Can Natural Gas Solve U.S. Energy Problems?

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    According to T. Boone Pickens, it can and he has long been frustrated as to the refusal of our leaders, ( ? ) to "go for it."

    Financier T. Boone Pickens thinks natural gas makes sense. In his “Pickens Plan” television commercials he states, “natural gas is cleaner, cheaper, abundant, and it’s ours.“

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    "Recoverable reserves in the three state area — stretching from West Virginia through Pennsylvania to New York — could be as much as 500 trillion cubic feet. This would double the known shale reserves and boost total U.S. recoverable reserves to more than 2,500 trillion cubic feet.

    "No energy source is completely free of environmental side effects, as evidenced in this case by local concerns about water quality where natural gas drilling is occurring. Care must be taken to safeguard water resources in gas-producing areas."


    "Is it ours? Compared to America’s domestic oil reserves, which stand at a three-year supply, the United States has at least a 110-year supply of natural gas within its own borders. We are not dependent on anybody else, anywhere, for any of this."


    "So it appears that T. Boone Pickens’ claims are true. Natural gas is cleaner, cheaper, abundant, and it’s ours.

    "Considering the benefits to U.S. national security and the environment, U.S. energy policy should increase focus on natural gas. It may not be “the” solution to America’s energy problems, but it’s part of the solution."

    David Baumann is a research associate at the American Institute for Economic Research, 250 Division St., Great Barrington, Mass.

    Can natural gas solve U.S. energy problems?
     
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    New York effectively shut down drilling in that state by placing a moratorium on hyrdaulic fracturing.
    Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania, a boom is bringing in a flood of cash, thousands of jobs, and billions of c/f natural gas.
     
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    Natural gas is a good source of energy. BUT, it's not as good as coal, oil, hydro and nuclear. I don't know what Pickens is thinking.
     
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    The left like to say the T. Boone is an advocate for wind and solar power (as long as there's gov't subsidies in it) but what they leave out is that he also said we need to drill for domestic oil and gas as well as mine coal and build nuclear power plants.

    He said Wind and Solar just aren't enough.
     
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    ExxonMobil seems to think it will supply demand. They recently just became the largest Natural Gas company in the world again last year.
     
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    I don't know if they can "solve" our energy problem but it sure can go a long way towards to supplying demand. We have an ocean of gas, and we should be converting towards gas away from more conventional sources. Someone told me this, and I don't know if it is true or not, but if you convert all trucks in this country to gas, it would reduce our oil demand for transportation by half.

    Its nuts that we give money for oil to people who want to kill us. We have to diversify away from oil.
     
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    There is that.
     
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    Railroads have been experimenting with LPG for a long time now. It has it's problems, mostly in the form of large scale fueling and the freakout about transporting it. It's dangerous stuff and the fact that it's pressurized makes it all the worse to handle.

    BUT, it is a necessary resource we need to look at exploiting better instead of running away from as the namby pamby greens and NIMBY freaks do.
     
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    I met T. Bone about 15 years ago at a conference during which he gave a pep talk re: natural gas vehicles. Also toured a Denver facility that retrofitted buses and fleet vehicles. Fascinating. :thup:
     
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    Reading the title my first response is Natural Gas cannot solve our energy problem because our energy problem is only politicians. As long as the politician make policy at a whim we will have energy problems.
     
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