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rickgthf
Senior Advisor

Here's our chance to get higher blends

https://www.agriculture.com/news/business/rfs-is-definitely-a-priority-for-this-administration-says-...

Quote: "Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe suggested that Regan should wait for a Supreme Court decision before ruling on RFS exemptions requested by refineries. The ethanol industry says the EPA should abide by a year-old appellate court decision that would greatly restrict the use of these so-called “hardship” waivers.  Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth accused the Trump administration of “a cynical betrayal of the Midwest” by granting dozens of RFS waivers." 

  I wonder how much those "hardship" waivers cost the Oil industry?  And they still got ruled illegal.  Look what happened to the price of oil when Keystone got shut off, went up $20. Biden did the American oil producers in Texas & North Dakota one huge favor.  $40 per barrel was barely breakeven for tight oil, now they're getting $60.

  Now, renewables have a chance to break through the 10% blend level.  Say what you want, corn ethanol has 1/3 the carbon footprint of gasoline and with sequestration, it could be zero.  Electric passenger vehicles are the future of this country but they're not making anywhere nearly enough to replace the existing fleet anytime soon.  And with higher blends, we increase the thermodynamic efficiency of engines and further reduce the overall carbon cost of the fuel. 

  If Brazil can mandate a 27% blend and run an actual fleet average 50%-fleet blend, we can do a lot better here.

 

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k-289
Senior Advisor

Re: Here's our chance to get higher blends

Pipeline  Politics  are  a  convenient  talking  point  distraction,  deflecting  from  the  issues  of  property  taxes &  budgeting  appropriations  -  -  -

Simple  thing  being  why  wouldn't  the  Canadians  refine  the  product  themselves, then  export  the  finish product ?

The  conversation  being , don't  export  raw  products ,  rather,   extend  the  supply  chain  and  keep  those  jobs  at  home - ?          

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lsc76cat
Veteran Advisor

Re: Here's our chance to get higher blends

Impossible to build a refinery in the US.  Probably harder in Canada.  Is there an existing one to expand?  Few mountains to cross going west to BC.

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k-289
Senior Advisor

Re: Here's our chance to get higher blends

Saskatoon   -  Edmonton  -  Jasper  -  Vancouver , pipeline,  along  side  of  tracks , Trans Mountain Expansion Project , somewhat similar to Moffett Tunnel example in US - - - 

Although  not in our back yard kicks in , so  Texas  refinery destination apply's  , with  export  facility's at hand - - -

Panama Canal route for a route to  the next, final  destination - - - 

Philipsburg  Kansas  has  a mothballed  refinery & a few other sites - GOOGLE will explain it, with corn refinery's being built in  several locations the last few years  - - -   

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rickgthf
Senior Advisor

Re: The Canadians have been

The Canadians have been railing crude to the East Coast refineries for years, right down through the Adirondacks, nothing stopping them now.

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