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Yacobucci, Brent D.

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Works: 58 works in 218 publications in 1 language and 2,146 library holdings
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Most widely held works by Brent D Yacobucci
Sport utility vehicles, mini-vans and light trucks : an overview of fuel economy and emissions standards by Brent D Yacobucci( Book )

18 editions published between 1999 and 2004 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fuel ethanol : background and public policy issues by Brent D Yacobucci( Book )

30 editions published between 1999 and 2013 in English and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ethanol plays a key role in policy discussions about energy, agriculture, taxes, and the environment. In the United States it is mostly made from corn; in other countries it is often made from cane sugar. Fuel ethanol is generally blended in gasoline to reduce emissions, increase octane, and extend gasoline stocks. Recent high oil and gasoline prices have led to increased interest in alternatives to petroleum fuels for transportation. Further, concerns over climate change have raised interest in developing fuels with lower fuel-cycle greenhouse-gas emissions. Supporters of ethanol argue that its use can lead to lower emissions of toxic and ozone-forming pollutants, and greenhouse gases, especially if higher-level blends are used. They further argue that ethanol use displaces petroleum imports, thus promoting energy security. Ethanol's detractors argue that various federal and state policies supporting ethanol distort the market and amount to corporate welfare for corn growers and ethanol producers. Further, they argue that the energy and chemical inputs needed to turn corn into ethanol actually increase emissions and energy consumption, although most recent studies have found modest energy and emissions benefits from ethanol use relative to gasoline. The market for fuel ethanol is heavily dependent on federal incentives and regulations. Ethanol production is encouraged by a federal tax credit of 51 cents per gallon. This incentive allows ethanol -- which has historically been more expensive than conventional gasoline -- to compete with gasoline and other blending components. In addition to the above tax credit, small ethanol producers qualify for an additional production credit. It has been argued that the fuel ethanol industry could scarcely survive without these incentives. In addition to the above tax incentives, the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (P.L. 109- 58) established a renewable fuels standard (RFS). This standard requires the use of 4.0 billion gallons of renewable fuels in 2006, increasing each year to 7.5 billion gallons in 2012. Most of this requirement will likely be met with ethanol. In the United States, approximately 5.4 billion gallons of ethanol were consumed in 2006. Thus, the RFS will likely lead to a doubling of the U.S. ethanol market between 2005 and 2012. Some analysts believe that this program could have serious effects on gasoline suppliers, leading to somewhat higher fuel prices. The Senate-passed energy bill, H.R. 6, would expand this mandate to 13.2 billion gallons in 2012 and 36 billion gallons in 2022. Further, by 2022, the bill would mandate the use of 21 billion gallons of "advanced biofuels," defined as "fuel derived from renewable biomass other than corn starch." House energy legislation that may come to the floor the week of July 30, 2007, could address the RFS and other ethanol-related issues. Other issues of Congressional interest include support for purer blends of ethanol as an alternative to gasoline (as opposed to a gasoline blending component), promotion of ethanol vehicles and infrastructure, and imports of ethanol from foreign countries. This report supersedes CRS Report RL30369, Fuel Ethanol: Background and Public Policy Issues (available from author)
U.S. automotive industry : policy overview and recent history by Stephen Cooney( Book )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles : issues in Congress by Brent D Yacobucci( Book )

17 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles are seen by proponents as integral to improving urban air quality, decreasing dependence on foreign oil, and reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. However, major barriersespecially economicscurrently prevent the widespread use of these fuels and technologies. Because of these barriers, and the potential benefits, there is continued congressional interest in providing incentives and other support for their development and commercialization. Alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles have been addressed early in the 111th Congress, as both the House and Senate versions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (H.R. 1) contained provisions supporting their development and deployment. While some of these provisions were removed in conference, the final version still contains provisions for tax incentives, federal grants and loans, and other federal support for alternative fuels and advanced vehicles. The 111th Congress is likely to further discuss alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles as it addresses other key topics. These include their role in any federal policy to address climate change, and their role in federal energy policy. The 111th Congress may also play an oversight role in the development of major regulations: the Environmental Protection Agencys implementation of the renewable fuel standard enacted in 2005, and expanded in 2007; the Department of Transportations implementation of new fuel economy standards enacted in 2007; and the Department of Agricultures implementation of a new Farm Bill enacted in 2008. In the 110th Congress, alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles received a good deal of attention, especially in discussions over U.S. energy security
Alternative transportation fuels and vehicles : energy, environment, and development issues by Brent D Yacobucci( Book )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Automobile and light truck fuel economy : the CAFE standards by Brent D Yacobucci( Book )

16 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On April 6, 2006, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a final rulemaking for sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and light duty trucks beginning with model year (MY) 2008). The rule restructures the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) program for light trucks to establish standards based upon vehicle size, as opposed to the current program with one average standard for all light trucks. It marks a significant change to the CAFE program for trucks. The sharp rise in gasoline prices during spring 2006 focused attention on the CAFE standards for passenger cars, and the fact that NHTSA does not have the same latitude to make changes to passenger car CAFE or the passenger car CAFE program. For trucks, the agency established two different tracks that manufacturers can follow for model years 2008-2010 -- meeting an "unreformed" or "reformed" CAFE standard. In MY2011, all manufacturers will have to meet the reformed standard. The unreformed light-duty truck standards are a fleetwide average of 22.5, 23.1, and 23.5 mpg for model years 2008, 2009, and 2010, respectively. Manufacturers opting for the reformed standard will be required to meet a range of standards depending on vehicle size. Starting in MY2011, the reformed light truck CAFE standards, with a range of 21.8 to 30.4 mpg, will apply to all manufacturers. NHTSA estimates that under the reformed system, light trucks will average 24.0 mpg in MY2011
Climate change legislation in the 108th Congress by Brent D Yacobucci( Book )

5 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Climate change legislation in the 109th Congress by Brent D Yacobucci( Book )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hydrogen and fuel cell vehicle R & D : FreedomCAR and the President's hydrogen fuel initiative by Brent D Yacobucci( Book )

8 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

FreedomCAR and the Hydrogen Fuel Initiative (originally named FreedomFuel) are two complementary government-industry research and development (R & D) initiatives that promote the development of hydrogen fuel and fuel cell vehicles. Coordinated by the Department of Energy, these initiatives aim to make mass-market fuel cell and hydrogen combustion vehicles available at an affordable cost within 10 to 15 years. However, some questions have been raised about the potential effectiveness of the initiatives. This report discusses the organization, funding, and goals of the FreedomCAR and Fuel partnerships, and discusses legislation relevant to the partnerships. It will be updated as events warrant
Ethanol and biofuels : agriculture, infrastructure, and market constraints related to expanded production by Brent D Yacobucci( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

High petroleum and gasoline prices, concerns over global climate change, and the desire to promote domestic rural economies have greatly increased interest in biofuels as an alternative to petroleum in the U.S. transportation sector. Biofuels, most notably corn-based ethanol, have grown significantly in the past few years as a component of U.S. motor fuel supply. Ethanol, the most commonly used biofuel, is blended in nearly half of all U.S. gasoline (t the 10% level or lower in most cases). However, current biofuel supply represents less than 4% of total gasoline demand. While recent proposals have set the goal of significantly expanding biofuel supply in the coming decades, questions remain about the ability of the U.S. biofuel industry to meet rapidly increasing demand. Current U.S. biofuel supply relies almost exclusively on ethanol produced from Midwest corn. In 2006, 17% of the U.S. corn crop was used for ethanol production. To meet some of the higher ethanol production goals would require more corn than the United States currently produces, if all of the envisioned ethanol was made from corn. Due to the concerns with significant expansion in corn-based ethanol supply, interest has grown in expanding the market for biodiesel produced from soybeans and other oil crops. However, a significant increase in U.S. biofuels would likely require a movement away from food and grain crops. Other biofuel feedstock sources, including cellulosic biomass, are promising, but technological barriers make their future uncertain. Issues facing the U.S. biofuels industry include potential agricultural "feedstock" supplies, and the associated market and environmental effects of a major shift in U.S. agricultural production; the energy supply needed to grow feedstocks and process them into fuel; and barriers to expanded infrastructure needed to deliver more and more biofuels to the market. This report outlines some of the current supply issues facing biofuels industries, including the limitations on agricultural feedstocks, infrastructure constraints, energy supply for biofuel production, and fuel price uncertainties
Accelerated vehicle retirement for fuel economy : "cash for clunkers" by Brent D Yacobucci( Book )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ethanol imports and the Caribbean Basin initiative by Brent D Yacobucci( Book )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Climate change : federal laws and policies related to greenhouse gas reductions by Brent D Yacobucci( Book )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Boutique fuels" and reformulated gasoline : harmonization of fuel standards by Brent D Yacobucci( Book )

3 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The current system of gasoline standards in the United States is complex. Because of federal and state programs to improve air quality, and local refining and marketing decisions, suppliers of gasoline face many different standards for fuel quality. As a result, fuels are formulated to meet varying standards. State and local decisions overlap with federal requirements, leading to situations where adjacent or nearby areas may have significantly different standards. These various fuel formulations are often referred to as "boutique fuels." In this system, supply disruptions can result if fuel from one area cannot be used to supply another area."--Page 2
Greenhouse gas reduction : cap-and-trade bills in the 110th Congress by Larry Parker( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Proposals to advance programs that reduce greenhouse gases have been introduced in the 110th Congress, and one bill, S. 2191, was reported on November 1, 2007, by the Subcommittee on Private Sector and Consumer Solutions to Global Warming and Wildlife Protection of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. In general, these proposals would create market-based greenhouse gas reduction programs along the lines of the trading provisions of the current acid rain reduction program established by the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. This paper presents a side-by-side comparison of the major provisions of those bills and includes a glossary of common terms
Accelerated vehicle retirement programs in Japan and South Korea : background for Congress by Bill Canis( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biofuels incentives : a summary of federal programs by Brent D Yacobucci( Book )

4 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This report outlines federal programs that provide direct or indirect incentives for biofuels. For each program described, the report provides details including administering agency, authorizing statute(s), annual funding, and expiration date
Climate change legislation in the 110th congress by Jonathan L Ramseur( )

in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Congressional interest in climate change legislation has grown in recent years. In the 110th Congress, Members have introduced numerous bills that directly address various aspects of climate change. These bills cover a wide spectrum, ranging from climate change research to comprehensive greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions cap-and trade programs. Additional bills focus on GHG reporting or registration, or on power plant emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) as part of wider controls on pollutant emissions. As of the date of this report, Congress has enacted two broader pieces of legislation -- an omnibus energy bill (P.L. 110-140) and a comprehensive appropriations act (P.L. 110-161) -- that include climate change provisions. Both statutes increase climate change research efforts; P.L. 110-161 directs the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop regulations that establish a mandatory GHG reporting program that applies 'above appropriate thresholds in all sectors of the economy' In addition, in December 2007, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works reported a bill that would establish an 'economy-wide' GHG reduction program."
Energy provisions of the farm bill : comparison of the new law with previous law and House and Senate bills by Brent D Yacobucci( )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Climate change : costs and benefits of the cap-and -trade provisions of h.r. 2454 by Larry Parker( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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