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By Robert Rapier on Sep 26, 2009 with no responses

Does Ethanol Reduce Petroleum Imports?

One of the main arguments in favor of ethanol production in the U.S. is that it supports the goals of energy independence by getting us off of foreign oil. After all, we could just tell the entire Mideast to take a hike while we grow our own fuel. In fact, there have been some truly grandiose claims made around this theme. Of course if we are making more ethanol, we are importing less oil as a result. Right? Maybe not. Has anyone actually taken a good look? A couple of years ago, I looked at total gasoline consumption in an essay called The Mythical Ethanol Threat. My conclusion from that was that despite the rapid ramp up of ethanol, there… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Jun 19, 2009 with 1 response

How Much Natural Gas to Replace Gasoline?

I Took This Picture of a CNG Bus on a Recent Trip to D.C. You may have seen the news this week that a report by the Potential Gas Committee says natural gas reserves in 2008 rose to 2,074 trillion cubic feet. The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal (via Rigzone) both had stories on it, and T. Boone Pickens issued a press release. First, from the New York Times (and this is a really good article): Estimate Places Natural Gas Reserves 35% Higher Thanks to new drilling technologies that are unlocking substantial amounts of natural gas from shale rocks, the nation’s estimated gas reserves have surged by 35 percent, according to a study due for release on… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Apr 16, 2008 with no responses

Where Our Gasoline Imports Come From

I started this post almost a year ago, but forgot about it. But someone at The Oil Drum just said they wished they had more information on where our gasoline imports come from. No need to wonder, because the EIA publishes this information. For 2007, our Top 10 importers of finished gasoline into the U.S. in thousand barrels were: 1. United Kingdom (Thousand Barrels) 251472. U.S. Virgin Islands (Thousand Barrels) 235903. France (Thousand Barrels) 112094. Canada (Thousand Barrels) 106055. Netherlands (Thousand Barrels) 105186. Norway (Thousand Barrels) 84067. Germany (Thousand Barrels) 83518. Russia (Thousand Barrels) 73879. Italy (Thousand Barrels) 723910. OPEC Countries (Thousand Barrels) 5516 Europeans demand more diesel. Since you get diesel and gasoline from the refining process, they get… Continue»