Natural Gas Now Best Picks – September 9, 2023
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Readers pass along a lot of stuff every week about natural gas, fractivist antics, emissions, renewables, and other news relating to energy.
This week: all-electric is zero freedom, civil society is being deliberately destroyed, collapsing off-shore wind prospects and much more.
Look for these stories below, including links to the original articles!
California is considering a bill to require electric cars be bi-directional, so the state can use them as batteries to support the grid it’s weakening by mandating all-electric everything. It’s a vicious cycle being created by vicious politicians who simply want to control our every move so we simply stay put, out of sight and out of the way of self-indulgent elites who want the bulk of the world for themselves. The article quotes this from “The Psychology of Electricity” to indicate what it’s all really about:
Now, a person can go to a gas station, put solar panels on their roof, buy propane at the hardware store, use natural gas in their home, even cut down trees to burn for heat. In other words, there are options other than electricity; there are literally millions of ways to not need to use electricity.
But imagine a literally all-electric world—you are reduced, confined, required to get the energy you need to live from one source, one centrally (by necessity) controlled source that everything you own runs on, one centrally controlled source that can cut the power to your specific home anytime it wants.
Conceivably—see China/social credit systems/central bank digital currency/“you’ll own nothing and be happy” and smart city concepts—[the] reasons for the power being cut will move beyond just being bill-related but conduct-related.
The power of energy as a social control lever is nearly limitless.
That’s it in a nutshell. EVs are intended to stop us driving anywhere. The bugs are all features in that regard.
Hat Tip: D.S.
The great Victor David Hanson explains the reality of what we are dealing with today; a blizzard of lies intended to confiscate the country and put it under elite control as the ruling class steals ever more money and power from us and accumulates ever more assets for itself.
What we are witnessing seems to be utter nihilism. The border is not porous but nonexistent. Mass looting and carjackings are not poorly punished, but simply exempt from all and any consequences. Our downtowns are reduced to a Hobbesian “war of all against all,” where the strong dictate to the weak and the latter adjust as they must. The streets of our major cities in just a few years have become precivilizational—there are more human feces on the sidewalks of San Francisco than were in the gutters of Medieval London.
The FBI and DOJ are not simply wayward and weaponized, but corrupt and renegade. Apparently the perquisite now for an FBI director is the ability either to lie while under oath or better to mask such lying by claiming amnesia or ignorance.
Immigration is akin to the vast unchecked influxes of the late Roman Empire across the Danube and Rhine that helped to finish off a millennium-old civilization that had lost all confidence in its culture and thus had no need for borders.
In other words, the revolution is not so much political as anarchist. Nothing escapes it—not ceiling fans, not natural gas cooktops, not parents at school board meetings, not Christian bakeries, not champion female swimmers, not dutiful policemen, not hard-working oil drillers, not privates and corporals in the armed forces, not teens applying on their merits to college, not anyone, anywhere, anytime.
The operating principle is either to allow or to engineer things to become so atrocious in everyday American life—the inability to afford food and fuel, the inability to walk safely in daylight in our major cities, the inability to afford to drive as one pleases, the inability to obtain or pay back a high interest loan—that the government can absorb the private sector and begin regimenting the masses along elite dictates. The more the people tire of the leftist agenda, the more its architects furiously seek to implement it, hoping that their institutional and cultural control can do what ballots cannot.
Is this the last gasp of a dying system created for the benefit of elites? Can it be undone? Do the people have it in them to resist and revolt? These are the only questions that matter
Hat Tip: R.N.
Nothing is right with off-shore wind these days and states pushing it will be forced back to natural gas at some point:
Is investor interest in committing billions of dollars to new offshore wind projects starting to wane in the United States? If the results of last week’s heavily-touted Biden administration lease sale in the Western Gulf of Mexico are any indication, that could be the case.
The auction resulted in a single tract of 102,480 acres offshore Louisiana attracting a winning bid $5.6 million from German wind company RWE. Two tracts offshore Texas that were also offered attracted no bids at all. That low bid level is a tiny fraction of the billions of dollars in bids received for leases off the northeast Atlantic coast in February, 2022.
Off-shore wind is economic idiocy and no amount of government machinations can make it happen when natural gas exists as alternative, which is why Biden and his cabal of corporatists and their ideological shills want to kill it, of course.
Hat Tip: D.B.