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Editorial: The EPA should not give up ground on renewable fuels

Aerial view of an Ethanol plant in South Dakota.

When the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS, was expanded in 2007, it was because it is in the nation’s best interest to create a stable market for renewable fuels, including ethanol, as a down payment on efforts to develop cleaner fuels of the future. The intent was that today’s corn-based ethanol industry would provide a necessary bridge to clean, ...

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Volatility and flash events in the oil market: Kemp


(John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own) LONDON – Crude oil prices have been more volatile this year than at any time since the financial crisis of 2008/09 and before that 1991, according to standard measures of price variability. Some of the increase in volatility is more apparent than real, however, as every $1 ...

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Louisiana editorial roundup

Louisiana in cement

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: Oct. 28 NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune on pay for New Orleans firefighters: The long-running back pay dispute between the city of New Orleans and its firefighters seemed hopelessly deadlocked in early September. Civil District Court Judge Kern Reese found Mayor Mitch Landrieu in contempt of court Sept. 4 and threatened him with house arrest if he didn’t ...

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Coming LNG wave more likely to head to Europe than China: Russell

An Liquefied Natural Gas tanker loading at Hammerfest LNG in northern Norway.

LAUNCESTON — What’s well known is that a wave of new liquefied natural gas (LNG) is about to swamp already well-supplied markets, what’s less known is how exactly these new cargoes will be absorbed. The consensus assumption has always been that China would soak up vast quantities of the super-chilled fuel, driven by rising energy demand and the need to ...

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North Dakota’s economy is no comedy skit

Photo via YouTube.

Anyone who caught the HBO skit on North Dakota could have found humor in the simplistic, slapstick one-liners, but the overall messaging is not funny. I guess I avoided watching it for a couple weeks because as a North Dakota native, I’ve nearly heard it all when it comes to our small state. Like so many in the media, HBO’s ...

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Editorial: Oregon governor should not try to tilt LNG process


Opponents of the proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal and pipeline are calling on Gov. Kate Brown to actively oppose the project, but the governor has limited power to affect the outcome. Suggestions that she should pressure state agencies to kill the project are essentially calling on her to put her thumb on the scales of a regulatory process. That ...

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U.S. diesel demand flat as freight growth slows: Kemp

(John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own) LONDON – U.S. diesel consumption has been flat this year after growing strongly in 2013 and 2014, mirroring a slowdown in inland freight movements and the worldwide slowdown in the raw materials sector. Diesel consumption measured by the Energy Information Administration’s data on distillate supplied is closely ...

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COLUMN-OPEC has stalled the shale revolution: Kemp


(John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own) LONDON – The resilience of U.S. shale producers has surpassed all expectations as they have wrung extra efficiencies out of their operations and pulled rigs back to the most prolific sections of existing plays. The shale sector’s ability to cut costs and sustain their output in the ...

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US lifts oil export ban — now what?


Q: Will lifting the ban on exporting U.S. crude oil lead to higher prices? Marney Cox, San Diego Association of Governments Answer: NO Lifting the oil export ban would lower, not raise prices in the U.S. First, not all oil is the same. The main reason to export would be to solve mismatches between domestic crude oil quality and the ...

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