natural gas

More on the lack of peak oil

Yesterday we explored the lack of peak oil.

I also found an interesting recent article on the topic at Real Clear Politics.

In a chilling 2010 column, Paul Krugman declared: “peak oil has arrived.”

So it’s really not surprising that the national average for a gallon of gas has fallen to $2.77 this week – in 10 states it was under $2.60 – and analysts predict we’re going to dip below the two-dollar mark soon. U.S. oil is down to $75 a barrel, a drop of more than $30 from the 52-week high.

Meanwhile, the Institute for Energy Research estimates that we have enough natural gas in the U.S. to meet electricity needs for around 575 years at current fuel demand and to fuel homes heated by natural gas for 857 years or so – because we have more gas than Russia, Iran, Qatar and Saudi Arabia combined.

With prices returning to ordinary levels and a few centuries’ worth of fossil fuels on tap, this is a good time to remind ourselves that nearly every warning the left has peddled about an impending energy crisis over the past 30 to 40 years has turned out to be wrong. And none of them are more wrong than the Malthusian idea that says we’re running out of oil.

Each time there’s a temporary spike in gas prices, science-centric liberals allow themselves a purely ideological indulgence, claiming – as Krugman, Paul Ehrlich, John Holdren and countless others have – that we’re rapidly approaching a point when producers will hit the maximum rate of extraction of petroleum. Peak oil. With emerging demand, fossil fuels will become prohibitive. And unless we have our in solar panels in order, Armageddon is near.   Read more »

Want to combat global warming? You need to agree to fracking and nuclear power

I wonder if Gareth Hughes would care to comment on this news.

To be consistent with the MSM breathlessly reporting all doomsday IPCC predictions (most of which never eventuate) will we see headlines of fracking saving the environment and insightful comment from global warmists backing the IPCC findings ?

I think probably not.

Climate scientists have backed Britain’s shale gas revolution – saying it could help to slow  global warming.

The world’s leading experts on climate change say fracking will cut greenhouse gas emissions and should be made central to the country’s energy production.

It will help the UK move away from ‘dirty’ coal and contribute to saving the environment, according to a report by the influential Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The report says it is ‘quite clear’ that fracking is ‘very consistent with low-carbon development’ and the technology could ‘significantly’ reduce emissions.

The unexpected endorsement from 235 eminent United Nations scientists and economists will be a welcome boost to David Cameron, who is a keen advocate of the new technology.

It is also a blow to green activists, who seek cuts in greenhouse gas emissions but are concerned about the effects of fracking.  Read more »

Tony Abbot’s chief business advisor says Australia is “hostage to climate-change madness”

A massive furore has erupted in Australia because someone has finally had the gumption to challenge the fraud that is climate change.

Check this out from The Australian.

THE unprecedented cost of energy driven by the renewable energy target and the carbon tax had destroyed the nation’s competitiveness, Tony Abbott’s chief business adviser has declared.

Maurice Newman also says climate change policies driven by “scientific delusion” have been a major factor in the collapse of Australia’s manufacturing sector. “The Australian dollar and industrial relations policies are blamed,” Mr Newman said. “But, for some manufacturers, the strong dollar has been a benefit, while high relative wages have long been a feature of the Australian industrial landscape.”

In an interview, Mr Newman said protection of climate change policies and the renewable energy industry by various state governments smacked of a “cover-up”.  Read more »

Fracking chemicals cause gender bending – latest hippy claim

What next in the Greens battle to make bird slaughtering windmills viable against cheap and abundant shale gas.

I would guess that eating organic veges is more gender bending and turns blokes into whinging girly men….Gareth Hughes and Russel Norman as evidence. When was the last time anyone saw a roughneck mincing around in a frock at the end of his shift handling this stuff ?

Just when you might have thought the debate over shale gas and oil could not possibly get more acrimonious, here’s something that is likely to raise the temperature even further. US scientists have announced this week that they have found “gender-bender” chemicals in water at fracking sites.

Their research – published in the latest issue of the journal Endocrinology – reports discovering endocrine disrupting substances that disrupt hormone systems in almost every sample of water they tested near shale gas wells. “I’m not an alarmist about this, but it is something the country should take seriously,” Prof Susan Nagel of the University of Missouri, one of the authors of the study, told the Los Angeles Times. “With fracking on the rise, populations may face greater health risks from increased endocrine-disrupting chemical exposure.”  Read more »

Why we need to get into more oil exploration

The Green Taliban and their enablers in the Labour and Green parties don’t want us exploring for oil.

The Herald highlights exactly that it is is that they are trying to prevent.

The US Energy Department says the nation’s energy picture is getting ever rosier. Production is rising, consumption is slowing, and prices are expected to remain in check.

According to the Energy Department’s annual outlook, domestic oil output may regain the peak it reached in 1970 over the next two years and petrol prices will fall over the same period to just over $US3 per gallon (NZ$3.60 for 3.8 litres).  Read more »

Fracking causes gonorrhoea, did the Greens know this?

Its true…fracking causes gonorrhoea…Vice explains how:

The rapid industrialization of North America’s countryside has brought a litany of big city problems to rural America. While critics accuse frackers of fouling air, drinking water, and farmland with swamp gas and carcinogens; prostitution, methamphetamine, and sexual crime have stalked drilling operations.

“There’s like 80 guys for every woman,” said an industry veteran who has watched a rising sprawl of trailer parks, dive bars, and strip clubs consume the North Dakota prairie in recent years. “A friend of mine brought his wife here with him. If he turns his back on her at Walmart, there are guys talking to her when he returns.”

To fill the gap in available housing for a surging transient workforce, company-housing units—known as “man camps”—have sprung up on the outskirts of once meager population centers. It’s work hard, play hard. You are 7.6 times more likely to die working on an oil or gas rig than in any other industry, so it’s understandable that when payday comes, these guys want to burn off steam. Unfortunately for many small towns around the country, a fracking worker’s idea of fun can be a bit debauched.  Read more »

EU redtape and green whingers threaten fracking in Europe

At least the Green European MPs are honest.

They object to fracking because it undermines the already pretty crappy economic case for bird slaughtering windmills by making power cheaper.

The European Union has been accused of killing off the prospect of cheap energy from shale gas by trying to impose with expensive and “reckless” regulation of fracking.

The European Parliament on Wednesday voted for new EU laws requiring that exploration for potential deposits of shale gas to face the same environmental regulation as a full-scale oil drilling.

Struan Stevenson, a Conservative MEP who sits on the European Parliament’s environment committee, warned that the plan could strangle the nascent fracking industry in Britain.   Read more »

No one bludges more than green energy projects

Just goes to show that these new green energy projects are nothing but corporate welfare writ large and they are nothing more than bludging ratbags.

Environmentalists frequently imply global warming is causing an increase in the frequency and intensity of weather events like Sandy. Yet, a 2011 Reason Foundation study found that the world’s death rate from extreme weather events was lower from 2000 to 2010 than it was been in any decade since 1900.

Deaths caused by extreme weather events peaked in the 1920s, when there were 241 deaths a year per million people in the world. But from 2000 to 2010 there were just 5.4 deaths a year per million people, a 98 percent decline in the weather-related death rate.

Furthermore, Dr. Indur M. Goklany, author of the Reason report and science policy analysts for the United States Department of the Interior, found “deaths and death rates from droughts” today are “99.9% lower than in the 1920s.”

Nevertheless, President Obama says we need to act now by promoting green energy and targeting “big oil” companies.   Read more »

Another Green lie exposed

This is the report that the green taliban won’t want you reading about when it comes to understanding the risks of fracking.

This week, the University of Texas released a study showing that fracking releases much less methane into the atmosphere than previously thought.

Sponsored by the Environmental Defense Fund and nine oil companies, the study analyzed more than 489 natural gas wells, and estimated that shale-gas drilling operations leak more than a million tons of methane annually. That’s a lot, but “probably less than the Environmental Protection Agency estimated in 2011,” says The New York TimesRead more »

50 years of fracking, no problems at all

A 50-year-old fracking site that makes a mockery of the anti-fracking green taliban zealots is next to a nature reserve , and has fracked enough gas and oil to power 21,000 homes every day… with no complaints from locals.

Yet still the tools want to object to progress.

The beautiful expanse of grassland on the RSPB’s Beckingham Marshes reserve is exactly the kind of environment antifracking protesters are so determined to protect.

During their ‘Solidarity Sunday’ today in the West Sussex village of Balcombe, thousands of eco-warriors will tell the world that fracking – the process of pumping water into underground wells to ‘fracture’ the rock and force out oil and gas – should be banned to avoid ‘industralising’ the countryside.

In fact there has been fracking here in Nottinghamshire since 1963, the last time in 1989. One well has been fracked four times.  Read more »