Saturday, April 16, 2016

Fracking Leads to Dramatic Decline in Carbon Emissions

Real Clear Politics today has an interesting article titled "How Fracking Has Reduced Greenhouse Gases."  It's likely to make my liberal friends squirm as they've been conditioned to believe that any energy source, with the exception of renewables like wind and solar, must be bad for the environment.  The RCP article reports though reports good news about fracking that should, but won't, make liberals and their environmentalist nut job friends, happy:
The U.S. Department of Energy published data last week with some amazing revelations -- so amazing that most Americans will find them hard to believe. As a nation, the United States reduced its carbon emissions by 2 percent from last year. Over the past 14 years, our carbon emissions are down more than 10 percent. On a per-unit-of-GDP basis,
U.S. carbon emissions are down by closer to 20 percent.   
Even more stunning: We've reduced our carbon emissions more than virtually any other nation in the world, including most of Europe. 
The primary reason carbon emissions are falling is because of hydraulic fracturing -- or fracking.    
Some readers now are probably thinking I've been drinking or have lost my mind. Fracking technology for shale oil and gas drilling is supposed to be evil. Some states have outlawed it. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have come out against it in recent weeks. Schoolchildren have been bombarded with green propaganda about all the catastrophic consequences of fracking.
They are mostly lies. Fracking is simply a new way to get at America's vast storehouse of tens of trillions of dollars worth of shale oil and gas that lies beneath us, coast to coast -- from California to upstate New York. Fracking produces massive amounts of natural gas, and, as a consequence, natural gas prices have fallen in the past decade from above $8 per million BTUs to closer to $2 this year -- a 75 percent reduction -- due to the spike in domestic supplies.
This free fall in prices means that America is using far more natural gas for heating and electricity and much less coal. Here is how the International Energy Agency put it: "In the United States, (carbon) emissions declined by 2 percent, as a large switch from coal to natural gas use in electricity generation took place."
So here is the real story in a flash: Thanks to fracking and horizontal drilling technologies, we are producing more natural gas than ever before. Natural gas is a wonder fuel: It is cheap. It is abundant. America has more of it than anyone else -- enough to last several hundred years. And it is clean-burning. Even Nancy Pelosi inadvertently admitted this several years ago before someone had to whisper in her ear that, um, natural gas is a fossil fuel.
Meanwhile, the left has declared war on a technology that has done more to reduce carbon emissions and real pollution emissions than all the green programs ever invented. Maybe the reason is that they aren't so much against pollution as they are against progress.
Yep.  For many on my friends on the left, the anti-fracking and man-is-causing-dangerous-global-warming-that-will-doom-the-planet arguments are not arguments about science, but rather about trying to stop progress.


Anonymous said...

You got me, Paul. All this time, I and the rest of the scientific community have been falsifying satellite images of shrinking ice caps, fooling people into thinking fall is coming later and spring is coming earlier than decades ago, and waving our magic wands to create deadly, record-shattering heat waves in Russia (2010), the US (2012), China (2013), Europe (2014), India (2015).... JUST BECAUSE WE HATE PROGRESS THAT MUCH!

Geez Louise, you have got to be kidding me.

Anonymous said...

Natural gas burning produces about one-half CO2 that of coal. It also releases large amounts of methane which is even more deadly Gas must go the way of coal.

LamLawIndy said...

I'm all for alternative energies AS LONG AS they need no subsidies to compete. We've had a solar tax credit for YEARS now & each December the solar lobby fires up to "save" the credit. Repeat after me: If an idea is economically beneficial to consumers, it will float on its own without government subsidies.

Anonymous said...

Law, Republicans love subsidies. Look how much this RED, Republican state has given the Irsay, Simon, George family, and Angie's List. Why do you vote for them? You're only supporting it.

Anonymous said...

Paul, I thought your position was that carbon emissions are unimportant. So, why your interest in fracking's supposed "reduction" of the same?

Paul K. Ogden said...

Anon 4:40,

I support fracking because we need cheaper energy and to be able to get it domestically is a bonus. I don't support it because I'm worried about carbon emissions raising the temperature of the planet. Man is a bit player it comes to that issue.

Anonymous said...

Solving global warming by burning more natural gas? That's like saying you can spend your way out of debt. Sorry not buying into this infomercial.