Biofuel legislation, climate change drive NPRA agenda

20 March 2009 22:30  [Source: ICIS news]

Refiners meet in San AntonioHOUSTON (ICIS news)--Biofuels legislation, emissions regulations and the sliding economy will lead discussions at the 107th annual meeting of the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association (NPRA), which commences on Sunday in San Antonio, Texas.

“This year’s sessions will explore the potential for greenhouse gas regulation under existing law and the possible implications of the institution of mid-level ethanol blends,” NPRA chairman Kevin Brown said.

A coalition including the NPRA has urged the US government to take a careful scientific review of the request by ethanol producers to add more ethanol to gasoline used in automobiles and other machines. The coalition warned that more ethanol in motor fuel could damage engines.

The NPRA has also warned that proposed US greenhouse gas emissions rules could cost millions of Americans their jobs and saddle domestic manufacturers with higher costs.

Conference speakers include Sunoco CEO Lynn Elsenhans, renowned political commentators and television personalities Mary Matalin and James Carville, publisher of Forbes magazine and bestselling business author Rich Karlgaard, former president of Shell Oil and founder of Citizens for Affordable Energy John Hofmeister and bestselling author and global warming skeptic Christopher Horner.

In contrast to last year’s conference when crude oil was skyrocketing over $100/bbl, the industry now faces new challenges amid a global economic meltdown.

Attendees of the conference will hear presentations on what the future holds for refinery investment, how to squeeze more product out of the barrel and managing emissions in a more regulated operational environment.

The conference begins Sunday and runs through Tuesday.

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By: Steven McGinn
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