Thursday, June 02, 2011
So says a very interesting article in Salon, which rounds up the news that is familiar to those of us who think the oil and gas industry is awesome, but which has not yet worked its way in to the MSM narrative.
I would submit that the earth is actually making more fossil fuels even as we speak. The idea that a mass of dinosaurs died in one spot to make millions of barrels of oil is ludicris. That the earth is grinding and cooking more now is believable if you look at the simple power of volcanos.
What is interesting to me about that last article, (in Salon of all places!) is not the article itself; I have already read several studies showing the massive amounts of fossil fuels that may become available via fracking technology.
No the REALLY interesting part is found in the comments section! As loudly as the watermelons (green on the outside, red on the inside) are screaming, trying to deny the facts, one would think someone kicked them somewhere tender!
For myself, I really want to find a way to invest in gasoline-to-compressed natural gas conversion kits for vehicles. Much sooner than figuring out how to make dense enough batteries for an "electric" car, I hope that all the vehicles on the road will have that little sticker "CNG" on the fueling port. I hope that I'm not overlooking some obvious problem, other than some engineering...
By "electric" powered cars, we must remember that the electricity comes from somewhere else. We should really call them "coal" powered cars because that is really how most of the electricity we use commercially is produced (supplemented by some nuclear, hydroelectric, and minimal amounts of wind and solar).
We will continue to improve our ability to burn hydrocarbon fuels more cleanly and efficiently. The hysteria around carbon emissions is not necessary. Cap and Trade is a scam. CO2 is a natural part of our atmosphere, and makes the plants grow. It is self-regulating over time if you look at geological history shown in ice core samples.
I'm with Cas, the comments are the best part.
Last week Obama's own EPA head testified that there's no proven evidence that fracking for natural gas affects drinking water. But all the junk scientists are saying the contrary -- its the new AGW! And all these lefties believe it! And they say I'm stupid.
"We have met the enemy, and he is us"
The comments are a tell. You can't reason with the Greens, most of them anyway. They've managed to put us on course to have a declining American economy, where we burn more coal domestically, and where we'll have a dirtier planet. Well played ...
Another domestic energy fight is developing over our pipeline from Canada. Some recent leaks are being used as an excuse to stop expansion. The State Department is getting involved.
Mitt Romney just announced that he believes in AGW, and wants to cut CO2 emissions. This follows his continued support for ethanol subsidies. Obama in whiteface, indeed.