U.S. Job Market and Automotive Sales Trends Support Growth in Gasoline Use

September 16, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Jobs and Trends and Gasoline Use

Although lower gasoline prices have been a very important factor in the increase in gasoline use so far in the year 2015, changes in the labor market and in the vehicle sales mix over the past few years also have contributed to the rise in gasoline use.[read more]

Household Spending on Gasoline and Public Transit Varies by Region, Income

April 19, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Houshold Spending on Transit and Fuel

Households in different regions of the United States have similar average combined spending on gasoline and public transit, but the composition of that spending varies significantly across regions. In 2013 the average household spent $3,148 annually on gasoline and public transit.[read more]

Fuel Economy Standards Drive Down Projected Gasoline Use; Diesel Use, Product Exports Rise

June 27, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Fuel Economy, Use, and Export

In the EIA's Annual Energy Outlook 2014, more-stringent vehicle fuel economy standards contribute to a decline in motor gasoline consumption through 2040. Growth in heavy-duty vehicle miles traveled is greater than increasing heavy-duty vehicle fuel economy, contributing to rising diesel fuel demand.[read more]

Debunking the "Electric Cars Aren’t Green" Myth

June 7, 2013 by Lindsay Wilson

EV emissions

It’s time to bust this thing wide open. "Electric cars aren’t green" is a great bit of counter-intuitive headline bait, but it’s bad maths.[read more]

Ethanol and Biofuels: Just The Facts, Please

March 27, 2013 by Mark Green

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has been circulating a video titled “40 Facts about Ethanol.” Unfortunately, this list of “facts” that couldn’t be further from factual.[read more]

Study: E15 Could Put Some Engines at Risk

May 20, 2012 by Mark Green

More on the potential risk to America’s car and truck fleet posed by E15 – gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol that has EPA approval: Just-released research indicates that more than 5 million existing cars and light trucks, which EPA says are OK for E15 use, could develop engine problems as a result.Why this discrepancy?  The...[read more]

Follow-up to Alan Colmes’ Interview: Gasoline Prices and Keystone XL

March 4, 2012 by Robert Rapier

Photo by Marion E via Flickr

During my interview last week with Alan Colmes (embedded below), a few points were discussed that warrant some elaboration. Watch the latest video at The first is the conversion from winter to summer gasoline, which I have written about in more detail at Why Summer Gasoline Means Higher Prices. Just to be...[read more]

What’s So Bad About Exporting Gasoline?

January 9, 2012 by Robert Rapier

One of my Top 10 Energy Stories of 2011 was the fact that the U.S. had become a net exporter of finished petroleum products such as diesel and gasoline. In fact, because gasoline and diesel prices were so high, fuel exports were valued at $88 billion, which made them the top value export in 2011 for the first time ever:[read more]

Why Haven't Gas Prices Fallen More?

August 30, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles

With the US economy stuck in the doldrums, weakening the demand for oil and its products, and with the fall of at least portions of Tripoli foreshadowing the eventual return of Libyan oil exports to the market, it must seem puzzling that US gasoline prices haven't dropped farther in the last few weeks. As of Monday, the national...[read more]

Keeping Michele Bachmann Honest on Gas Prices

August 22, 2011 by Robert Rapier

Like many of you, I am often unhappy with our political leaders. One thing that annoys me the most is that many will say or do just about anything to get elected. By now, you have surely heard the news that Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann has promised a return to $2/gallon gasoline if she is elected president:[read more]

What America Doesn't Know About Gas Prices

July 7, 2011 by Silvio Marcacci

Most Americans know the price of gasoline better than the cost of almost anything else they buy regularly. But do they know all the factors that go into that price, or even the source of the crude oil used to make their gas? energyNOW! special correspondent Josh Zepps takes an inside look at everything that goes into the price of gas - from the ground to your tank - and explains why crude oil costs so much in the first place, where most of that oil comes from, and why the gas you buy varies from season to season, and place to place.[read more]

Gasoline Could Cost Consumers an Extra $150 Billion in 2011

June 19, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles

A poll reported in this morning's Wall St. Journal (subscription) indicated that more Americans are significantly affected by high gas prices than by rising food prices, falling home values, unemployment or foreclosures. That's a surprising result, considering that transportation fuel only accounts for about 5% of average household...[read more]

Virent Pulling Ahead of the Biofuel Pack?

June 17, 2011 by Robert Rapier

The National Advanced Biofuels Consortium  In January 2010, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the investment of nearly $80 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for advanced biofuels research and fueling infrastructure. About $35 million of the funding went toward the National Advanced Biofuels Consortium (...[read more]

Analysis Requested by Senate Democrats Highlights the Risks of Their Energy Proposals

May 16, 2011 by Robert Rapier

This essay highlights the reason I loathe politics. Here I present a case in which politicians present a partial story and withhold key findings in order to push a specific agenda. But their trump card is that if things don’t go as planned they can assign blame elsewhere. The media is complicit because they have simply lapped up the...[read more]

‘Price Signal’ can be a Weapon for Managing Higher Gas Prices

April 18, 2011 by Robert Rapier

The Steep Cost of Sudden Price Spikes One of my recent essays discussed the relationship between high oil prices and recession. Consumers who suddenly find themselves paying more for fuel are hit with the equivalent of a stealth tax, leaving less money available to fuel domestic growth through purchases or investments. Thus,...[read more]