No easy fixes for California’s isolated fuel market

Reuters Feb. 19, 2015 By Rory Carroll The explosion that shut a major Los Angeles oil refinery on Wednesday sent shockwaves through the local gasoline market, sparking higher prices, largely because California’s fuel infrastructure is isolated by geography and environmental rules. Despite the shortage of easy fixes for a state that is seeing fewer refineries […]

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U.S. EPA to propose biofuels standards this spring

Reuters Feb. 19, 2015 By Chris Prentice The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to offer a proposal for Renewable Fuels Standards for 2014, 2015, and 2016 this spring, and will use actual production levels to determine last year’s mandated volumes, an official said on Thursday. The agency will address all three years at once and […]

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The Jones Act is an antiquated, protectionist law

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Feb. 8, 2015 By Charles T. Drevna If Sen. Bob Casey is concerned about the impact of repealing the Jones Act (“McCain’s Quest to Change Maritime Law Could Impact Pennsylvania Shipping Industry,” Jan. 30), he should be more concerned about the potential devastating effect that lifting the ban on crude exports, without repealing […]

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The protectionist Jones Act vs. US economic freedom

The Hill Feb. 6, 2015 By Bryan Riley Countries with low trade barriers are more prosperous than those that restrict imports. That’s not an opinion. It’s fact, fully documented in the “2015 Index of Economic Freedom,” published just last month by The Wall Street Journal and the Heritage Foundation. That’s why Congress should get rid […]

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Four U.S. lawmakers begin second effort at biofuels reform bill

Reuters Feb. 4, 2015 A group of Republican and Democratic lawmakers will begin their second attempt on Wednesday to introduce a bill that would reform the Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) program in the United States, targeting an end to ethanol fuel-blending mandates. The lawmakers said the bill would eliminate requirements for corn-based ethanol blending and […]

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Fuel standard moved forward despite GOP opposition

The Daily Astorian Feb. 2, 2015 By Hillary Borrud Democrats in the Oregon Legislature pushed ahead Monday with a low-carbon fuel standard bill, despite objections from Republicans who said they should wait for an investigation into first lady Cylvia Hayes’ paid work for a group that supports the standard. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Diane Rosenbaum, […]

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US oil railcar market collapses as foreign crude makes comeback

Reuters Feb 2, 2015 A years-long bidding war for trains to haul crude oil across North America has abruptly ended, with more than a dozen mile-long unit trains now parked in Midwest stockyards and tank car lease rates halving from last summer’s peaks. While overall oil-train traffic remains near record highs, the shadowy industry that […]

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