Posts Tagged ‘Biofuels’

Four charts showing why it’s time to end the biofuel mandate

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Source: AEI Ideas

 

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1. Through the first nine months of this year, the share of US petroleum consumption provided by imports fell to a 27-year low of only 34.9%, according to data recently released by the Energy Information Administration. That marks the first time since 1986 that net oil imports for the US have been below 35% (see chart above).

Note that when the first Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS 1) legislation was passed in 2005, increasing dependence on foreign sources of crude oil was one of the main reasons that minimum volumes of biofuels were mandated to be used in the national transportation fuel supply.  Although the US was becoming increasingly dependent on imported oil at the time, with net oil imports rising from 33.4% in 1986 to a high of 60.3% in 2005 when RFS 1 passed, the shale revolution has completely reversed that increasing dependency on imported oil in the last 8 years and brought net imports to a 26-year low. With net oil imports back to the levels of the mid-1980s, one of the main justifications for implementing the RFS has completely disappeared.

There are three more reasons that RFS 1 and RFS 2 (passed in 2007) are no longer justified, illustrated in the three graphs below. (more…)

Dangerous and Fool Hardy: Navy use of Biofuels

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

Source: Power for USA 

OPINION

Secretary of the Navy Mabus is endangering the lives of our men and women in the armed services by forcing the use of biofuels on the Navy.

He is adhering to Executive Order 13514, October 8, 2009, issued by the president that orders the Defense Department (DOD) and other agencies to cut CO2 and other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The armed services should not be used as a laboratory for experimenting with methods for cutting GHG emissions, yet Secretary Mabus has pursued this effort with a vengeance.

He has established the goal of having a nuclear carrier strike force with ships, other than the carriers, powered by biofuels. (more…)

The folly of E15 anti-hydrocarbon policies

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

EPA’s E-15 ethanol plan is bad for our pocketbooks, environment and energy policy

by Paul Driessen

The Obama Administration’s anti-hydrocarbon ideology and “renewable” energy mythology continues to subsidize crony capitalists and the politicians they help keep in office – on the backs of American taxpayers, ratepayers and motorists. The latest chapter in the sorry ethanol saga is a perfect example.

Bowing to pressure from ADM, Cargill, Growth Energy and other Big Ethanol lobbyists, Lisa Jackson’s Environmental Protection Agency has decided to allow ethanol manufacturers to register as suppliers of E15 gasoline. E15 contains 15% ethanol, rather than currently mandated 10% blends.

The next lobbying effort will focus on getting E15 registered as a fuel in individual states and persuading oil companies to offer it at service stations. But according to the Associated Press and Washington Post, Team Obama already plans to provide taxpayer-financed grants, loans and loan guarantees to “help station owners install 10,000 blender pumps over the next five years” and promote the use of biofuels.  (more…)

Earth’s Freshwater Resources of the Past Two Millennia

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Source: CO2 Science

Butchers Creek, Omeo, Victoria, Australia.

Reference
Kummu, M., Ward, P.J., de Moel, H. and Varis, O. 2010. Is physical water scarcity a new phenomenon? Global assessment of water shortage over the last two millennia. Environmental Research Letters 5: 10.1088/1748-9326/5/3/034006.

Background
The authors write that “due to the rapidly increasing population and water use per capita in many areas of the world, around one third of the world’s population currently lives under physical water scarcity (e.g. Vorosmarty et al., 2000; Alcamo et al., 2003; Oki and Kanae, 2006).” But they state that despite the large number of water scarcity studies that have been conducted over the years, “no global assessment is available of how this trend has evolved over the past several centuries to millennia.”

What was done
To fill this gaping void, Kummu et al. conducted a study that covered the period of time from AD 0 to 2005. This analysis was carried out for ten different time slices, defined as those times at which the human population of the globe was approximately double the population of the previous time slice. Global population data for these analyses were derived from the 5′ latitude x 5′ longitude-resolution global HYDE dataset of Klein Goldewijk (2005) and Klein Goldewijk et al. (2010), while evaluation of water resources availability over the same period was based on monthly temperature and precipitation output from the climate model ECBilt-CLIO-VECODE, as calculated by Renssen et al. (2005). (more…)

The climate change scare is dying, but do our MPs notice?

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Source:  UK Telegraph

by Christopher Booker

Nothing more poignantly reflects the collapse of the great global warming scare than the decision of the Chicago Carbon Exchange, the largest in the world, to stop trading in “carbon” – buying and selling the right of businesses to continue emitting CO2.

A few years back, when the climate scare was still at its height, and it seemed the world might agree the Copenhagen Treaty and the US Congress might pass a “cap and trade” bill, it was claimed that the Chicago Exchange would be at the centre of a global market worth $10 trillion a year, and that “carbon” would be among the most valuable commodities on earth, worth more per ton than most metals. Today, after the collapse of Copenhagen and the cap and trade bill, the carbon price, at five cents a ton, is as low as it can get without being worthless.

Here in Britain, as the first snows fall, heralding what may be our fourth cold winter in a row, it is time we addressed one of the most glaring political “disconnects” in our sadly misgoverned country.

Next Friday is the first anniversary of the leaking of the “Climategate” emails – the correspondence of a small group of scientists at the heart of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC). By exposing their manipulation of data and suppression of dissent, these called their reputation as disinterested scientists seriously into question. But that was only the first in a series of events that, in the past year, saw the climate scare going off the rails. (more…)

The Heretics: Lord Christopher Monckton

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Source:  Frontpagemag

By Rich Trzupek

Given the dogmatic fervor of global warming proponents, and their intolerance of skeptics who dare to question the latest commandment (see: cap-and-trade [1]) in the green scripture, it is perhaps no coincidence that the environmentalist movement sometimes seems to have more in common with theology than with science. If that is true, then the logical word to describe those scientists who have challenged environmental hysteria and extremism is “heretics.” In a series of profiles, Front Page’s Rich Trzupek [2] will spotlight prominent scientists whose “heretical” research, publications, and opinions have helped add a much-needed dose of balance and fact to environmental debates that for too long have been driven by fear mongering and alarmism. In a field that demands political conformity, they defiantly remain the heretics. Previous profiles in the series include Steve Milloy [3], Dr. Craig Idso [4], and Dr. Roy Spencer [5]. – The Editors

Monckton

Lord Christopher Monckton, Third Viscount of Brenchley, is a legend within the global warming skeptic community. The erudite Englishman was an advisor to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher when climate change theories were in their infancy. In recent years, he has been one of the most eloquent and vocal critics of Al Gore and those who echo Gore’s alarmist cries. (more…)

A question of quantities

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

From Mr. Seldon B. Graham

To The Honorable James F. Wood,
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy for Fossil Fuel.

Dear Mr. Wood,

Thank you for answering my email to Energy Secretary Steven Chu which asked for an answer to the following simple question:

  • Why is it that carbon dioxide from carbonated beverages, pets, cattle, farm animals, humans, yeast, dry ice, fireplaces, charcoal grills, campfires, wildfires, alcohol and ethanol is good, and carbon dioxide from fossil fuel is bad?

You did not provide a scientific answer to my question. However, you did state that “One of the largest sources of CO2 [carbon dioxide] emissions is the combustion of fossil fuels” and that “Combustion is considered a ‘point source’ since all the emissions from the combustion process are emitted from a chimney,” I assume that you are the James F. Wood who recently retired from Babcock Power Inc., “The Babcock that is more than just a boiler company.” (more…)