Register

Peak Oil is You


Donate Bitcoins ;-) or Paypal :-)


Page added on October 31, 2017

Bookmark and Share

Let’s Talk Candidly About Energy

Public Policy

Even though Americans are working more hours, many are still watching their paychecks erode and saving less money – if they are saving anything at all.

Against this current backdrop, people across the country are spending an annual average of $3,512 per person on energy, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). With the average worker making $48,664 per year, that is a staggering amount of money devoted to keeping the lights on, the house warmed and cooled and the gas tank full.

But for those living on low or fixed incomes, the burden is even more crushing, with the poorest households generally spending more than 20 percent of their income on home energy bills, and in some extreme cases, more than 50 percent.

With more than 40 million Americans living in poverty, according to the Census Bureau, and 13.5 million unemployed or searching for full-time jobs, that is an enormous number of our relatives, friends and neighbors struggling under the weight of their energy bills.

Americans deserve better. How we meet our energy challenges affects us all. While most of these people are strangers to us, we must start paying closer attention to and considering the energy costs of families – just like yours – sitting at the kitchen table trying to pay their bills.

We can’t ignore them forever. The time to help them is now.

When there is not enough energy to keep up with demand, energy prices skyrocket. The solution is sustaining energy production and improving our infrastructure. Yet, energy projects are often caught up in legal battles or — increasingly — partisan political gamesmanship that drags on for years, as anti-development groups mislead Americans into believing that they must choose between a healthy environment or access to American energy.

The truth is we don’t have to choose. We can have both.

Did you know that oil and natural gas pipelines ― despite the claims of protesters ― are 4.5 times safer than moving the same volume across the same distance by other means? Or that over 99.999 percent of what’s moved through pipelines safely reaches its destination? Or that natural gas generators can be ramped up and down quickly, which supports the integration of wind and solar into the electric grid? Or that we use natural gas for 33.8 percent of our electricity? Or that U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell by 11.5 percent from 2005 to 2015, with the country on pace to meet the Paris Accords — without governmental intervention?

In short, the beauty of energy diversity is that it pushes companies to innovate their technology, reduce emissions and operate under the highest safety standards ― and that holds true for all forms of energy, including coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear, solar and wind.

But despite the benefits of American energy development, modernized infrastructure and the diversification of our resources, energy has for some strange reason become a political hot potato. It shouldn’t be.

We all want a cleaner environment and access to affordable energy, regardless of our political affiliation. Nobody wants to pay more for consumer goods ― such as clothes, food and electronics ― because of high energy costs.

That is why Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) is launching “Campaign for America’s Energy” – a nationwide movement that engages families, businesses and lawmakers in states and communities throughout the country in a non-partisan, open, thoughtful discussion to ensure people have the information necessary to make the right calls for our shared energy and economic future.

Through that conversation, we seek to find common ground on ways to protect the environment, ensure the lowest possible prices, create greater energy security for struggling households, upgrade America’s infrastructure and push forward with cutting-edge innovations.

If there is one thing we should all agree on, it is this: We need energy to survive and thrive, and we need a clean environment.

CEA invites all concerned Americans to join our dialogue and help create solutions that not only look out for your family when you’re sitting at the kitchen table but also when you’re out enjoying the outdoors. Saying “no” and protesting everything is not a solution. Let’s work together toward real, achievable solutions that keep the lights on and the planet green.

Real Clear Energy



65 Comments on "Let’s Talk Candidly About Energy"

  1. Cloggie on Wed, 1st Nov 2017 6:01 am 

    The fake green world of renewables and continued affluence is a fraud. This is pure science denial.

    What do you know about science and technology? Go back to your real vocation: financial speculating and enriching yourself at the cost of others.

  2. Davy on Wed, 1st Nov 2017 6:07 am 

    “With retirement comes real freedom. I hope you get to experience it some3day.”

    Mad kat, with you that freedom is the fantasy that occur when old people go into pre dementia. Their mind creates fantasy to adapt to their failing faculties. You are well into that state of becoming a child again. The things you say and how you say them are a dead giveaway foe your world of unreality. Children brag about themselves and tell on others. That is you to a “T”.

  3. Davy on Wed, 1st Nov 2017 6:13 am 

    “BTW: A new Trump Tower is under construction a few blocks from my condo. Lol”

    LOL, what a fake and a fraud. You think and speak as if you are living with the poor and the simple of Asia? You talk like you have your hand on the heartbeat of Asia. Yea, you have your hand on the collapse that will be the worst in Asia because there are many more places like Manila which is a megaregion of 20MIL. You are living in the westernized portion of Manila acting as if you know the real Asia. You can’t live the real Asia or you would be on your fantasy farm today. Are you telling on yourself mad kat and not realizing it?

  4. Davy on Wed, 1st Nov 2017 6:23 am 

    “Have you ever been in Europe, boat? Have you any idea of its grandeur of art, architecture, depth of philosophy, technology, history? Do you seriously believe we want to be colonized by a former colony, run by (((those))) who seek our destruction? That’s not hate, that’s self-respect.”

    You are a fraud dumb n dutch. You want to colonize the world again. You want to blame the world for your fall from grace. You are a typical failure whining about how other did “IT” instead of looking in the mirror. All frauds are like that because they start from failure in their inner most self. You get up in the morning and look in the mirror and see something great. LOL. Instead of having humility and sobriety you preach empire and greatness. You are what is wrong in the world dumb n dutch. Your Europe destroyed this planet through its friggen ideas of grandeur and now you are saying we need more of that to clean up what others did instead of liking in the mirror and seeing that “YOU” did it. BTW, I thought you had a big job to go to. I thought this board was too much in the gutter for you. Yea, you are just like mad kat telling me he ignores me as he is telling me he ignores me. You both are old men in unreality spreading hate and bragging about how great you both are precisely because you both are failures.

  5. Cloggie on Wed, 1st Nov 2017 6:45 am 

    You want to colonize the world again.

    Complete utter lie.

    Instead of having humility and sobriety you preach empire and greatness.

    Another lie. What do you think I am, a freaking American? The days of colonialism, European or American, are over. What I do preach is white self-preservation, currently under enormous threat of that stinking US empire, that seeks to replace whitey by applying passive genocide via mass-immigration.

    You both are old men

    You are ca five years younger than me.lol

    Your Europe destroyed this planet through its friggen ideas of grandeur

    Explain? Yes we created the modern world and its endless comfort, without the intention to “destroy the planet”. We were the first to acknowledge that things were going wrong (Club of Rome) and we are seriously doing something about it:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_policy_of_the_European_Union

    But Davy is green with envy that Europe is currently superseding Amerika and that his empire, based on WW2-lies, is currently collapsing under its own weight because of imperial overstretch and mass immigration.

    Too bad for you, Davy. Go back to the prairie and attend the cows.

    Heeeehaaaa!

  6. Davy on Wed, 1st Nov 2017 6:48 am 

    “What do you know about science and technology? Go back to your real vocation: financial speculating and enriching yourself at the cost of others.”

    I know in the real world 1KW does not equal 1KW. You are a science denying fraud dumb n Dutch. I thought a real energy engineer would know that. LOL. What a dork

  7. Davy on Wed, 1st Nov 2017 6:58 am 

    “You want to colonize the world again. Complete utter lie. Another lie.”
    LOL, the liar is denying his lies. That is when lying really gets interesting when you lie about your lies!

    “Explain? Yes we created the modern world and its endless comfort, without the intention to “destroy the planet”. We were the first to acknowledge that things were going wrong (Club of Rome) and we are seriously doing something about it:”
    Dumb n Dutch, you are a science denier and a proselytizing renewable energy cultist. You want more of the same techno optimistic suicide that got us here. You want to dig the hole deeper. You are not seriously doing anything about it other than extending the unextendable modernism that Europe invented and what has killed this planet. We are stuck with it so in the sense we need to survive a few more years your renewable effort has merit but do not claim you are doing anything but digging the hole deeper.

    “But Davy is green with envy that Europe is currently superseding Amerika and that his empire, based on WW2-lies, is currently collapsing under its own weight because of imperial overstretch and mass immigration.”
    I would be like you and say “explain” but you have a WordPress revisionist puke complete with fantasy futures already prepared that spans a 3 part series. You puke this weekly and act like it is new news. You are the fake and the fraud clog. You are enemy number 1 along with mad kat. No wonder the two of you help each other across the street. It is called desperation. You are being outed and hate it.
    “Heeeehaaaa!”

  8. Davy on Wed, 1st Nov 2017 7:19 am 

    “Iceland’s Biggest Volcano Is “Ready To Erupt” As Europe Faces A Disaster”
    http://tinyurl.com/yc75s3tj

    “Last week, the 6,591-foot tall Bardarbunga, a “powerful and versatile” volcano, was rattled by the four largest earthquakes since it last erupted in 2014. The earthquakes, measuring in magnitudes of 3.9, 3.2, 4.7, and 4.7 on the Richter scale, struck the caldera region over several days last weekend. Another magnitude 4.1 earthquake hit the 200km long and 25km wide volcanic system earlier last week and several tremors struck in September. Páll Einarsson, a volcanology expert at the University of Iceland, said the latest quakes are part of a series that have been “in progress for two years”. Speaking exclusively to Daily Star Online, he said the volcano is “clearly preparing for its next eruption” within the next few years.”

    “Seven years ago Iceland’s massive Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted, spewing a choking veil of ash across Europe. Residents worry as memories of the 2014 eruption and the flight chaos caused by the 2010 eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano resurface. The deadly volcanic dust wiped out skies and grounded 100,000 flights, resulting in the economy losing £4 billion. Should an eruption of Bardarbunga take place, it’s highly possible that there would be another even more drastic air travel restriction and poorer air quality.”

  9. rockman on Wed, 1st Nov 2017 2:35 pm 

    Davy – ““Iceland’s Biggest Volcano Is “Ready To Erupt” As Europe Faces A Disaster” Not a criticism but always get the chuckles when the MSM reports such news as something of a new phenomenon. What a shock: a volcano is going to erupt in a country where ever sq ft originated from a volcanic eruption. What next: Drought hits the Sahara Desert…film at 11. LOL.

  10. Anonymous on Wed, 1st Nov 2017 4:16 pm 

    (Segue to actual oil/gas discussion!)

    Propane and butane prices are up lately at Mount Belvieu. Explains all the activity in Scoop/Stack (rich gas).

    Here is a good article on the basics of NGL barrel pricing and frac spread (cryo fractionation, not hydraulic fracturing):

    https://rbnenergy.com/talkin-bout-my-fractionation-spread-the-rejuvenation-of-natural-gas-processing-economics

    Just a good basic primer. Very light and readable (well a little effort needed, but not a research paper or something).

  11. Apneaman on Wed, 1st Nov 2017 5:13 pm 

    rockman, you have it backwards, they are not reporting as a new phenomenon, but rather an old one their country and Europe have suffered from before and could very easily suffer again, but worse because of greater population.

    How an Icelandic volcano helped spark the French Revolution

    Profound effects of eight-month eruption in 1783 caused chaos from US to Egypt, say experts

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/apr/15/iceland-volcano-weather-french-revolution

    Events in Iceland explain years of famine in Europe’s Dark Ages

    https://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21725165-song-ice-and-fire-events-iceland-explain-years-famine-europes-dark

    Poison gas cloud that killed 30,000 Britons (and it could happen again)

    We should heed the lessons, experts warn, of a little-known environmental disaster that took place two centuries ago


    Click to follow
    The Independent Online

    It sounds like the plot of a blockbuster film, but according to scientists, tens of thousands of people in this country face the threat of being poisoned by lethal gas – from volcanoes 600 miles away in Iceland.

    Research by a British academic has demonstrated how a volcanic gas cloud emanating from an Icelandic volcano killed 30,000 Britons in a hitherto little-studied environmental disaster two centuries ago.

    “People died in such vast numbers because the volcanic cloud exacerbated their respiratory illnesses,” said Dr John Grattan, a senior lecturer at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, who has been studying the impact on Britain of the eruption of Iceland’s Laki volcano in 1783.”

    http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/poison-gas-cloud-that-killed-30000-britons-and-it-could-happen-again-431991.html

  12. Sissyfuss on Wed, 1st Nov 2017 11:20 pm 

    Gaia is going to cull our herd and she has innumerable phenomena at her disposal.

  13. makati1 on Wed, 1st Nov 2017 11:27 pm 

    Sissy, I am sure we have not seen her most deadly weapons, but maybe Madagascar is a preview?

  14. Cloggie on Thu, 2nd Nov 2017 7:20 am 

    Davy – ““Iceland’s Biggest Volcano Is “Ready To Erupt” As Europe Faces A Disaster” Not a criticism but always get the chuckles when the MSM reports such news as something of a new phenomenon. What a shock: a volcano is going to erupt in a country where ever sq ft originated from a volcanic eruption. What next: Drought hits the Sahara Desert…film at 11. LOL.

    “Yellowstone super volcano is about to erupt, end of the world is neigh!”

    Buy our newspaper to read the latest!

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/861152/Yellowstone-supervolcano-eruption-hydrothermal-date

  15. Davy on Thu, 2nd Nov 2017 7:51 am 

    “Yellowstone super volcano is about to erupt, end of the world is neigh!”
    I believe that has already been well addressed in comments and I believe a headline article here. IMA, nowhere do you find me denying this so what is your extremist point agenda peddler?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *