Natural Gas – 100 Years Ago Today, July 29, 1922!
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Natural gas news from a hundred years ago offers great perspective for discussing one of the cleanest sources of energy available then and still today.
I thought it might be fun and illuminating to look back 100 years ago at what was happening with natural gas. It is eye opening, given all we’ve learned over the last century and, of course, there is little new under the sun. Consider these 100-year old news items (emphasis added):
- Sand, Glass, Lampshades…What Can’t Natural Gas Do?
- And, Natural Gas Is Super-Dependable, Too!
- Meanwhile, Kentucky—Coal Country—Sees Natural Gas Blossom!
- Your Gas Mains Are Too Small to Cook My Breakfast!
Sand, Glass, Lampshades…What Can’t Natural Gas Do?
Who’d have thought it? Natural gas was critical to making lamp shades and the glass used in them.
Well, melting sand is hardly easy, is it? Few other resources provide such heat so quickly or cheaply and that remains true today, which is why woke t-shirt manufacturers silently use it to recycle plastic and dry the printed product, of course.
And, Natural Gas Is Super-Dependable, Too!
Coal has the disadvantage that to produce it in large quantities makes it vulnerable to labor and other issues, whereas natural gas keeps coming through an underground pipeline:
And, yes, steel, like glass, isn’t made without the high temperature fuel that natural gas produces so quickly and inexpensively. Natural gas allows rapid starts and restarts as the above made clear a century ago.
Meanwhile, Kentucky—Coal Country—Sees Natural Gas Blossom!
Once again, we see what a blessing natural gas to the areas that produced it:
The fact Kentucky was and is still coal country casts even more favorable light on natural gas and what it has to done to produce a century of progress for all Americans.
Your Gas Mains Are Too Small to Cook My Breakfast!
A good hearty breakfast is essential to good health and a good attitude but natural gas was the key for these folks:
We can’t get enough pancakes, eggs and sausage it seems and it takes more than a six inch natural gas pipe to put it all on the plate!
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