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We’re awash in alternative energy!!

And that energy would be an alternative to those stupid windmills that the Administration is pushing. The alternative is TO wind and it’s called oil and gas.

“But, but, but we’re running out of fossil fuels!”, cried Chicken Little!! Yeah, that’s the line that’s been pitched at least three times in the last century. And yeah, it’s as wrong this time as it was before. From that harbinger of right wing thought in Canada comes this tidbit…

The American Petroleum Institute reports that the United States produced more crude oil in October than it has ever produced in a single month, “peak oil” or not.

This reversal of trend helps explain why U.S. domestic production for the year will be 140,000 barrels a day higher than last year (which was 410,000 barrels a day higher than 2008). Although the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) says U.S. production will decline next year, who knows?
…an article last month in The New York Times observed: “Just as it seemed that the world was running on fumes, giant oil fields were discovered off the coasts of Brazil and Africa, and Canadian oil sands projects expanded so fast, they now provide North America with more oil than Saudi Arabia. In addition, the United States has increased domestic oil production for the first time in a generation.” Further still: “Another wave of natural gas drilling has taken off in shale rock fields across the United States, and more shale gas drilling is just beginning in Europe and Asia.”

Got that? North America has more oil than Saudi Arabia. And in case you need more…

For new oil, the U.S. has the huge Green River play that overlaps Colorado and Utah, one of the largest shale oil fields in the world. The EIA reports that the country’s proven reserves of crude rose last year by 9 per cent to 22.3 billion barrels.

For natural gas, the U.S. has the four largest fields in the world…

Oh, and then there’s methane.

Beyond shale oil and shale gas, there’s the awesome energy promise of methane hydrates, frozen crystals of water and gas that lie beneath the northern permafrost and beneath oceans floors around the world in quantities that boggle the imagination.

“Assuming 1 per cent recovery,” the U.S. Geological Survey says, “these deposits [in U.S. territory] could meet the natural gas needs of the country (at current rates of consumption) for 100 years.”

Of course the methane would have to be found under the permafrost, so I’m sure some idiot in Congress will try to make that a national park.

OK, so somebody ‘splain to me why the hell we’re giving GummitMoters™ billions of dollars to build that stupid and overpriced Chevy Volt? Oh yeah, that had to do with Obama bailing out the UAW, not with alternative energy. So my questions would be – probably obvious if you’re reading this, but – why aren’t we building increased refining capacity for shale oil? Why aren’t we exploring for methane and why aren’t we looking at what would be involved in building methane based power generation plants? And why aren’t we looking at permitting natural gas power plants? And how about somebody looking at what would be required to move methane and/or natural gas from where it is to where it is needed?

Oh yeah, Congress would need to be involved and so would the Administration. And they’re too busy naming post offices, making sure homosexuals get a break in the military and giving amnesty to illegal aliens who are probably using federally funded student loans fraudulently to go to college.

Ahhh, it’s Congress Little

Or TheBoyPresident™, hard to tell from this angle.

  1. mike gariepy
    December 9, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Your arguments seem to deny the facts. The U.S.A. has been declining in oil production since 1970. A single month of high production isn’t reality any more than the shale deposits are useful as oil.

    You may be right about the US having more oil than Saudi Arabia. One wonders what they’re doing with 127 offshore rigs there if they have so much oil. I think they’re running out fast and they’re scared.

    FWIW I truly wish and hope and pray you are right. But I don’t think wishing and hoping and praying is going to change the facts that oil is going to get harder and harder to retrieve (lower Energy returned on energy invested) – and cost more and more in the very near future.

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