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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: Oil Refining

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 3:56 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.]   We do not need to build more oil refineries. For one, the likelihood of increased U.S. demand given all the changes in the energy market (even without an effective energy policy) is very low. Second, there is nothing preventing the current refineries from expanding (as they have done during the past 20 years). Therefore, government should not interfere. If someone thinks that it is a good investment, let them build… [more]

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Discussion Catalyst: Drilling for More Oil and Gas

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 3:55 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 issue here is hedging our bets and securing our oil supply in case of a global war on resources. Why do we need to hedge? We cannot “drill” our way out of the oil problem. Relying on drilling as a solution is like placing a coin bet on the life of our children. It is too risky. We cannot be sure that our policy to move away from oil… [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: Hydrogen

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 3:53 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.] An analysis of the current status shows that hydrogen powered cars, generation infrastructure and delivery infrastructure; all at competitive prices to other solutions are 20 years away under the best of circumstances. In any case, an affordable and efficient electric battery car will be available at least 10 years ahead of that and it will not require infrastructure changes. The hydrogen (fuel cell) car simply lost the race to the market.… [more]

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Discussion Catalyst: Natural Gas Powered Vehicles

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 3:51 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 shift towards natural gas powered vehicles should not be encouraged by any government regulation. This is a tough strategic choice with many pros and cons. Pros The Peak in natural gas is also “around the corner”. There is no point in strategically shifting our transportation sector right into the next peak crisis. The price of natural gas is tied to oil and shifting transportation from oil to natural gas… [more]

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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: The Methanol Market

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 3:43 PM

Critical policy recommendations mentioned above (Flex Fuel GEM mandate, Alternative fuel infrastructure tax credit, and Government vehicle purchase mandate). We must solve the “chicken and egg” problem of the alcohol fuel market by forcing demand. Any newly built gasoline station should be able to carry any alcohol fuel in all pumps. Improve the methanol distribution infrastructure. Eliminate anti-competitive practices in gasoline distribution. Exempt gas station owners from exclusivity clauses if they cannot bu1y mixed blends from their exclusive supplier. The current law is not sufficient. Gasoline companies’ use of anti competitive practices to stifle blended fuel distribution should be stopped,… [more]

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Discussion Catalyst: The Ethanol Market

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 3:42 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.]   Critical policy recommendations mentioned above (Flex fuel GEM mandate, Alternative fuel infrastructure tax credit, and Government vehicle purchase mandate). We must solve the “chicken and egg” problem of the alcohol fuel market by forcing initial demand.   Increase the blending mandate of ethanol in the gas that we currently buy to 15%. Mandate fuel blenders to buy any ethanol offered to them until they meet the 15% minimum. Cars can… [more]

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