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Refiners “Won’t Get Fooled Again” by Projected Product Demand Increases

The Who’s single, “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” released in 1971, cautioned against political revolutions, which (especially in the developing world) often don’t deliver on all their promises.  Though we do our best, the same can sometimes be said regarding petroleum

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A Loophole in the Duck Test – Winter RBOB

By Elizabeth Hilbourn and Robert Auers Many people, particularly politicians, like to use the popular “duck test” when making a point about a particular issue or object – “If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck,

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E10 – “I Won’t Back Down”

By John Auers and Elizabeth Hilbourn The original Renewable Fuel Standard (first passed in 2005 and expanded in 2007) called for ever-increasing volumes of renewable fuels to be blended into U.S. transportation fuels.  The most notable of these were, of

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Will OPEC Continue to “Walk the Line” and Other Thoughts Following Last Week’s Vienna Meeting

The Following Turning Point blog is provided by Brian Milne, Editor and Product Manager at DTN, a leading source of analysis serving commodity oriented industries.   Now in its third year, there is increasing evidence an oversupplied global oil market

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Renewable Fuels- the moldable fuel

By: Elizabeth Hilbourn and Wei Li  We can all remember playing with silly putty.  If you rolled it into a ball, it would bounce.  If you pushed it onto a newspaper cartoon, it would pull off the image, which you

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“Roll with the Changes” – Europe’s changing views on Diesel

By Robert Auers Europe originally began promoting diesel over gasoline in the 1990s primarily as a way of decreasing carbon dioxide emissions.  This is a result of the higher efficiency achieved in diesel engines due to their lack of spark

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“Things Have Changed” – Market Changes Since the Last Major Hurricanes and How that is Affecting Impacts of Harvey

By:  John Mayes and Robert Auers Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to all of the residents of the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast that are beginning to recover from the devastating impacts of Hurricane Harvey.  The storm

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“Ridin’ the Storm Out” – Harvey’s Impacts on Refineries and Lessons From Past Storms

By: John Auers, John Mayes and Robert Auers Our thoughts and prayers are for all of the residents of the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast that are feeling the devastating impacts of Hurricane Harvey.  As Harvey continues to linger in

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Internal Combustion Engines – “The Reports of My Death Are Greatly Exaggerated.”

By Robert Auers Mark Twain is often famously (mis)quoted as having said, “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated” after hearing of his own obituary being printed in a major American Newspaper in 1897.  Twain, meanwhile, was alive and

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Merchant Refineries- Monkey in the Middle

By Elizabeth Hilbourn and John Auers Monkey in the Middle is a throwing and catching game for a small group where players try to keep the ball away from one player (the “monkey”).  Merchant refineries may feel a bit like

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