It’s been a while since we published an Ethanol Update, so let’s not waste any time with small talk. Let’s get right to it:
EPA’s flawed MOVES model
The Urban Air Initiative published a great piece this week on why the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) MOVES model is flawed against ethanol. From the piece:
The MOVES 2014 Model uses input data that came from the results of something called the EPAct Study. The EPA conducted the EPAct Study to better understand the effects of fuel property changes on vehicle emissions. However, the test fuels used in the EPAct study were irrationally match blended, and not at all a reflection of consumer or real world fuels.
You can read the full piece here, which includes information on why auto industry experts are even critical of the methods used by EPA in establishing its MOVES model.
A message to EPA: Get real on emissions and clean fuels
Keeping with the EPA-has-no-clue-when-it-comes-to-renewable fuels theme, Doug Durante, Executive Director of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition, writes that it’s time for EPA to get real about emissions and clean fuels. An excerpt:
The collective message to EPA from the public should be to get real! As in real world. They rely on computer models, estimates, guesstimates, spreadsheets, and incomplete science when we have real world data and more effective testing methods available to us like actually driving the vehicle and actually measuring emissions….Yet, when ethanol is added to finished, consumer gasoline that already contains ethanol, lots of positive things happen. Octane increases while aromatics and toxics are reduced. Carbon Monoxide, Sulfur, CO2, and Particulates go down. This is real, and splash blending ethanol onto finished E10 is the methodology and gauge EPA should use, because that is how it would most efficiently enter the market.
The full column can be read here.
EPA’s RFS cuts threaten farm income
A new white paper released this week by the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and National Farmers Union details how EPA’s proposed cuts to the Renewable Fuel Standard are a real threat to farm incomes and rural economies throughout the United States.
From NCGA President Chip Bowling:
“Our country’s farmers and biofuels producers have met the challenges of the RFS, investing in renewable fuel production and creating jobs in rural America that can’t be outsourced to other countries. Thanks to the RFS, we are helping to reduce foreign oil dependence with clean, secure American-made renewable fuel. However, the EPA’s weakened proposed rule has hurt farm income across the country – the USDA has projected net cash income for American farmers and ranchers to decline by 26 percent this year. Now is not the time to break our commitment to America’s farmers. It’s time to put forth a strong RFS so we can continue moving our country forward and bolster farm income in our rural communities.”
The white paper is available here.
Social media infographics
If you’re looking for an effective and easy way to stand up and speak out for homegrown ethanol on social media, be sure to share these infographics from our friends at Fuels America. Here is an example of one of the infographics:
DOE study: ethanol increases engine efficiency
Perhaps EPA could learn a thing or two from the Department of Energy (DOE).
According to a new DOE study, higher ethanol blends would play a crucial role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving engine efficiencies. One of the study’s conclusions states that higher octane fuels that contain higher amounts of ethanol would “enable downsizing, downspeeding, and change air boosting of the engine to improve fuel economy. And it has the added benefit of reduced greenhouse gas emissions.”
The full report can be viewed here.
Anti-ethanol amendment defeated in the Senate
Anti-ethanol stalwart Patrick Toomey (R-PA) attempted to tack on an amendment to an unrelated bill in the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs that would have eliminated corn ethanol from the Renewable Fuel Standard.
The amendment was soundly defeated by a 15-7 vote. However, the fact that the amendment was even introduced serves as another reminder that Big Oil and its cronies like Sen. Toomey will do whatever it takes to eliminate fuel choice, increase its grip on our wallets at the pump and send America’s energy policy backward if ethanol’s supporters do not continue to stand up and speak out.
The National Corn Growers released a statement on the defeat of the Toomey amendment that can be read here.
Fueling the fight against breast cancer
Through Oct. 31, all Minnoco retailers are donating 2 cents of every gallon purchased of unleaded plus/E15 toward breast cancer research. Look for the pink nozzle and select the fuel designated by the pink decals.
Find a Minnoco location near you, fill up with E15, and support breast cancer research through Oct. 31.
RFA’s new app
If you’re looking for an app that combines ethanol advocacy, information, fact, figures, and more into one convenient app, be sure to download the Renewable Fuels Association’s new Advocacy Mobile App.
Full details on the app and how to download it can be found here.
Where to find higher ethanol blends
If you’re wondering where you can fill up with E15, E85 or other higher ethanol blends, go to www.mnfuels.com for a map and list of stations. You can also download the Minnesota Biofuels Association station locator app.