS created a market-based compliance system in which refiners must submit credits to prove that the required amount of renewable fuel is used or paid for by them each year. These credits, known as Renewable Identification Numbers, can be bought or sold like commodities.

The Denver Post: Ease off throttle on fuel mandate

The renewable fuel standard is causing unintended problems and Congress should idle the renewable fuel standard and find ways to ease the pressures caused by the current mandates without ending the program.

The Washington Post: Ditch ethanol mandates. Try a carbon tax.

The result of the ethanol mandate, oil companies argue, is a “blend wall” that inevitably translates into higher gasoline prices for consumers, since oil firms have to buy special credits to make up for missing the law’s blending targets.

The Patriot News: Federal government’s ethanol mandate hoses you at the gas pump: Jerry Shenk

As the federally-mandated volume of ethanol usage increases and motor fuel consumption declines, to avoid lawsuits, gasoline refiners must purchase federal renewable "credits" to make up for the ethanol they don't blend, causing higher gasoline prices even in periods of lower demand.