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The Future of Natural Gas: An Interdisciplinary MIT Study

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: October 20, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Note: Synopsis drawn from report’s executive summary. Synopsis intended solely for purposes of generating discussion. The Future of Natural Gas: An Interdisciplinary MIT Study By the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative Natural gas has moved to the center of the current debate on energy, security and climate. This study examines the role of natural gas in a carbon-constrained world, with a time horizon out to mid-century. The overarching conclusions are that: Abundant global natural gas resources imply greatly expanded natural gas use, with especially large growth in electricity generation. Natural gas will assume an increasing share of the U.S.… [more]

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H.R. 1687 – the Open Fuel Standard Act of 2011

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 5:13 PM

Note: Synopsis based on OurEnergyPolicy.org review of draft legislation as well as media summaries. Synopsis intended solely for purposes of generating discussion. Key provisions of H.R. 1687, the Open Fuel Standard Act of 2011 (as of May 5, 2011) Would require defined percentages of light-duty automobile manufacturer’s inventory to operate on nonpetroleum fuels in addition to, or instead of, petroleum-based fuels along the following timetables 50% of new vehicles in 2014 80% of new vehicles in 2016 95% of new vehicles in 2017 and each subsequent year Qualified vehicles would include passenger automobiles and light-duty motor vehicles which: operate solely… [more]

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Open Fuel Standard Act of 2009

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 5:11 PM

Note: Synopses taken from Congressional Research Service summaries.  H.R. 1476 & S. 835 H.R. 1476 S. 835 Requires each light-duty automobile manufacturer’s annual covered inventory to comprise at least: 50% fuel choice-enabling automobiles in years 2012-2014; and 80% fuel choice-enabling automobiles in 2015, and in each subsequent year. Requires each light-duty automobile manufacturer’s annual covered inventory to comprise at least: 50% fuel choice-enabling automobiles in years 2012-2014; and 80% fuel choice-enabling automobiles in 2015, and in each subsequent year. Defines “fuel choice-enabling automobile” as: a flexible fuel automobile capable of operating on gasoline, E85, and M85; or an automobile capable… [more]

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Discussion Catalyst: Conservation and Fuel Efficiency

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: October 17, 2011 at 4:00 PM

[Note: The statements below are intended solely to stimulate discussion among the Expert community, and do not represent the position of OurEnergyPolicy.org. Text in italics indicates clarification or expansion.]   The main recommendation is to let the free market do its work. It is likely that gasoline prices will continue to rise over the next 20 years and as a result will encourage consumers to buy more efficient cars, drive less, use more public transportation, live closer to work, etc. Government intervention is required only to nurture the market for oil replacement. The last oil shock and the new economic… [more]

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Discussion Catalyst: Alternative Methods of Propulsion

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 3:54 PM

[Note: The statements below are intended solely to stimulate discussion among the Expert community, and do not represent the position of OurEnergyPolicy.org. Text in italics indicates clarification or expansion.] The majority of the recommended policies in this document are based on known technologies or known technology development directions. However, human ingenuity will definitely produce additional solutions (e.g., compressed air engines). The policy should remain open to embrace new technologies as they become viable. It is critical to follow technological innovation and once one matures, it should receive an even playing field with other alternatives.

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Discussion Catalyst: Bio-Diesel

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 3:48 PM

[Note: The statements below are intended solely to stimulate discussion among the Expert community, and do not represent the position of OurEnergyPolicy.org. Text in italics indicates clarification or expansion.]   Diesel accounts for 30% of U.S. transportation fuel. In many uses (like trucking), there is no replacement technology in sight. The use of diesel in Europe is double that of the U.S. Bio-diesel is an excellent replacement for oil-derived diesel since it requires only minor infrastructure change or engine change (unlike methanol and ethanol). However, our sources for bio-diesel are limited today. We need to create a larger bio-diesel market… [more]

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Discussion Catalyst: Other Alcohols or Liquids

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 3:48 PM

[Note: The statements below are intended solely to stimulate discussion among the Expert community, and do not represent the position of OurEnergyPolicy.org. Text in italics indicates clarification or expansion.]   Government intervention is not required. Let the best/cheapest solution win. The key is to maintain an even playing field between all oil replacements (like methanol and ethanol). If we find an economically viable alternative which can be used in today’s cars, the priorities of the energy policy should be reviewed.   All validated alcohols should benefit from the same tax benefits as ethanol and methanol. Coal to Liquid (CTL) is… [more]

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Discussion Catalyst: Policy Principles

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 3:37 PM

[Note: The statements below are intended solely to stimulate discussion among the Expert community, and do not represent the position of OurEnergyPolicy.org. Text in italics indicates clarification or expansion.]   The U.S. Energy Policy should be based on the following principles: Energy Security – an urgent program to move away from oil as fast as possible: Stage 1 – reducing oil’s strategic value by breaking its monopoly in the transportation sector. Stage 2 – drive a worldwide effort to shift away from oil. We are funding both sides of the war on Radical Islam. Our economy and way of life… [more]

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