Friday, June 17, 2011

Drill Here, Drill Now?

You would think with our problems assuring we have sufficient energy to run our society, there would be a push to exploit our enormous natural gas reservoirs.  I'm sure you've heard that in the last decade, discoveries of new ways of extracting natural gas from rocks has increased our projected gas reserves spectacularly.   I've read we have enough gas to run the country for a hundred years.
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I have a good friend who left the electronics industry rat race a couple of years ago; moved north and settled on a farm in some of the new natural gas country (and I've got to say that's a very tempting idea).  She sends me this interesting news item:
On May 20, the Department of Energy gave approval for Cheniere Energy Inc. to export 2.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day from its Sabine Pass, La., port terminal - the first approval of overseas export of U.S.-produced gas from the lower 48 states.
I can see why Cheniere might want to do that.  If they can get a better price from countries that don't have gas, I can see why they'd want to export their product.  But Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens, said,
"So here we are, we’re exporting our clean-burning fuel (nat gas) and importing dirty oil… We’re gonna go down as the dumbest crowd in history…"
I've got to say I've thought that....  Then I realized T Boone is optimistic.  We're going to go down in history as the nation that committed suicide by being so afraid to use any form of energy that we just laid down and died.  Sort of like the people of Miranda.
"These are just a few of the images we've recorded. And you can see, it wasn't what we thought. There's been no war here and no terraforming event. The environment is stable. It's the Pax. The G-23 Paxilon Hydrochlorate that we added to the air processors. It was supposed to calm the population, weed out aggression. Well, it works. The people here stopped fighting. And then they stopped everything else. They stopped going to work, they stopped breeding, talking, eating. There's 30 million people here, and they all just let themselves die."
In our case it's the environmental nuts, fruits and flakes, not the Pax. 

5 comments:

Borepatch said...

Look at the states in the east coast where there's tons of gas and high unemployment. Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, into New England.

If the GOP can't win this, they really are the Stupid Party:

"If elected, if the EPA will no grant permits to extract gas from Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York, I'll fire them."

BS Footprint said...

Well, we were hard if not impossible to beat, militarily.

So we had to be broken morally and spiritually. And that has been accomplished, in large part.

It seems we've lost the will to survive, as a society, anyway. All but a small percentage of people, that is.

gardenserf said...

Next time you hear something like this, drop me an email.

Scott said...

T. Boone speak with forked tongue. Perhaps if he hadn't been in WDC for the past decade having a lickfest with greenies and socialists to get funding for his stupid wind farms, and plump his wind farms to the rubes, we might not be this far down the road. That guy really burns my ass.

Graybeard said...

On the off chance that readers today or some months from now don't know what Scott's talking about, a few years ago, T. Boone Pickens made a very public push to harvest the winds of the Texas/Oklahoma plains.

In reality, it was at least partly a subtle attempt to get water rights to the entire Ogallala aquifer, the biggest aquifer in the central US. His efforts to obtain imminent domain rights to run a pipeline from the Texas panhandle/Oklahoma border down to Dallas-Ft.Worth showed the real intent. Of course, any wind farm in that area is going to require long transmission lines to get the power onto the national grid. I'm sure it's just a coincidence he wanted to run water pipelines and powerlines together.