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By Robert Rapier on Sep 10, 2007 with no responses

Wisconsin Tops Minnesota

This is a guest entry from Gary Dikkers who explains that Minnesota and Wisconsin are near twins, except in the category of fuel economy. —————————— One of my cars is a 1999 GMC Sonoma light pickup truck. Since I got my first driver’s license, I’ve always kept track of miles driven, fuel used, and computed my fuel mileage. About four years ago I started to notice that whenever I put E10 in my Sonoma my mileage dropped. So I started doing tests — deliberately running the fuel tank to near empty, then filling up with either E10 or straight gasoline, and comparing results. My Experience Using E10 Time after time, I have arrived at consistently similar results: When I burn… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Mar 13, 2007 with no responses

Conflicts of Interest

Critics often charge me with a conflict of interest for my position on grain ethanol. They suggest that I have something to gain by opposing grain ethanol. Often, a charge of bias will be the extent of my opponent’s argument, which is of course an ad hominem fallacy. While it is certainly fair to suggest that I might have a bias, at the end of the day it is the arguments that must be addressed. This is true whether I am employed by Greenpeace, or on the staff of Dick Cheney. Furthermore, as I have pointed out, ethanol producers use a lot of natural gas, and my company sells a lot of natural gas to them. Given our market share… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Mar 7, 2007 with 1 response

Wisconsin’s "Robin Hood" Tax

Those Bewildering Energy Markets Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle has a new proposal for punishing those “greedy, gouging oil companies” for their “unfair profits.” His proposal is to rob from the “rich” – the oil companies – and give to the “poor” – the state government of Wisconsin. However, as I will show in this essay, the irony of the situation is that the poor in this case are already making bigger profits in Wisconsin than are the rich. Based on Governor Doyle’s recent comments, I have to include him among those with a very naive view of how the energy markets work. His understanding appears to be like that of the proponents of Prop 87, about which I wrote several… Continue»