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Can the Complexities of Sugarcane Ethanol Imports Lead to Increased Carbon Emissions?

The U.S. created the latest ‘Renewable Fuel Standard’ (RFS2) in 2007, which requires blending increased-minimum biofuel volumes into petroleum motor fuels annually.  The EPA is responsible to administrate and establish annual RFS2 biofuel...

Posted April 7, 2014    

What are the Realistic Costs and Benefits of the New EPA Tier 3 (Reduced) Gasoline Sulfur Regulation?

A new EPA Tier 3 regulation was just completed to reduce current average gasoline sulfur content by up to 67%.  The health benefits by 2030 are estimated to prevent up to 2,000 premature deaths and substantially reduce the respiratory problems...

Posted March 12, 2014    

How Effective are New EPA/NHTSA Medium-Heavy Duty Truck Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards?

The EPA and NHTSA issued the first Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency (GHG&FE) Standards in 2011.  These GHG&FE Standards are designed to reduce new Medium-Heavy Duty (MD/HD) Trucks carbon dioxide tailpipe emissions and fuels...

Posted March 4, 2014    

Were US Energy Policies Effective in Reducing 2013 Fossil Fuels Consumption?

Total U.S. 2013 domestically produced energy supplies grew very significantly.  Energy sources, including wind & solar power and crude oil, grew at historic rates and some sources grew more slowly or declined.  Refer to a recent TEC...

Posted February 12, 2014    

When Will the Obama Administration Possibly Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline?

The Keystone XL pipeline project permit application has been delayed for multiple years.  Despite making changes to reroute the pipeline around the most environmentally sensitive watershed areas and receiving affected State’s approval, the...

Posted January 31, 2014    

U.S. 2013 Domestic Energy Supplies Growth Scorecard: Part 1

In 2013 Renewable Wind and Solar power generation individually grew by very strong levels of 22% and 34% respectively, and high carbon intensity coal power declined significantly.  These growth patterns were due to various Government regulatory...

Posted January 21, 2014    

Impacts of the EPA Certifying Sugarcane Ethanol as an 'Advanced Biofuel'

The EPA has primary responsibility for administrating the Federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2). Administrative responsibilities include setting annual targets for blending renewable fuels into petroleum motor fuels and monitoring U.S. Refiners’...

Posted January 8, 2014    

How Effective are US Renewable Power Policies?

U.S. Federal and State Governments have strongly supported expanding many forms of Renewable Power generation in recent years.  As a result, (non-hydro) Renewable Power generation has doubled since 2007.  The most successful Renewable...

Posted December 3, 2013    

Impacts of Shutting Down Most US Coal Power, Part 3

Developing EPA carbon regulations could shutdown most U.S. Coal Power possibly within 25 years.  A previous Part 2 Post describes how 80% of Coal Power could be feasibly replaced by expanding Wind+Solar Power up to a 30% penetration level...

Posted November 6, 2013    

Impacts of Shutting Down Most US Coal Power, Part 2

Editor's Note: This article marks the official launch of John Miller's new column exclusively at TheEnergyCollective.com: "Energy and Policy Developments with John Miller" will feature critical analysis of past and developing energy...

Posted October 21, 2013    

Impacts of Shutting Down All US Coal Power: Part 1

The EPA recently issued details of a pending new regulation that will substantially reduce all new Coal Power plant carbon emissions.  This proposed regulation would effectively reduce the carbon emissions of new Coal Power plants by over half...

Posted October 1, 2013    

What Would Be the Impacts of Shutting Down All Fracking?

Hydraulic Fracturing or what some refer to as ‘fracking’ is strongly opposed by a number of individuals, organizations and politicians. Opposition to the fracking technology used to recover natural gas from shale formations is due to concerns or...

Posted September 18, 2013