America’s Fossil Fuel Feast

Currently, America is experiencing a fossil fuel feast. Not only is American coal mining experiencing a revival, but also, the petroleum industry just got a boost from a new oil find in Alaska.

“Spanish oil company Repsol SA said on Thursday [03/09/17] that it had discovered a giant oil field in Alaska, a potential find big enough to help stem production declines in the state. Repsol said two wells drilled this winter with Denver-based partner Armstrong Oil & Gas, Inc. indicate that recent discoveries in an area that lies between existing operations in the state’s North Slope could hold as much as 1.2 billion barrels of oil.”

Should Americans celebrate these achievements in the fossil-fuel industry?

Answer: Absolutely!

Yes, fossil fuels are non-renewable fuels, which is why the Earth’s supply will eventually run out.

Still, I see no reason why Humans shouldn’t be using the stuff while it is still available.

I’d say that it would be foolish not to use fossil fuels while they are still available.

Residents of the USA’s northeast still need fuel oil to stay warm during frigid weather. Electric furnaces can’t provide sufficient heat for people in the coldest regions of the nation, and people living in those regions can’t simply pack up and move to warmer areas.*

People living in warmer regions aren’t in much better shape. American engineer and architect John Van Doren writes, “Our building codes and energy standards were conceived in the context of cheap and abundant fossil fuels. For the most part, we have built thinly insulated and poorly constructed homes believing that cheap energy was an infinite commodity that could be exploited for generations to come.”

In short, Americans just aren’t ready for life without fossil fuels. So, bring on the coal and the discoveries of more crude oil while scientists, engineers and architects figure out how future Americans will live without the stuff.

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*Regarding the use of electricity to heat homes, the Maytag HVAC website states that an electric heating system “May have to strain to reach heating demand (in some areas), particularly if you are pairing an air handler with an air conditioner.”

The Airforce Heating & Air company of LaGrange, Georgia states, “When outdoor temperatures are frigid, an electric heating system may sometimes struggle to maintain a high indoor temperature.”

The Hatton’s HVAC company of Tennessee gives this warning: “Electric units are best for warmer climates. Once it gets cold, they have to work harder to produce heat and will never get quite as warm as a gas unit will. With electric heating, you may even find that the air is cold at the beginning and end of the air’s cycle. Many people will end up having to get some sort of backup heat to keep the house warm during harsh winter temperatures.”

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  • Retired military

    I’m sorry. But umm what is the point of this post? Not trying to knock the content just wondering why David felt the need to post it.

    • Brett Buck

      Because he apparently feels it necessary to periodically spew any random thoughts that pop into his head. It’s hardly the first time.

      Don’t worry, he will soon post something contradictory to this to maintain his precious “balance”. Maybe something about how we are past “peak oil”. Can’t be seen to harbor a strong position about anyone or anything.

      • Walter_Cronanty

        Ex. A. America’s “future generations” are facing an “oil famine” – AND – this generation must “help future Americans be ready for that famine.”

    • jim_m

      Because he is an idiot.

      Because he cannot understand that we have only been using fossils fuels for less than 2 centuries and we have hundreds of years to go before the reserves we currently know of are exhausted.

      And because he has no concept of the capacity of mankind to innovate and avoid the problems he says we are destined to suffer from.

      David is an ignorant neo-Malthusian and believed that tragic crises are inevitable and man lacks the capacity to avoid them unless mankind goes backwards and civilization is rolled back.

  • yetanotherjohn

    Iron is a non-renewable resource and I think we should continue to use it until we need to use something else.

    p.s. Same thing for stones.

    • jim_m

      That is the point. Then enviro left wants to eliminate modern society. And, yes. After driving us back to the stone age will complain that stones are a non renewable resource and we should stop using them

      • yetanotherjohn

        You sir obviously have no concept of the energy and psychic benefits of unicorn farts. If you did, you would not be bitterly clinging to your gas can, but joining the left in wanting our society powered by nothing but unicorn farts.

      • Retired military

        They will also complain about the starving masses and the fact that they are cold in the winter and hot in the summer.

        • yetanotherjohn

          It is only because of the hate in the hearts of republicans that the masses starve, freeze in winter and broil in summer.

  • Vagabond661

    Heating and gasoline are but a few of the products that come from crude oil.

    Here is a partial list. It would behoove us to continue exploring, refining, and drill, baby, drill.

  • Brian Brandt

    We never run out of the most important resource.

    Human ingenuity.

    • yetanotherjohn

      Especially when human ingenuity is used to fuel the great engine that has lifted more people out of poverty than all the left’s programs combined … capitalism. When we need a replacement for petroleum, it will be capitalism that makes the replacement realistic. When you distort capitalism by mandates or subsidies, you hinder proper allocation of resources and actually can harm what you are trying to help.

      • Brian Brandt

        Here here.

  • Paul Hooson

    The U.S. either needs to be completely oil and natural resources self-sufficient as Russia is making covert moves in oil exporters such as Egypt and Libya as other major Mideast oil exporters such as Iran. Russia is taking advantage of weak leadership in our government and an isolationist “America First” foreign policy not very interested in countering Russian moves that could deny the U.S. foreign sources of oil and natural resources such as essential minerals for manufacturing. Mr.Trump needs to put to rest all the scandals, prove some backbone at opposing Russian attempts to gain influence over foreign oil and minerals, as well as have some actual foreign policy in place that recognizes the importance of good standing U.S. relations with any foreign state that commands natural resources that the U.S. may need to purchase if demand warrants. Without full energy and natural resources independence, the U.S. is very vulnerable and cannot allow Russia to dictate the terms.

    • Retired military

      We could be completely energy independent if the leftist kooks would actually get out of the way of nuclear energy.
      Obama made Russia more powerful by denying things like the pipeline, as well as his war on coal, natural gas, and the oil industry.

      • Paul Hooson

        I’m in favor of the pipeline project as well as nuclear power, as energy independence is absolutely an essential for national security.

    • Vagabond661

      “The U.S. either needs to be completely oil and natural resources self-sufficient as Russia is making covert moves in oil exporters such as Egypt and Libya as other major Mideast oil exporters such as Iran.”

      What? I can’t make head nor tails of this statement. It’s like it was cut and pasted from different sources and jammed together.

      • Paul Hooson

        Russia is using special opts troops in civilian clothing with the hope of gaining political influence in oil producing states like Egypt and Libya, besides Russia’s relationship with Iran. Many years ago, Egypt believed that they could trust Russia, where the United States was much better to have strong relations with. The U.S. cannot lose the ability to purchase foreign oil. The Obama Administration used sanctions against Russia for their aggression in the Ukraine, but now Russia may be attempting to impact our foreign oil purchasing ability, choking our economy and way of life.

        • Vagabond661

          What’s Putin’s take on Green Energy?

          We don’t need to look at alt energy sources right now because they are not profitable. Dump the money into exploration, drilling, pipelines and refineries if you are really seeking independance from foreign oil.

          What’s weird about your post is you say we need to be self sufficient with our energy then also fight russia for control of the world’s oil.

          EDIT: There are times i believe you and David are the same person.