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Johnson: Go All In on Energy Plan

Congressman: Fossil fuels included in ‘Vision 2020’ plan

July 23, 2013

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Comparing the effort to achieve energy independence to President John F. Kennedy’s call to land on the moon in the 1960s, U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson believes the new mission is vital....

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BigMike

Jul-24-13 4:38 PM

Johnson is right, the best energy value for all consumers will come when there is true competition in the energy markets. Creating a monopoly for natural gas or any other energy source, whatever the reason, is bad policy.

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BigMike

Jul-24-13 4:32 PM

In spite of what some hear claim, natural gas use for electric generation is in decline this year according the Energy Information Administration. Why? NG prices are increasing relative to coal.

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avbanig

Jul-24-13 8:59 AM

Coal's main competition IS natural gas! Thanks for EPA vs Massachusetts Mitt Romney

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uglyassmf

Jul-24-13 2:21 AM

bill johnson can say what ever he wants. the fact is a power company is a private company and will do what it feels is best for it's bottom line, future and share holders. that is why they they are converting from coal to gas and closing the old plants that have bad infrastructure due to age. don't vote for him because you think he can save your job if you're a coal miner because the truth is he can't. can you really see a Republican telling a huge corporation that they have to burn coal?? get a grip..it isn't going to happen.nobody will build a new coal fired power plant in the USA. that is a fact and this man is a liar.

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daWraith

Jul-23-13 9:13 PM

Wheezerdawg, you are the nutjob that believes in peak oil, global warming, the tooth fairy, Keynesian economics, flat earth, and other space case theories.

A tin foil hat would be too high tech for you. Do you wear a burka to keep out electromagnetic waves?

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Wheeldog

Jul-23-13 8:21 PM

My gawd, dah, you really are an amazingly confused and delusional individual! You have created a fantasy world where the normal laws of nature do not work and reality is is whatever you want it to be. I wish you luck, because you genuinely need it.

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daWraith

Jul-23-13 8:13 PM

WheezerDawg did you cry when they stopped making "conventional" 8-track tapes?

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daWraith

Jul-23-13 8:10 PM

Wheezerdawg you getting delirious. " conventional oil production actually did peak in 1970"

So the oil today is "unconventional"??? The gasoline it produces still works good in my 1968 Mustang 428 !

Peak oil theory has been so debunked the only people who believe it are Wheezdawg and M.K. Hubbert and one them is DEAD.

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Wheeldog

Jul-23-13 7:03 PM

dah, you really do need to keep up with your meds. Peak oil production in the U.S. occurred in 1970 - not 1955. You seem to have a problem with getting things mixed up. In 1956, M.K. Hubbert predicted the peak of U.S. oil production around 1970. Total conventional oil production actually did peak in 1970. If you do just a little background research you will find that peak has not been exceeded. You will also find that that the EROI of oil in the 1970s was far greater than today, which means, on net, we were were enjoying far greater return on oil in 1970 than we are in 2013. When factoring in "net loss" we are nowhere near being as much a producer of energy as we were over thirty years ago.

dah, you are embarrassing yourself.

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UNCOMMONSENSE

Jul-23-13 6:50 PM

Ahhh the ole "energy independence" song and dance I've heard for the past 4 years!!

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daWraith

Jul-23-13 6:11 PM

wonderlier, blah blah blah.

Do you DENY your direct quote?

Yes ___ NO ____.

Just that simple, hypocrite.

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daWraith

Jul-23-13 6:10 PM

Wheezerdawg, First law of Economic, boy, First law.

Supply--Demand curve. #1 If DEMAND exceeds supply, prices RISE.

#2 When Supply surpasses Demand, prices drop.

We are still in scenario number #1.

DUH!

Tell us about your 1955 peak oil theory BS again ___________________??

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wonderwhy

Jul-23-13 5:30 PM

duwhop- meds...........pronto!

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Wheeldog

Jul-23-13 5:11 PM

"Driven by high prices and new drilling methods,...," dah.

Thank you for making my point for me, dah. Yes, it is possible to develop marginal (unconventional) reserves of oil (or pre-oil) if you are willing to pay a premium for the end product. The cost of finding, developing and refining unconventional oil must be added to the price of the product. Our economy was founded on CHEAP AND ABUNDANT high quality oil. Whatever is paid for energy ultimately is subtracted from other forms of buying. Expensive energy means expensive food, basic services, health care, education, entertainment,

The Great Recession did not happen because we ran out of oil. It happened, in large part, because the price of oil spiked. Every major recession over the past several decades is tied, in part, to rises in the price of oil.

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daWraith

Jul-23-13 1:13 PM

But who are you gonna believe, Industry EXPERTS or OV condescending pontificator Wee-dawg?

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daWraith

Jul-23-13 1:11 PM

The major factor driving domestic production higher is a newfound ability to squeeze oil out of rock once thought too difficult and expensive to tap. Drillers have learned to drill horizontally into long, thin seams of SHALE and other rock that holds oil, instead of searching for rare underground pools of hydrocarbons that have accumulated over millions of years.”

There are additional explanations for our leap forward.

• The long-lasting high prices being paid for oil has provided drilling companies with the money and the motivation to develop the new techniques for getting oil out of the ground.

• Drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, which had been dramatically curtailed after the BPoil disaster in 2010, has begun to grow, reflecting some large oil finds there.

• The natural gas glut has caused natural gas drilling to be curtailed, making drilling equipment and workers available to shift to going after the oil.

Wienerdawg: FAIL!

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daWraith

Jul-23-13 1:09 PM

Forbes cont'd

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daWraith

Jul-23-13 1:08 PM

Wienerdawg totally off base as usual.

Forbes:

““U.S. oil output is surging so fast that the U.S. could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the world’s biggest producer. Driven by high prices and new drilling methods, U.S. production of crude and other liquid hydrocarbons is on track to rise 7 percent this year to an average of 10.9 million barrels per day. This will be the fourth straight year of crude increases and the biggest single-year gain since 1951. The boom has surprised even the experts.

“Five years ago, if I or anyone had predicted today’s production growth, people would have thought we were crazy,” says Jim Burkhard, head of oil markets research at IHS CERA, an energy consulting firm.”

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daWraith

Jul-23-13 12:59 PM

wonderlier, blah blah blah.

Do you DENY your direct quote?

Yes ___ NO ____.

Just that simple, hypocrite.

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Wheeldog

Jul-23-13 12:41 PM

Opps, sorry about the repeat.

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Wheeldog

Jul-23-13 12:40 PM

I noted that the price of gasoline recently increased more than had been expected. The blame has been placed on an increase in global demand and sluggish production. To date, shale and tar sand oil seems to be having little impact on the global oil market. The price of fuel in the U.S. is a reflection of the global maker. The cost of extracting and refining non-conventional oil more is a contributing factor. We seem destined to have high energy costs dragging on the economy for the foreseeable future.

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Wheeldog

Jul-23-13 12:32 PM

I noted that the price of gasoline recently increased more than had been expected. The blame has been placed on an increase in global demand and sluggish production. To date, shale and tar sand oil seems to be having little impact on the global oil market. The price of fuel in the U.S. is a reflection of the global maker. The cost of extracting and refining non-conventional oil more is a contributing factor. We seem destined to have high energy costs dragging on the economy for the foreseeable future.

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onlooker

Jul-23-13 10:53 AM

We have had enough of this Wee The People idiot in Washington. Can't wait to see him voted out.

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wonderwhy

Jul-23-13 8:11 AM

I'm also for mine safety and good wages. Imagine that! LOL

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Triton

Jul-23-13 8:10 AM

There are people who are for things and then against them. At one time the Sierra Club raging against coal demanded that we extract natural gas becuase its a clean burning energy source. But now we actually have an abundance of gas so we have to be against that, even though at its worst its still incredibly better than coal emissions. That is just part of the left wing heritage. That its the opposite from time to time must be forgiven, being for things is nowhere near being against stuff, thats cool and makes you feel morally superior. So new opposite positions for Obamites are we are for war in the Middle East, for energy and military affairs with ME despots and the whole thing about Bush and oil, well forget that we WANT to be oil dependent at all costs to humanity, no matter if, as in Libya we must kill 35,000 people with US airpower to give control of the oil fields to BP. Being a liberal means being able to suspend reality and speak out of both sides of your mouth.

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