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    EPRINC and IER Co-Host Virtual Workshop on “Understanding the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Rule for Automobiles”

    On July 27, 2020, the Energy Policy Research Foundation and the Institute for Energy Research jointly hosted a virtual workshop on the recently adopted regulation setting fuel efficiency standards for passenger cars and light trucks. 

    Current and former officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), representatives from the auto industry, EPRINC and IER staff, and a cross section of stakeholders discussed the new rule  and its broader implications for energy markets and the future of the U.S. auto industry. 

    The video recording of the workshop can be accessed here, and the presentation from Heidi King is here and the one from Max Pyziur is here.

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  • EPRINC’s Lucian Pugliaresi and Larry Goldstein Publish a Commentary on Policy Responses to the Current Crisis in the World Oil Market in Real Clear Energy

    EPRINC President Lucian Pugliaresi and former EPRINC President Larry Goldstein have written a piece for Real Clear Energy entitled “Oil Quotas and Import Fees? No, Get America Back to Work.” In this piece, they examine the current issues in petroleum in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, as demand destruction coincides with an oversupplied market. They write about their concerns with oil quotas and import fees as realistic solutions to this issue, and provide their thoughts on a possible solution. Click here to read their article.

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  • The Impact of a Fracking Ban on Shale Production and the Economy by Michael Lynch

    Oil and gas production from the U.S. petroleum resource base has experienced an unprecedented expansion in output which has now positioned the U.S. as the world’s largest oil and gas producer. The North American petroleum production platform is soon to become a net oil and gas exporter to the world market. This rapid expansion in oil and gas production has enhanced U.S. energy security, provided greater stability to the world oil market, and conveyed sustained economic benefits to the national economy. The expansion in output has been possible through a series of advances in extraction technology including the use of hydraulic fracturing which permits oil and gas production from so-called source rock.

    Concerns over carbon emissions from sustained increases in domestic oil and gas production has now been reflected in the 2020 Presidential race, with some candidates and many public interest groups calling for an end to hydraulic fracturing. Operationally, these initiatives would include a ban on oil and gas development on public lands, prohibition of new infrastructure, such as pipelines, export terminals and even refineries. This effort, championed by several Democratic candidates for President would include features of so-called Green New Deal (GND) to quickly move that national energy complex to a fully renewable fuel system.

    In this paper, EPRINC fellow, Michael Lynch, explores the economic consequences of policies aimed at severely reducing U.S. oil and gas production. Such an estimate is important because whatever the merits (benefits) from reducing carbon emissions through oil and gas production constraints, policy makers will have to confront the costs and public acceptance of such a policy.

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    The Homeland Threat to Affordable U.S. Energy

    Lucian Pugliaresi penned an Op Ed in The Hill on the pending legal action by local California governments claiming that U.S. oil companies have created a nuisance by knowingly causing harm to the future of human life and property.  He points out that missing from the list of defendants is the federal government which had an active and aggressive program, spanning Democrat and Republican, to promote and expand domestic oil and gas production. A copy of the Op Ed can be found here.

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    The U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard Background, Controversies, & Reform, or, This Crisis, … or the Next?
    Offering a U.S. perspective at the Argus Global Gasoline Conference, EPRINC’s Max Pyziur gave a presentation on the RFS titled “An Overview of the Renewable Fuel Standard, Gasoline Blending Challenges And Pathways For Reform.” He also participated in a panel discussion on fuel quality and the potential to increase blends of ethanol, ETBE, and reformates. A copy of Max’s presentation and photos from the event can be found here.
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Is it Time for Regulatory Reform at EPA?
Scott Pruitt, the Attorney General of Oklahoma, has been nominated by President Trump to serve as the next Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.  He has been characterized as both anti-science and anti-environment, but the full story is a bit more complicated.  Lucian Pugliaresi, in a recent opinion piece for “The Hill,” outlines some of the reforms needed at EPA and why Pruitt might just be the right man for the job.  A link to the op ed can be found here.

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Auto Fuel Economy Standards: How Should We Proceed?

Lucian Pugliaresi, President of EPRINC, has asked the regulatory agencies for more time to undertake research on the recently released (by the US Environmental Protection Agency) draft Technical Assessment Report (TAR) evaluating so-called Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas emission standards for new automobiles.  A copy of EPRINC’s request can be found here. A copy of EPA’s draft TAR can be found here.

 

 

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