Fuels

New USDA Primer on the Use of Ethanol as a Transportation Fuel

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recently released an informative report, U.S. Ethanol: An Examination of Policy, Production, Use, Distribution, and Market Interactions. It includes chapters authored by staff at the Energy Information Administration and Iowa State University, as well...

/ November 3, 2015

Food and witches to burn

A few hundred years ago, in the depths of the Little Ice Age, crops failed and people starved. Cool summers slowed growth, growing seasons were generally short, and low soil temperatures kept everything wet, possibly promoting the growth of hallucinogenic...

/ October 30, 2015

Oxygenated Gasoline Has Been Required by the Clean Air Act Since 1992

The Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 created two programs: winter oxygenated gasoline in some cities to reduce carbon monoxide emissions and reformulated gasoline (RFG).  The winter oxygenated gasoline program began near the end of 1992, and the year-round RFG program...

/ September 10, 2015

EPA Moved the Goalposts in 2014 to Promote Cellulosic Biofuel

Cellulosic biofuel has been negligible. In January 2013, the RFS regulatory value for 2012 was vacated by a court. In November 2013, EPA proposed to set the RFS regulatory value for 2011 from 6 million ethanol-equivalent gallons to zero and...

/ August 18, 2015