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By Robert Rapier on Aug 15, 2011 with 85 responses

Cellulosic Ethanol Targets: Mandating the Nonexistent

Another Year, Another Chapter In what is becoming an annual ritual, the EPA is once more scaling back the cellulosic ethanol mandate for 2012. The 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act mandated that we would use 100 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol in 2010, 250 million gallons in 2011, and 500 million gallons in 2012. I said quite explicitly from the start that this was wishful thinking, and that there was practically zero chance of meeting these mandates. In one article, I wrote: The next few years will see a record amount of back-pedaling from most of the companies trying to establish a foothold in this space – and overpromising on their technology to do so. There will be the… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Jun 8, 2008 with no responses

Gas at $4 and Corn at $7

For the first time ever, with oil prices pushing $140/bbl on Friday, the U.S. national average price for gasoline cracked $4/gal: Gas price record reaches $4 a gallon NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Gasoline rose to a milestone mark Sunday as the national average compiled by motorist group AAA reached $4 a gallon for the first time. The national average for regular unleaded rose 1.7 cents to $4.005, according the daily measure on the group’s Web site. That surpassed the previous record of $3.989 set Thursday. People are starting to get the message, as gasoline demand is softening. This week I had to rent a car. I had requested a small, fuel efficient model. Guess what? Fresh out. How about this… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Mar 10, 2008 with no responses

A Vicious Circle

What a vicious chain of events our politicians have set into motion. It just continues to worsen. It started out innocently enough. Oil prices were climbing. Our energy production was shifting to an ever greater extent to countries that are hostile to the U.S. So, Step 1 is to propose a solution: 1. Subsidize ethanol production to encourage biofuels and enhance energy security. However, subsidies didn’t do the trick. It was still too expensive to produce ethanol. People still chose gasoline derived from hostile sources over more expensive ethanol. What we really needed was Step 2. 2. Let’s mandate ethanol usage. At the point that the subsidy turns into a mandate, things change. Now, the fuel doesn’t have to be… Continue»