We are living in 2012, which means we have been repeatedly subjected to the wild fluctuations of energy commodity prices. We should be all too aware now that these resources are finite, and that we should be looking for alternatives to them, while there is time. In this year of incredible extreme weather, you’d also think that maybe we’d be ready to wean ourselves from fossil fuels as fast as we possibly can.
But that’s not what we do. We deny what we see and hear around us, and jump on the plentiful fossil fuel of the day like there’s never going to be an end to it. Why stop polluting, and stop our exposure to the volatility in foreign lands, when we can just go on like tomorrow will never come?
In an era when the Federal Republic of Germany is getting fully half of its electricity from renewable sources, we’re still dicking around with fossil fuels.
Any politician that isn’t pushing HARD to wean us from fossil fuels is a traitor to his (or her) country, and should be making little rocks out of big ones somewhere. This is absolutely insane. We DO have the technology, and we DO have the resources, to make significant changes RIGHT NOW. And we have a history that tells us that this is what we ought to be doing.
And yet, we don’t. Because we’re stupid people who continuously let ourselves be scared into sending Narcissistic morons back to Congress, in spite of knowing full well who they REALLY represent.
Maybe we deserve whatever we’re going to get.
Manufacturers warned Congress today that they are worried the nationwide push to use more natural gas to generate electricity and fuel cars will leave them paying more for the fossil fuel they use to power plants and create other products.
Paul Cicio, president of the Industrial Energy Consumers of America, said the group “is becoming very alarmed at the ever-increasing potential demand and over reliance on natural gas.”
Energy companies are taking advantage of technological advances in drilling to harvest natural gas from dense rock formations across the U.S., potentially tapping what analysts widely describe as a 100-year supply of the fossil fuel.
But Cicio warned that natural gas’ potential abundance could be illusory and is jeopardized by environmental regulations that could encourage utilities to abandon coal in some plants and new mandates on drilling. Additionally, at least eight companies have asked the federal government for approval to begin exporting liquefied natural gas.
“While we have an abundant supply, it appears that we also have explosive potential demand due to the suite of EPA regulations on the electric utility generators that could shut down 81,000 megawatts of coal-fired power generation,” Cicio told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. “Manufacturing is also concerned about the growing threats to continued robust and economic production of natural gas.”
Critics worry that all of those factors threaten to send natural gas prices upward and could put the fossil fuel on the same price roller coaster it has ridden for decades. Manufacturers that use natural gas to fuel their plants and as a building block to make other products were hit hard by volatile swings in prices over the last two decades, which last peaked over $15.00 in 2005.
In its hearing today, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee was studying the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel, amid questions about the federal government’s role in propelling new technologies and establishing infrastructure to support the transition.
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a critic of proposed natural gas exports, said it is important for the U.S. to find “that sweet spot where companies really do have that sense of stability in order to make these long-term changes.”
The only “sweet spot” most US politicians, or corporations, care a damned bit about is the one that fattens their wallets. There isn’t a whole lot more of this greedy treason that this society can withstand, and survive.