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Verleger said that oil prices would be $15 to $40 a barrel higher than they are today without ethanol added in

A new analysis shows that American consumers are saving anywhere from millions to even trillions of dollars annually at the pump thanks to ethanol blends.
According to the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) -- which presented information from former Ford and Carter administration energy advisor Philip Verleger -- American consumers are paying between 50 cents and $1.50 per gallon less for gasoline due to the addition of ethanol blends (such as E15, which is 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline). 

The analysis further said that consumers are saving from $700 billion to about $2.6 trillion annually on gas because of ethanol. 

Verleger said that oil prices would be $15 to $40 a barrel higher than they are today without ethanol added in. 
“Had Congress not raised the renewable fuels requirement, commercial crude oil inventories at the end of August would have dropped to 5.2 million barrels, a level two hundred million barrels lower than at any time since 1990,” said Verleger. “The lower stocks would almost certainly have pushed prices higher. Crude oil today might easily sell at prices as high as or higher than in 2008. Preliminary econometric tests suggest the price at the end of August would have been $150 per barrel.” 

AAA said the national average is about $3.50 a gallon and the cost per barrel is around $100-$110.

E15 in particular has been a hot topic this year. In August, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) froze a planned bump in ethanol levels that was set for next year. The freeze came after state efforts to ban E15, and House debates on whether to cut the blending requirements entirely.

In 2012, only 4.55 billion bushels of corn was used to produce ethanol, which was down from 5 billion bushels in 2011.  About 13.33 billion gallons of ethanol was produced last year, missing the goal of 15.2 billion gallons.

Ethanol opponents say the use of ethanol blends takes away from the nation's corn crops, and livestock farmers saw the cost of feed inflated by having to compete with ethanol. In addition, environmentalists say corn ethanol produces more emissions over its life cycle than oil.

Furthermore, ethanol can damage many old vehicles (and even some new) on American's roads because parts in the engines made of rubber, plastic, metal, and other materials aren't made for high ethanol blends. 

Later in August of this year, big oil firms filed a request to cut the ethanol target for 2014. The EPA announced that refiners must blend in 18.15 billion gallons during 2014 under The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007's (EISA) Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) terms. The oil industry, however, wants that target to be slashed 3.35 billion gallons to a total of 14.8 billion gallons. 

Source: Ethanol Producer

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By overlandpark4me on 9/25/2013 10:11:34 PM , Rating: 2
It's worse on your car's motor, it's worse for your MPG, and YOU DON'T RAID YOUR FOOD SUPPLY FOR FUEL, PERIOD. You want to lower prices? You start with production at home, and force the current tard in chief from catering to Saudi interests. The problem is, he doesn't want prices lower.

RE: propaganda.
By MadMan007 on 9/25/2013 11:40:38 PM , Rating: 1
Catering to Saudis? I think you have the current president confused with his predecessor. Also, domestic oil and natural gas production is higher now than it's ever been...not that we should give any president *direct* credit for that, the industry has innovated a lot, but the current president isn't doing anything draconian to stop it either.

RE: propaganda.
By freedom4556 on 9/26/2013 3:07:28 AM , Rating: 3
Actually, it's directly in spite of Obama. He is interfering with drilling and fracking on federal lands.

RE: propaganda.
By MadMan007 on 9/26/2013 7:28:50 PM , Rating: 2
Did you actually mean to post this graph, or did you just cherry-pick the wrong graph? Look at 2000-2004.

RE: propaganda.
By FITCamaro on 9/26/2013 8:54:13 AM , Rating: 2
Please Obama is just as interested in catering to the Saudis as Bush was.

But as the other commenter said, domestic oil and gas production is higher in spite of Obama right now. All those leases were signed before Obama took office. And they're trying to get more regulations on fracking and trying to stop more drilling from happening.

RE: propaganda.
By Monkey's Uncle on 9/26/2013 9:50:04 AM , Rating: 2
Hey bud. Fossil fuels are non-replenishable and are running out.

You don't like using land space for growing fuel crops, please provide an alternative that can be used TODAY. C'mon bud.

Let's hear you proposal. The world is waiting upon your genius to spring forth the solutions for the world's energy problems.

Unless you have a real solution, stop whining like a little puppy.

RE: propaganda.
By ClownPuncher on 9/26/2013 1:25:49 PM , Rating: 2
...petroleum until we can cut the red tape to roll out Thorium reactors near every major city.

RE: propaganda.
By mindless1 on 10/10/2013 11:56:12 PM , Rating: 2
Then why delay the inevitable? Let's go ahead and use the petroleum until there's only enough for manufacturing, not enough for fuel, THEN make a unified switch to ethanol by which point we will have likely converted a large portion of the world's vehicles to electric.

Further there exists a possibility that chemistry may provide us with a way to produce ethanol from sunlight that leaves out the corn entirely, allowing for a controlled and more automated process that uses less energy.

Then again, I think it'd be kinda cool if we all went back to riding horses, but then we have to grow crops to feed them instead.

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