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Fuel Prices at the Pump: That is not the problem, Natural Gas Prices are high too
The price at the gas pump is certainly on everyone's mind. We read about Airliner Bankruptcies too and their fuel costs. Truckers are complaining and the average American is modifying their travels, errands and schedules around to deal with the fuel cost increases. Wholesale inflation looms as all the costs for shipping are being passed on. Even though people are joking about the outrageous costs of fuel, it is a serious matter. Hybrid sales are up over 50% in the last two-months and dealers cannot keep them stocked. But what about other fuel costs. Gasoline, diesel and jet fuel are not the only fuel costs up these days.
This brings me to the next fuel to be discussed; "Natural Gas." We use Natural Gas for heating and running appliances at home. Industries use Natural Gas to help the environment. Many companies switched to Natural Gas in the last decade due to tax breaks given by government agencies. Now it appears there will be a huge price spike due to supply shortages. Which will cause many business failures in industries whose jobs have for the most part already left the country due to union demands, over regulations, costs and WTO and NAFTA deals. Why is there a shortage of Natural Gas? We have been converting to cleaner burning fuels and there is plenty of Natural Gas in the world. Unfortunately drilling has been hampered due to Environmental and Sierra Club lawsuits, such as the one off the New England coast, which stated that the drilling, which would only last a month or so might hurt the extremely low frequencies that dolphins and whales use to communicate. Then there have been hundreds of lawsuits filed against offshore oil drilling, natural gas pipelines.
Much has been discussed about the need for hydrogen economy and it's desirable attributes for the environment. All well and good, but right now we have issues with fuel and oil which are critical with regards to the reserves available and the amount at any one time in the pipeline, both actually and figuratively.
Hydrogen is a wonderful future choice, but only through incremental change. Many say ethanol is the answer. Maybe but lets not forget that it takes water to grow corn and many of the areas where corn grows well have gone through some rather harsh drought times lately. If we subsidize farmers to grow corn, use up all the water and then the price of the ethanol is close to that of gasoline then why not use the same money to lower the taxes placed on gasoline now? It is the same money and we get some of the water back and still have something to eat, make plastics out of and export. There needs to be some clear headed thinking about these issues and all too often it is political and not reality based. It is going to require some non-linear thinking and deep thought. Renewable energy is a fine 'Buzz word' but it should not be applied to every thing that comes along. There are many issues to the flow of energy. Because the oil in the ground and the natural gas is sitting there and it is free, it makes sense to use it. It only needs to be picked up refined and transported. These other technologies also need to be refined and transported. And if the refining process puts pollution and green house gases in the atmosphere, then where have we really saved. It has to work all the way around in the environmental circle and still be produced for the same price point, otherwise it is defeating the purpose it intended and therefore it is not reality based. A very skeptical eye needs to be watching these movements and if it makes sense, move it forward incrementally.
Today there is no shortage of oil or natural gas whatsoever on this planet. We have certainly come along way since the old stories of the Permian Basin originals. If you have studied some of the incredible stories and histories of the Texas Wild Cat'ers, then you can see what an incredible distance we have really come in keeping up with the World's thirst for oil and the refined products such as Jet Fuel, Diesel and Gasoline and ancillary chemicals left over during the refining process. The flow of fuel is a key to the Health of the Nation.
"Lance Winslow" - If you have innovative thoughts and unique perspectives, come think with Lance; www.WorldThinkTank.net/wttbbs
UAV Decoy Stategies, Theories and The Modern Art of War
Well having studying the need for decreasing America's dependence on Foreign Oil and the advances of the automotive industry such as Fed Ex and UPS along with Eaton and GM. Also studying the efforts of Sunlite Bus in Palm Desert and the recent information on ceramic coatings and problems in Urban Heat, Ozone Levels, Global Warming Issues from NASA and GeoSat efforts and various weather updates and information gathering data efforts to predict thunder storms, Hurricanes, Fires and Tornados we have learned quite a bit.
The Truth About Power and Absolute Zero
Societies have always had a problem of what to do with their young males with high testosterone. In many countries it is important for them to kill off many of them.
Free Markets, Wal-Mart, Over Regulation; What an interesting concept?
Unions are angry at the high salary of the executives which have gotten a little out of line especially as the companies are laying off workers and the company is not making a profit. However, a man should put in an honest day for that which he was hired and that does not mean just showing up and punching the clock but actually providing some real work and productivity.
In the words of a secret agent who has signed the Official Secrets Act in Britain we find the rationale for what government and supranational organizations have been involved in since Cleopatra, Christopher Marlowe and his own immediate predecessors Crowley and Ian Fleming. David Barrett tells us:"Although the policies of 'need-to-know' and 'compartmentalized knowledge' can sometimes cause more trouble than they're worth, there are very sensible reasons for them; there are many things which do require the highest levels of secrecy.
If the Water is Polluted, Ever Wonder What is in it?
I would like to discuss a few issues we have been reading in the mass media about the kinds of stuff in our rivers. Forget about the DDT and all the pesticides from Industry, we need to look at our own lives and in our own mirror.
George Bush and the Iraq War - Down on Downing Street
You, the reader, should be aware of my affluence of love for literature in all its forms, for instance: the novel, the novella, the short story, the poem, and the comic strip - which, in its own right, is a literary and creative milestone tantamount in importance to Shakespeare.However, without doubt, one of my favorite genres of literature is: the memo.
Mexican Trucks in the United States; NAFTA Trade and Problems
Expected new applications for Mexican trucks to enter the US to be over 9000 in 2005. Most of these newer applications will be to take freight to Port Los Angeles for shipping to Asian markets, and importing parts to be assembled and shipped to Mexico and later sold in the US.
Why the United States just doesnt get the United Nations
For years I have been amazed as I've listened to people here in the United States demonstrate their complete ignorance of the purpose and tremendous value of the United Nations, even to the point of our country not paying dues to the organization. Ambassador to the United Nations has often been viewed as a second-class or B-level diplomatic job and with the current Presidential perspective, the UN has become a troublesome entity and the appointment of an Ambassador a hassle.
North Korea and Diplomatic Solutions; Random Thoughts Part III
Sizing up North Korea is important for a war there. We must leave all options on the table and of course give the Chairman of North Korea the respect he wishes while remaining firm as Hell until it freezes over in fact if that's what it takes; I now conclude my random thoughts over the last few years on North Korea and Diplomatic Solutions.
Global Initiative of Electronic Commerce Taxation; Guiding Principles for Pakistan
1. United States of America (USA)In the United States, legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives and the Senate, creating the Internet Tax Freedom Act, which represents a continuing effort on the part of federal legislation to ensure that the taxation of economic activity, whether electronic or otherwise, is dealt with in an impartial manner.
End Of History? Not Quite
A visitor to Moscow would be immediately struck by the fact that an otherwise dull Kremlin now seduces one to break the sound barrier in a mike, rediscover one self on a Compaq or simply feel Warner in a Pringles. If this is not enough then there is always Chairman Mao in Tiananmen Square calling upon workers and peasants to not only carry forward the revolution but also gulp down a Sprite, while they are at it.
911 Could Have Been Prevented, Was It Bush's Fault?
September 11, 2001 could have been prevented. We could have stopped that International Terrorist Act had we just employed a few simple tools.
Pierre Dupont de Nemours:After arranging the Armistice that ended or settled outstanding issues after the Revolutionary War Pierre Dupont de Nemours came to join the Royals including the Hapsburgs who were living near Jefferson and other esoteric Merovingians in and around Delaware. He and his family became important armaments manufacturers and it is reasonable to remember what Eisenhower said in his Military-Industrial Complex speech.
How Dogpoo is Changing The World
Perhaps a silent revolution is taking place, this time more than ever literally on your doorstep. Irritatingly literally even.
Mother Russia and Poland
When Boris Yeltsin spoke about an experiment that 'they' wrought upon his Russian 'brethren' on June 1st, 1991; did anyone ask who THEY were? Here is what he said:"Our country has not been lucky. Indeed, it was decided to carry out this Marxist experiment on us -? Instead of some country in Africa, they began this experiment with us.
Droughts, Dirty Water and Disease
When we go through periods of droughts we also have other problems, which are increased. Things such as West Nile Virus, Bark Beetles, Disease Epidemics, Med Fly and realize these problems which occur during certain weather periods are compounded when the cycles get out of control.
Fair Trade and Pearls in the U.S.
Guides for RetailersThe regulations about marketing pearls are listed in the FTC's Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter Industries. The guide is very specific about what retailers should call a pearl.
Wartime Britain & Things Look Bleak
This is the second of a series of four articles about life in Britain in the 1940's. My uncle the late Mr Gordon Bessant is talking to Mr Joe Hieatt-Smith.
The Internet Right - Are They Doing It Right
It looks overall like the liberals are advocating for no lines to be drawn on most matters. The right insists there are lines, very clear and important lines.
Take Marijuana Off the DEAs Docket
Quit paying the DEA to chase marijuana. We could save millions for education (or tax credits, for you republicans).
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