The Problems with the Ethanol Mandate


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It has been ten years since Congress passed the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which mandates the use of biofuels such as ethanol. Rep. Billy Long of Missouri has an excellent op-ed examining the ways this legislation failed to live up to expectations:

Despite their pure intentions, 2007 policymakers’ economic predictions have proven inaccurate and the overall program has fallen short. Concerns over gasoline usage decline have taken priority over those of inflated fuel demands, and innovations of new cellulosic biofuels has come more sluggishly than hoped. The Environmental Protection Agency has continuously adjusted the mandated fuel additive volumes downward in light of lower demands. 

So while dependence on foreign oil sources declined as hoped, RFS cannot claim credit. Also, experts like those from the National Academy of Sciences, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Congressional Budget Office cannot conclude that renewable fuels have delivered on lessened greenhouse gases. 

As Rep. Long points out, the RFS has not worked as predicted. In fact, its ethanol mandate could cause significant problems for consumers.

It is good to see growing bipartisan support in Congress to address these issues. One bill, HR 5180, would cap the amount of ethanol that must be blended into our fuel. This legislation is a good start to begin fixing this flawed mandate. Have you asked your member of Congress to support it?

Local Battle Loom in 2017


Categorized in: Colorado, Domestic Oil, Infrastructure, Jobs, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, National, New England, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, West Virginia, Wisconsin

Happy New Year! We’re excited about the opportunities in 2017 for Energy Citizens to support job creation, strengthen our nation’s security, and keep energy affordable.

All eyes are now on Washington, but the fact is that we must prepare for challenges across the states. As part of a larger effort to shut down American oil and natural gas, anti-energy activist plan to battle critical pipeline projects and pro-energy policies at the local level.

“The opposition is going to be much more local, much more focused.” — Anti-Energy Leader Jane Kleeb

But communicating to government alone will not win the day. We also need to reach out to members of our communities… to friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and our social networks. It’s important that we talk about why energy is important to us and why we need policies and leadership that support American energy development.

As a first step in highlighting the importance of energy to our local communities, it would be great if you would share your story. How is American energy helping your family, community, and state? Share why you’re standing up for American energy.

As we move forward, we’ll be asking you to share your views—and your story—with others so that pro-energy voices can be part of policy discussions.

A Manufacturing Resurgence Thanks to Shale


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U. S. manufacturing is starting to thrive once again. As University of Michigan economist Mark Perry explains, American shale gas production deserves much of the credit for this great news:

The impact of the shale revolution is profound because the economic growth it continues to produce is not confined to any single region of the U.S. Cheap natural gas is strengthening energy security across the country and is fueling a resurgence in manufacturing – particularly the most energy-intensive industrial products, such as iron and steel, bulk chemicals, petrochemicals, plastics, cement, petroleum refining, glass, paper and food products.

Why is shale gas production so important to manufacturing? It’s because manufacturing is very energy-intensive. With more shale gas being produced here, it has lowered the cost of energy for American manufacturers:

Adjusted for inflation, the cost of electricity to industrial users in the U.S. is lower this year than almost any year in history. Compared to 2008 in the early days of the shale revolution, industrial electricity prices are 17 percent lower today. That’s because virtually every new power plant constructed in recent years has been fueled with natural gas. Gas plants are relatively inexpensive to build, and gas prices are projected to remain low for many decades.

During the election year we heard a lot about creating more American jobs. Let’s make sure to ask the candidates where they stand on natural gas production and the use of natural gas in power generation. If they don’t advocate for pro-energy policies or for allowing markets, not government mandates or incentives to dictate our power generation mix, it’s hard to see how they can be serious about job growth in the U.S. For our economy to continue to grow, we need to make sure that candidates running this year support oil and gas production and the market-driven use of more natural gas to generate electricity.

Do you know where your Members of Congress stand on KXL?

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The Keystone XL Pipeline is the first priority of the new Congress.

We’ve been waiting for this Pipeline for six years now. It’s time our elected officials do the right thing and vote yes! It’s extremely important that all Energy Citizens send their Members of Congress a letter today to tell them:

  • There is no reason to stand in the way of American energy security.
  • There is no reason to play politics with Keystone XL.
  • There is no reason to delay 42,000 American jobs.

 

This can be the year that we change history and get Keystone XL approved by the United States Congress. Please contact your Representative and Senators today and urge them to go on the record in support of Keystone.

More Delay Thanks to Activists who Flout the Law

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There’s a lot of talk about hydraulic fracturing but little action thanks to anti-hydraulic fracturing activists who may be breaking the law by lobbying without registering with the New York state government.

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By Josh – Energy Citizens New York

The headline in the Poughkeepsie Journal is appropriate: “Lots of talk, little movement” in the hydraulic fracturing  (“hydrofracking”) debate. As the paper points out, “In mid-February, state Health Commissioner Nirav Shah signaled he would complete his review of hydraulic fracturing and shale-gas drilling in the ‘next few weeks.’” It’s been over a month since he said this, and there is still no movement on the issue. Why not?

Maybe it’s because groups like “Artists Against Fracking” have been so successful in pressuring Gov. Cuomo to continue delaying any decision on hydraulic fracturing regulations. Their lobbying of the governor has certainly produced results, but they may be breaking state law.

According to news reports, any group that spends over $5000 in trying to influence the state government must register with the state government. There is no record of “Artists Against Fracking” having done this

These groups don’t to be content to merely ignore the truth about the safety of hydraulic fracturing. They also seem to be ignoring state law.

The governor should ignore the misinformation being put out by groups like “Artists Against Fracking” and listen to the science and the residents of New York. If he did, he would end the long delay that has plagued this process and promptly allow the shale gas revolution to come to New York.

Don’t Miss Your Chance

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Energy Citizens, Tomorrow, March 7th, is the last day to submit your comment to the State Department.

 

Radical anti-energy activists are putting an enormous amount of political pressure on the President to reject the pipeline. That’s why it’s so important you add your voice to the debate.

Energy Citizens have submitted 170,771 comments, but we are still 29,229 from reaching our new 200,000 comment goal.

 

Take one minute today to submit your comment – before it is too late.!

35,469 People Can't be Wrong

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Energy Citizens set a goal of 150,000 comments generated in support of the Keystone Pipeline. Well, we are happy to report that after a week, we have submitted almost 40,000 comments.

 

The bad news? We are still 110,000 comments away from our goal. If you haven’t had a chance to send in your comment yet, please take a moment to do so!

 

We also wanted to make sure all Energy Citizens got a chance to see this video.

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While Republicans and Democrats don’t agree on much these days, they do agree that the Keystone Pipeline should be approved.

Five Years. Five Reports. It’s Time to Build the Keystone XL Pipeline

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BREAKING NEWS: The State Department has opened a thirty-day comment period for public input on the Keystone XL Pipeline, following the release of its fifth and hopefully final environmental impact statement (EIS) on Keystone.

The verdict of the EIS? The Keystone XL Pipeline will have a negligible impact on the environment and will generate thousands of American jobs. It's clear the time for delay tactics is over.

Before President Obama makes his decision, his State Department will review all the comments submitted by the public regarding the Pipeline. President Obama and Secretary Kerry need to hear from you today!

The Keystone XL Pipeline is the most studied pipeline in our nation's history. More than five years later, all that is left to green-light construction of the Pipeline is for President Obama to determine that the project is in our nation’s interest. Take a moment to tell him how America will benefit from the jobs and energy security Keystone offers.

We only have 30 days to show our support for Keystone XL. We need you to act today and tell President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry that it’s time to build!

Five Years. Five Reports. It’s Time to Build the Keystone XL Pipeline

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Categorized in: California, Florida, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin

BREAKING NEWS: The State Department has opened a thirty-day comment period for public input on the Keystone XL Pipeline, following the release of its fifth and hopefully final environmental impact statement (EIS) on Keystone.

 

The verdict of the EIS? The Keystone XL Pipeline will have a negligible impact on the environment and will generate thousands of American jobs. It’s clear the time for delay tactics is over.

 

Before President Obama makes his decision, his State Department will review all the comments submitted by the public regarding the Pipeline. President Obama and Secretary Kerry need to hear from you today!

 

The Keystone XL Pipeline is the most studied pipeline in our nation’s history. More than five years later, all that is left to green-light construction of the Pipeline is for President Obama to determine that the project is in our nation’s interest. Take a moment to tell him how America will benefit from the jobs and energy security Keystone offers.

 

We only have 30 days to show our support for Keystone XL. We need you to act today and tell President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry that it’s time to build!

New York fracking ban continues under new energy plan

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New York’s newly released energy plan says nothing about reversing the state moratorium on hydraulic fracturing.

 

Karen Moreau, executive director of the New York Petroleum Council, said the lack of a fracking statement is consistent with Gov. Cuomo’s crackdown on official comments about fracking but out of touch with other elements of the energy plan. In an email, she wrote:


It’s ironic, however, that the metrics suggested in New York’s 2014 energy plan for improving energy affordability, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and providing a more resilient and flexible grid are all made possible by the abundant supply of natural gas produced by Marcellus Shale development in neighboring states.

 

New York consumers and businesses benefit from the affordable energy and cleaner air that domestic natural gas production made possible by fracking provides, but the fracking ban denies New York the economic growth and job creation that neighboring states are experiencing.

 

For example, as Kyle Isakower of API recently pointed out, a new study finds that shale energy development in Pennsylvania will create more than 220,000 jobs in 2020.

Why not New York?