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Natural Gas NOW readers pass along a lot of stuff every week about natural gas, fractivist antics, emissions, renewables, and other news relating to energy. As usual, emphasis is added.
Visit any trendy urban area and you’ll find everything in a state of contradiction:
The various layers of government around here sure don’t have their talking points straight on this suddenly hot natural gas issue.
At a hearing Friday at the Seattle City Council, natural gas was cast as the new coal. Rounds of speakers decried the energy source, once considered a green alternative, as just as filthy as oil or coal and a major poison not just to the atmosphere, but inside our homes.
“It’s hard for me to believe I exposed my family to that,” City Councilmember Mike O’Brien said, citing his two sons breathing exhaust from his kitchen stove for the past 20 years. “I don’t want any other families exposed to that going forward.”
O’Brien has proposed banning natural gas hookups in new buildings starting next year, in a move to fight climate change. He signaled the ban should eventually apply to more than just new buildings.
“If we’re going to eliminate all fossil fuels in our city in the next 10 years, everyone will need to make that transition,” he said.
But meanwhile the various agencies that govern air pollution in our region continue to not only gush green praise about natural gas, but are actively paying people to convert polluting wood stoves and fireplaces to gas.
“Wood stoves, fireplaces, and other wood burning devices put out hundreds of times more air pollution than other sources of heat, such as natural gas …” says the state Department of Ecology in its promotional material designed to urge people to convert their wood fireplaces to something cleaner.
The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, which oversees air quality across a four-county region that includes Seattle, notes that gas fireplaces are 1,500 times cleaner than burning wood, and 162 times cleaner than even hyper-efficient pellet stoves. As a result, the agency is right now offering $1,500 if you convert an old wood stove or free-standing fireplace to natural gas (currently this rebate program is only available in Snohomish County).
“All the romance of a wood fire — without the smoke,” the agency enthuses about natural gas fireplaces on its website.
I know Seattle likes to be way out front on this stuff. But it doesn’t seem like the environmental regulators — the agencies actually responsible for clean air — have gotten the memo that gas is now evil.
At the least it doesn’t make sense to have one layer of government banning something that other layers of government in the same place are actively promoting — even paying folks to adopt.
Why is that our city cousins are so confused? And, why are they so authoritarian about forcing the rest of us to live by their views?
Stephen Moore offers some truths worth pondering:
The Wall Street Journal reported last week that natural gas prices “in Europe and Asia have plummeted this year to historic lows.” Meanwhile, in the United States the natural gas price is flirting with a price of $2 per millions BTUs… What is wonderful about this story is that U.S. production from places like Ohio and Pennsylvania and the Marcellus Shale is what is driving down worldwide prices. America is now the OPEC of natural gas production as our exports surge.
The production bonanza due to technologies like fracking and horizontal drilling continues to make America rich while it has shifted the geo-politics of the global energy story away from the Middle East and Russia. And America’s energy supplies are effectively a bottomless pool — with hundreds of years of reserves with existing drilling capabilities. No, we are not running out of fossil fuels.
The U.S. and worldwide shift to natural gas is reducing carbon emissions that are said to contribute to global warming. America’s emissions have fallen more than any industrial nation’s in the last two years. The per household annual savings are in the hundreds of dollars per year. Cheap gas is like a tax cut. What should policymakers conclude about this multi-trillion gift of energy wealth that God has endowed America with?
First, the keep in the ground mentality of the left, and just last week supported by the editorial page of media outlets like USA Today, is looney tunes. These assets could continue to increase America’s GDP by hundreds of billions of dollars a year for at least the next half-century. The war on fossil fuels mentality would deprive American firms, workers and the government of trillions of dollars of income and wages.
Some of this increase in wealth could and likely would be devoted to combating climate change without submerging our economy. History demonstrates over and over that making a country richer increases its level of environmental protection.
The other policy lesson of the new era of cheap, abundant, clean and made-in-America natural gas is that we do not need another penny of taxpayer subsidies for any alternative energy sources.
Natural gas is the energy source that delivers without a penny of taxpayer cost. It will force other energy sources from nuclear to coal to wind and solar to compete or whither and die.
Why does Washington continue to spend tens of billions of tax dollars looking for inferior alternatives?
We’ve been promised for 30 years that wind and solar energy will be the power sources of the future and yet when the massive tax subsidies are threatened to be taken away, the industry flaks pout that this will be the death of the industry. These are the infant energy sources that never leave the federal nest.
Zero subsidies for energy should be the rallying cry of sound 21st century American energy policy.
U.S. natural gas production continued to increase in August, setting a new daily production record of 92.8 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) on August 19, 2019, according to estimates from IHS Markit. Natural gas production also set a new monthly record in August, averaging more than 91 Bcf/d for the first time.
In the latest Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), released on September 10, 2019, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecasts dry natural gas production to average 93.4 Bcf/d from September through the end of the year. U.S. natural gas production increased by 7.1 Bcf/d (8%) between August 2018 and August 2019, led by production gains primarily in the Northeast.
Potential natural gas reserves in the United States were an estimated 3,374 Tcf at the end of 2018, a record high, according to a biennial report conducted by the Potential Gas Committee (PGC).
It was the highest resource evaluation in PGC’s 54-year history, and larger than the group’s 2016 assessment by about 20%, said the American Gas Association (AGA). The increase was due to reassessments of shale gas resources in the Northeast and Mid-Continent areas and conventional and tight gas in the Mid-Continent and Rocky Mountain areas.
“This report verifies that our nation has more natural gas than at any point in our history, ensuring that American families and businesses can rely on this clean, affordable source of energy for many generations,” said AGA CEO Karen Harbert. “The United States continues to set new natural gas supply records because of technological improvements and continued learning in gas exploration and production. Natural gas has transformed the American economy and energy future for the better. Any realistic plan to continue towards a cleaner energy future will have natural gas as a foundation.“
Unstoppable natural gas!
Unbelievable; unless you understand government, of course:
Even if Capital Region Water’s $315 million plan — called City Beautiful H20 — is fully implemented, raw sewage overflows will be reduced by only about 60 percent, officials have confirmed.
That’s not good enough, Papenfuse said, citing environmental regulators at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, who are pushing for a much larger decrease.
Much of Harrisburg’s sewer system is combined, meaning both sanitary sewage — the stuff that’s flushed down toilets and washed down sinks and bathtubs — and stormwater pass through the same pipes and treatment facility.
But the system can handle only so much water and waste, so during periods of heavy rainfall the pipes become filled to capacity. That’s when a process called “combined sewer overflow” kicks in. It activates outfalls along the system from which the full pipes can spew sewage-contaminated runoff directly into the Susquehanna River and nearby Paxton Creek.
We are governed by the worst ruling class imaginable; one that imagines responding to the Clean Air Council, Delaware PovertyKeeper and the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project is more important than treating legislator sewage before it ends up in the river.
Landowner Advocates of New York Update
Vic Furman, our buddy and guest blogger provides an update on his effort to fund a lawsuit against New York State DEC:
What is landowner Advocates of New York doing to raise money in the GoFundMe? This Wednesday morning at 9 AM, I met with several business owners at Aiello’s Restaurant in Whitney Point NY.We discussed several things on how to reinvigorate the GoFundMe me amongst business owners throughout Upstate NY.
It will take a few weeks to get the word out as we are printing flyers that will explain the lawsuit, allow peace of mind to businesses that want to donate anonymously avoiding boycotts or anti gas aggressions of any type.
If you haven’t made a donation yet and want to support L.A.N.Y. please do by clicking on the link below:
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