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Attitude is a Choice Attitude is a Choice

Attitude is a Choice

The New Year is off to a great start and I choose to say so.

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On the top of my list of New Year’s resolutions is to be less tolerating of negative people.  I came to the conclusion that somewhere along the line I became conditioned to accept negative people for who they are as if they are a protected class or culture. The quiet head-nodding or placating the occasional habitual whiner is what a leader does to demonstrate compassion and patience right?  

Reeling in Vehicle Recalls Reeling in Vehicle Recalls

Reeling in Vehicle Recalls

Fleets Need to Make Recall Management a Priority

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Managing vehicle recall notifications is serious business. In each case, a specific vehicle issue has been discovered that could affect the safety of the operator, passengers or general public.  Why then, do a considerable number of recalls remain open despite the manufacture’s dire warnings and notifications?  Recall management is a real and growing problem for fleet operators...

Power outages disrupt Midcontinent and Gulf Coast petroleum markets (2/24/2021)

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Beginning February 13, 2021, a major winter weather system characterized by extreme cold spread across much of the Central United States, disrupting energy systems and causing serious health and safety issues. The extreme weather particularly affected Texas, where utility customers experienced widespread outages and rolling blackouts. The severe weather persisted through much of the week, putting significant pressure on the petroleum complex along the U.S. Gulf Coast, where the infrastructure has rarely needed to accommodate sub-zero temperatures, as well as some states in the Midcontinent. Several Texas refineries accounting for a significant share of total U.S. refining capacity fully or partially shut down, numerous inland crude oil wells closed, and oil pipeline infrastructure was disrupted. The extreme cold also affected petroleum product pipelines; production and refinery operations in the Midwest and inland regions of Texas; and briefly disrupted maritime traffic along the Houston Ship Channel, a crucial waterway for crude oil and petroleum product trade flows. ...

Ethanol and biomass-based diesel RIN prices approaching all-time highs (2/18/2021)

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The prices of renewable identification number (RIN) credits—the compliance mechanisms used for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—have been steadily rising in recent months and are approaching their highest nominal levels in the history of the program (Figure 1). The corn ethanol (D6) RIN price reached more than $1.00 per gallon (gal) in late January and early February 2021, the highest price since 2013 when the D6 RIN price reached an all-time high. Similarly, the biomass-based diesel (D4) RIN price, applied to volumes of both biodiesel and renewable diesel fuels, approached $1.20/gal during the same period. Although the RFS Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) for 2021 have yet to be released, RIN prices have been increasing because of limited fuel production as a result of lower fuel demand related to responses to COVID-19, fewer approved new Small Refinery Exemptions (SRE) since 2018, and uncertainty around future RFS levels. ...

EIA forecasts the United States will return to being a net petroleum importer in 2021 and 2022 (2/10/2021)

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More petroleum (including crude oil and refined products) was exported from the United States in 2020 than was imported. U.S. net imports (gross imports minus gross exports) of petroleum declined from 670,000 barrels per day (b/d) in 2019 to an estimated -700,000 b/d in 2020. The U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) February 2021 Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) estimates that 2020 marked the first year that the United States was a net petroleum exporter on an annual basis. Declining net imports of crude oil primarily drove this change from being a net importer to a net exporter (Figure 1). In 2021 and 2022, EIA expects the United States to return to being a net petroleum importer, averaging 230,000 b/d in 2021 and 550,000 b/d in 2022. ...