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'So... now will we hear "Drill Baby Drill?"'


That from guest blogger Chuck at my place:

It's pretty interesting to see the following article is actually up on Salon:

Everything you've heard about fossil fuels may be wrong

Are we living at the beginning of the Age of Fossil Fuels, not its final decades? The very thought goes against everything that politicians and the educated public have been taught to believe in the past generation. According to the conventional wisdom, the U.S. and other industrial nations must undertake a rapid and expensive transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy for three reasons: The imminent depletion of fossil fuels, national security and the danger of global warming.

What if the conventional wisdom about the energy future of America and the world has been completely wrong?

Fascinating.

More at the link.


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You're second with this sto... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves Author Profile Page:

You're second with this story here on Wizbang:
The End of the [Industrialized] World Has Been Postponed

What that means is... (Below threshold)
irongrampa:


What that means is the criteria for using wind and solar as a replacement for oil just became a farce. Both energy sources are viable as an adjunct, in small, individual scenarios-- a house or small business, for example. They don't scale well at all.

As I've often said, until and unless you can find an alternative to oil that eclipses all it's advantages, look to be using it.

Drill, baby drill--you betcha.

AlGore laughed all the way ... (Below threshold)
TexBob:

AlGore laughed all the way to the bank suckas!

Now, if they would only stop mixing corn alcohol with gasoline.

Just as when 200 years ago ... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Just as when 200 years ago Thomas Malthus predicted mass starvation due to the growing world population, only to be proven a fool by history when man's ingenuity created new farming methods and hybrids of crops, today's eco fascists, who have been bleating that we are running out of fossil fuels, will be proven to be idiots when new ways to extract energy are discovered.

It never ceases to amaze that people are duped by these dooms day predictions. The same people scoff at the cultists declaring "The end is nigh", but they are no different. Then again, these idiots voted for obama so what else should we expect?

I can hear, Oh shit, how ma... (Below threshold)
recovered liberal democrat:

I can hear, Oh shit, how many times can you shoot yourself in the feet before you've shot them clean off! I think this dufus is campaigning for Joe Biden's job.

(Reuters) - Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney broke with Republican orthodoxy on Friday by saying he believes that humans are responsible, at least to some extent, for climate change.
"I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that," he told a crowd of about 200 at a town hall meeting in Manchester, New Hampshire."It's important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may be significant contributors."
In addressing climate change and energy policy, Romney called on the United States to break its dependence on foreign oil, and expand alternative energies including solar, wind, nuclear and clean coal.
"I love solar and wind (power) but they don't drive cars. And we're not all going to drive Chevy Volts," he said referring to electric cars.
The United States can not go it alone in attempting to trim emissions levels and give a free pass to countries such as China and Brazil, Romney said. "It's not called American warming, it's called global warming," he said.

Romney's only natural const... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Romney's only natural constituency is the MSM. And they won't stick with him beyond the primary.

He won't get the nomination and the comment recovered liberal democrat references is part of the reason why. In one statement he manages to piss off the warmists, who think that not immediately shutting down all fossil fuel consumption is blasphemy, and he pisses off people with brain cells, who see his weasel worded statement "that humans are responsible, at least to some extent, for climate change." to be just that: Weasel worded. He wants to be able to say that he believes in global warmism while still being able to turn around and claim that he believes that humans contribute but that it isn't significant.

People want a President who will actually stand for something. Romney is not that kind of a person.

If Romulan somehow wins the... (Below threshold)
recovered liberal democrat:

If Romulan somehow wins the nomination which he is trying hard not to get, I would vote for an orange juice can against Paddy O'bamalala. But, can we trust a President like this to stand against the "water melons" that never give up when it comes to crippling this country by using a sham like MMGW. I think not!

It's never been about energ... (Below threshold)
Don L :

It's never been about energy or clean air -it's about the socialist left taking America's keys to her faster car away.

It's all about controlling ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

It's all about controlling the proles. Get 'em hooked on rainbow-colored unicorn farts, then parcel out the energy. Purely on a "non-partisan basis", of course!

Jim M50 years from... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Jim M

50 years from now they global warmers will still be saying we are doomed because of global warming being caused by XYZ. It doesnt matter that everything they say is proven false. They simply change their mime to the situation at hand and say "these weather events (too much snow, soo little snow, too much rain, too little rain, etc is being caused by global warming. It doesnt matter that last week month or year they were saying that exact opposite weather condition was being caused by global warming.

RM,Since 40 years ... (Below threshold)
jim m:

RM,

Since 40 years ago they were bleating about the coming Ice Age I suspect that the warmists will have moved on to their latest Malthusian apocalypse.

I think we are agreed that it isn't about global warming or cooling and air pollution or acid rain or anything of the sort. It's about political control over behavior and people's lives.

Fracking will never fly, Wi... (Below threshold)
Art W:

Fracking will never fly, Wilbur. Americans don't want methane in their drinking water.

http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2011/0509/Fracking-for-natural-gas-is-polluting-ground-water-study-concludes

If the environmental conseq... (Below threshold)
James H:

If the environmental consequences can be mitigated, then let the fracking begin. I'm all for renewable energy, but I have yet to see evidence wind and solar can meet all of our needs. So if we can get to fossil fuels, let's get to them. Make the process for getting them as environmentally friendly as possible, but let's do it.

Frack... sorry Rodney... I ... (Below threshold)
Rick Author Profile Page:

Frack... sorry Rodney... I missed your piece on this...

art wIf fracking w... (Below threshold)
Hawk:

art w

If fracking will never fly it is because of liberals clipping its wings, Not because of groundwater pollution. The claim that fracking contaminates water has never been observed. Just ask Lisa Jackson the head of the EPA. She said “I’m not aware of any proven case where the fracking process itself has affected water, although there are investigations ongoing,”

The only cases were there was water contamination was attributable to poor well construction and not to the process of fracking.This is just another unproven liberal claim. such as:

global cooling
global warming
Oil supply running out
"Keynesian economics"
or Barack Obama's intelligence

May 9, 2011<blockquot... (Below threshold)
Art W:

May 9, 2011

'Fracking' for natural gas is polluting ground water, study concludes

Methane levels were 17 times higher in ground water near areas where shale-gas "fracking" wells had been drilled in Pennsylvania, compared with areas where no gas drilling had occurred, a new study has found.

Duke University researchers analyzed methane gas in 68 private ground-water wells across five counties in Pennsylvania and New York. The study cited "evidence for methane contamination of drinking water associated with shale-gas extraction."

In shale-gas extraction, water is mixed with chemicals and sand and is injected at high pressure deep into shale formations, which then releases natural gas.

http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2011/0509/Fracking-for-natural-gas-is-polluting-ground-water-study-concludes

Additional discussion: http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=11-P13-00019&segmentID=1

Fracking involves pumping a slurry of sand, water, and chemicals deep underground at high pressure – cracking open shale deposits and allowing the natural gas embedded there to emerge. The process has been hailed as a boon for US energy supplies and has boosted US natural-gas reserves in recent years.

But a growing number of residents in Texas, Pennsylvania, Colorado, and other states say the technique has fouled their drinking-water wells and even caused the tap water coming out of their faucets to smell like industrial chemicals.

cite: http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2011/0417/New-warning-of-poisonous-chemicals-in-natural-gas-hydrofracking




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