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Transportation Bill Signed

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: July 17, 2012 at 7:22 AM

The Transportation Bill, called Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP 21), has been signed by President Obama. The bill allocates around $105 billion through 2014 to upgrade and maintain surface transportation infrastructure. Among its measures: Reauthorizes the Federal-aid highway program equal to current funding levels plus inflation for two fiscal years Expands the financing program Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) funding from $122 million to $1 billion per year Preserves dedicated funding for transit Streamlines the NEPA (environmental review) process Requires USDOT to develop a national rail plan and regional rail plans Restructures the… [more]

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Does Energy Independence = Energy Security?

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: July 2, 2012 at 7:35 AM

Recent increases in U.S. natural gas and oil production – increases dramatic enough to drive speculation about and calls for U.S. exports of these resources – have brought the prospect of an energy self-sufficient U.S. into sight, while geopolitical and market volatility around the globe continue to make energy independence an attractive policy goal. However, the question remains: Would U.S. energy independence necessarily mean U.S. energy security? According to a report from Securing America’s Future Energy, The New American Oil Boom: Implications for Energy Security, “energy security,” defined as our economy’s ability to withstand shocks to energy supply, is too… [more]

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NRDC: Keystone XL Will Raise Gas Prices

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Date: May 30, 2012 at 7:24 AM

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has released a report titled “Keystone XL: A Tar Sands Pipeline to Increase Oil Prices,” arguing that the Keystone XL pipeline will increase gas prices in the United States. The report argues that the pipeline would take Canadian crude oil that has historically gone to Midwest refineries – which produce gasoline sold to U.S. consumers – and divert it to refineries in the Gulf Coast of Texas, which historically have produced diesel that is exported internationally. Diesel fuel has over the past few years become more expensive in non-U.S. markets, providing an incentive for… [more]

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CEOs & Military Leaders: End America’s Reliance on Oil

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: May 15, 2012 at 7:36 AM

A new report from the Energy Security Leadership Council, a group including business leaders and retired military officials, warns that U.S. energy policy advocates are conflating “energy independence” with “energy security.”  Relying on increased domestic production oil and natural gas is misguided, they argue, and the country should instead seek to decrease reliance on all oil. The report acknowledges that the recent boom in energy production in the U.S. will have positive economic impacts, and calls for the government to make federal lands available for oil and gas development. However, the authors state, “as long as the United States remains… [more]

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Developing U.S. “Tar Sands”

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: April 30, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Eastern Utah may see tar sand production begin later this year. A private company, the Alberta-based U.S. Oil Sands, has invested $6 million since 2005 to test the oil sands at its 6,000-acre lease in eastern Utah and develop pilot projects on state land. They were granted preliminary permits to begin production in 2009, and have been raising capital and developing plans to begin production. “We would expect to hopefully to have this up and running by about September of next year,” said Cameron Todd, CEO of U.S. Oil Sands. The Bureau of Land Management estimates that the sands could… [more]

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Fraud in Renewables Markets

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: April 27, 2012 at 7:52 AM

In 2007, US EPA began using renewable identification numbers (RINs) to track fuel producer compliance with the Energy Policy Act of 2005’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which calls for fuel blends to contain a minimum amount of renewable fuels. RINs quantify the biofuel, produced or imported, used in fuel blends. Fuel producers buy and sell them, and then submit them to demonstrate compliance. The complexity of RIN markets and RFS compliance has come under scrutiny lately, as several instances of fraud have emerged. In 2010, two small biofuel producers – Clean Green Fuel and Absolute Fuels – started selling fraudulent… [more]

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Use of Methanol as a Transportation Fuel

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: April 23, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Full Title: Use of Methanol as a Transportation Fuel Author(s): Richard L. Bechtold, Marc B. Goodman, Thomas A. Timbario Publisher(s): The Methanol Institute Publication Date: 11/2oo7 Language: English Length: 49 pages, PDF Full Text: –>DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<– Description (excerpt): The capability of methanol to replace petroleum fuels has been known for a long time. Now as the future availability of crude oil is increasingly called into question, methanol is receiving renewed interest since it can be readily made from remote natural gas and from the world’s extensive coal and biomass resources. Much work was done previously around the world to identify… [more]

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OPEC’s Uncertain Production Estimates

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: April 20, 2012 at 8:09 AM

This month OPEC, the intergovernmental affiliation of twelve oil-producing countries, released two different estimates for its members’ monthly crude production. The first estimated 31.2m b/d in February, and relied on secondary sources, as OPEC estimates have traditionally done since 1986. The significantly higher second estimate of 32.1m b/d relied on direct internal reporting from OPEC member countries. The estimates’ disparity casts doubt on the accuracy of OPEC’s reporting. OPEC accounts for 44% of world oil supply. In an article for Platts, Richard Swann explains “OPEC crude production estimates are undoubtedly among the world’s most important pieces of oil market data.… [more]

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Obama Goes After Oil Traders

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: April 19, 2012 at 7:23 AM

On Tuesday, President Obama outlined a package of efforts his administration is pursuing to ensure that energy traders are not responsible for “market manipulation” that drives up the cost of oil and consequently gasoline. President Obama called on Congress to “pass a package of measures to crack down on illegal activity and hold accountable those who manipulate the market for private gain at the expense of millions of working families.” Specifically, Obama suggested that Congress should provide funding to better police energy trading. He suggested that Congress should also significantly increase civil and criminal penalties for market manipulation and associated… [more]

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Where Are Gasoline Prices Heading?

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: April 12, 2012 at 7:23 AM

Some analysts have projected gasoline prices to go as high as $5/gallon over the coming months, noting a world-wide crunch of spare oil production capacity, rising demand from developing countries, and typically high U.S. demand during summer months. Recently, however, some analysts have suggested that U.S. gasoline prices may have peaked for 2012, and recent surveys from AAA and DOE suggest gas prices have slipped this week, which may in part be a result of worse-than-expected economic news out of the U.S., Europe, and China. The national average retail price for a gallon of gasoline was $3.90 as of April… [more]

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