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Growing the fuel pool

12.01.2010  |  Thinnes, Billy,  Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, TX

Keywords: [latest refining news] [downstream] [biofuels] [petrochemicals] [oil] [associations] [analysis]

Whether refiners like it or not, the drumbeat for renewable fuels grows daily. The building momentum for such fuels is boosted by government mandates and regulations. Unfortunately, the tidal wave for renewables is barely hindered by rational objections pointing out that these new fuels have low BTU content and questionable greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions savings when compared to petroleum. Still, renewables are the future and it is important for the refining industry to understand them and read the tea leaves governing where renewable fuels standards will be taking us in the future.

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