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Gasolinegate Help A Reporter Out (HARO)

Society of Environmental Journalists Conference HARO Issue Brief: Why is EPA [Still] So Secretive: Benzene in Gasoline is the New Lead and Forever Chemical

  • Provides an overview of the challenges and issues regarding the unnecessarily high levels of Benzene, Toluene methylbenzene, Ethylbenzene, Xylene dimethylbenzene, and other aromatics in gasoline.
  • Story ideas, numerous links to supporting research, and subject matter expert support for interviews and quotes.

Environmental and Energy Study Institute

In Gasolinegate, the True Cost of Gasoline Far Exceeds What We See at the Pump” Emily Phillips, March 22, 2024

CFDC The Real Cost of Gasoline… is to Our Health Issue Brief

  • Authored by Senior Advisor for Climate Solutions at the United Nations Foundation Reid Detchon, and former Chrysler Director of Regulatory Affairs Reg Modlin, the paper makes a compelling case that the EPA has to go beyond its past practice of regulating vehicles alone and address the composition of gasoline as well. Enabling the use of low-carbon, high-octane fuels in existing vehicles would achieve immediate reductions in emissions from mobile sources that are impossible to realize in any other way.  Moreover, corn ethanol with its low carbon and high octane, if used in higher concentrations like an E30 blend, could reduce aromatic content by 40%.

CFDC Reality EV: No Silver Bullet Issue Brief

  • This brief overviews the challenges with the EV adoption timeline, consumer acceptance, the vulnerability of federal incentives, and why gasoline needs to be cleaned up in the meantime.

CFDC Next Generation Fuels Act Issue Brief Issue Brief

  • These brief overviews proposed federal legislation to improve the national gasoline standard by increasing the minimum octane standard and restricting benzene and other aromatics in gasoline to reduce mobile source toxic emissions.

CFDC What’s in our gasoline is killing us Mobile Source Air Toxics (MSATs) and the Threat to Public Health Issue Brief

  • This brief reviews information and references hundreds of studies that illustrate the negative health impacts of mobile source emission from benzene and other aromatics in gasoline.

Clean Fuels Development Coalition et al, Comments to EPA to increase the minimum octane standard of gasoline and reduce benzene, BTEX, and aromatics in 2012, 2017, and 2018, and a series of letters to the former director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality Christopher Grundler, from Doug Sombke, President of the South Dakota Farmers Union)

Additional Research Papers and Citations to Validated Issue Comparison Studies in Gasolinegate

Energy Balance & Carbon Reduction: Gasolinegate, Chapter 5. Ethanol Myth Busters: Combating Disinformation Campaigns, pp. 77. Citation: Clean Fuels Development Coalition. 2019. “Ethanol Fact Book.”

Total Societal Cost of Gasoline: Gasolinegate. Chapter 2. The True Cost of Gasoline: Consumers Pay the Ultimate Price.

Food vs. Fuel and Land Use: Gasolinegate, Chapter 5. Ethanol Myth Busters: Combating Disinformation Campaigns 1118 120, 122, 123 (see citations and Taheripour, Farzad, S. Mueller, H. Kwon, et al. May 2022. “Response to Comments from Lark et al. Regarding Taheripour et al. March 2022 Comments.” May 25, 2022. Argonne, Illinois: Argonne National Laboratory. Accessed September 27, 2022.

Impact on Gasoline Prices: Gasolinegate, Chapter 2. The True Cost of Gasoline: Consumers Pay the Ultimate Price

Impact on Air Pollution: Urban Air Initiative. 2018. “New Studies Show Ethanol Reduces Emissions and Improves Air Quality.” Urban Air Initiative.

The Ethanol Papers. Rauch, Marc. 2019. United States: Dialog Press.

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