Posted by Chuck Standfuss on Sep 10, 2018

Can the United States achieve energy independence? Erin Roth, Executive Director of the American Petroleum Institute, Minnesota and Wisconsin, was the speaker at the downtown Saint Paul Rotary luncheon last week. Answering this question was one of the key topics Mr. Roth covered Tuesday, August 28th. Other topics were the coming change in regular gasoline from E-10 to E-15 ethanol content and whether pipelines are the safest and most economical means to transport oil and gas.

Club 10 Business Report
President John Chandler rang the bell to bring the meeting to order at 12:16 p.m. on a late summer day in downtown Saint Paul. David Laird led the assembled Rotarians in singing America, the Beautiful accompanied by Past President Bob Jones on the piano-like machine. Laurie Murphy provided today's Inspirational Minute, a tribute to recently passed U.S. Sen. John McCain. Jason DeKeuster facilitated the introduction of visiting Rotarians and guests of Rotarians. Today's greeter was Francis Luikart.
President John provided a reminder that the Rotary Youth Exchange Student, Anna Mori, arrived on Saturday, August 25th and would appear at an upcoming luncheon. He also reminded the assemblage of the upcoming Past Presidents’ Dinner on August 30th and the special Club Meeting and Photo to be taken on the Padleford Dock/Boat at the Tuesday, September 25th luncheon. President John emphasizes the need for a special turnout for this meeting so that we can have a good representation of the Club in the Club Photo, the first taken since the 1930’s. Sink the Ship! He also asked Rotarians to make up missed luncheons at other Clubs this year continuing his display of the historical Club List starting with featured original clubs, this week highlighting Club #2, San Francisco. August birthdays and member Club milestones were then recognized.
Scott Van was asked to promote the upcoming Rose Sale. Your Scribe (Chuck Standfuss) was today’s “Get to Know Your Rotarians” featured guest. I was also given the opportunity to promote the first of our new Fellowship Happy Hours for this program year. The event begins at 4:00 p.m. at the Ratskeller at Summit Brewing on Thursday, September 13th. Additional details will be released soon.
President John then returned to the rostrum to introduce Valdi Stefanson for an update to the Club on the World Community Service Committee. Valdi drew a distinction between this effort and District Grants. He described the effort that he and Jim Field were involved with in Guyana. This was a project in the Amerindian jungle villages. Unfortunately, the relationship with the villages ended because of terrible government corruption. The next project success was in Nicaragua where 48,500 people were served. The best success has happened in Bolivia with these projects, especially after Segundo Velasguez joined Club 10: Laguna Sulti; Jusko Molle (partnered with Duluth Harbortown Rotary Club); Choqeuchombi; and Omereque (70 farm ponds and 20 surface wells). One outcome has been to train irrigation farmers on wiser use of resources. What is next for Club 10? The Committee has reserved funds for our next Global Grant. Valdi and other Rotarians have a visit coming up to cultivate a relationship with Rotary Club in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Valdi concluded by stating that these projects are best when our Club is served.
Past President Jay Pfaender came forward to promote the program for the first meeting after the Labor Day break and to introduce today’s speaker. After the break, our speaker will be Dave Therkelsen. He will build on his recent StarTribune editorial regarding the United Way and philanthropy.
Jay then introduced today’s speaker, Erin Roth, Executive Director of the American Petroleum Institute, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The primary corporate members of the Institute are: 3M; Pentair; New Star Energy; EXXON; Mobil; Conoco; and Phillips Petroleum. Mr. Roth provided a thumbnail sketch of America’s oil and natural gas industry: 25% of refining capacity is in the Gulf Coast; 62% of crude oil came from the Middle East 25 years ago; now it primarily comes from Canada. Canadian crude is classified as “heavy” crude.
The last significant new refinery built in the U.S. was built in 1977. At one time, there were 300 refineries in the U.S. Due to the philosophies such as NIMBY (“Not In My Back Yard”) and BNAW (“Build Nothing Any Where”), no new refineries can be sited in the U.S. at present. As a result, there are now 200,000 miles of pipeline in the U.S. Pipelines better than railcars. Currently, the Embradge Line from Bemidji-Grand Rapids-Cloquet is being taken care of with “band aids” and needs to be replaced. Environmental impact statements have been completed.
Mr. Roth then discussed the new fuels that are being developed. He raised the concept of the “Ethanol Blendwall:” the point at which the production of ethanol can affect the available feed level for livestock producers (“the blendwall”). E10 fuel is warranted by car manufacturers for use in car engines. E15 fuel use is prohibited in motorcycles, boats, and small engine equipment. E15 fuel is not the same as E85. FlexFuel engines are made for E85 fuel. No engines are made specifically for E15.
President John thanked Mr. Roth for his presentation and presented him with a Club 10 recognition certificate and noted that a donation would be made in his name to the Saint Paul Public Library's "Reading Together" program. Also, Mr. Roth was presented with a Rotary coin inscribed with the Rotary "Four-Way Test." President John then led those assembled in a recitation of the Four-Way Test ("Is it the Truth? Is it Fair to all concerned? Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships? Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?"). He then rang the bell to close the meeting at 1:15 p.m.





Chuck Standfuss, Scribe