Energy Security in the United States (Infographic)


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Michael C.
Michael C.4 years ago

Grace A, I just received an e-mail that states that the GOP is trying to withdraw the use of biofuels from the U.S. Military, the principle fuel is biodiesel.

I think I smell a rat in the woodpile.

It is a great thing to see the continued use of biodiesel, but as I stated in my book, The BioDiesel Handbook. Biodiesel should be scene as "A Interim Solution to a Long Term Problem."

Grace Adams
Grace Adams4 years ago

We can demand better fuel efficiency in vehicles, AND raise excise taxes on liquid hydrocarbons (gasoline taxes are one of the three traditional sin taxes--other two are alcohol and tobacco), AND bribe Exxon Mobil to actually produce bio-diesel from algae with big fat juicy contracts to produce bio-diesel for the strategic oil reserve--which the federal government is free to stockpile as long as diesel prices are low enough and then turn around and sell (even at a loss if necessary) when diesel prices rise high enough. I say at a loss because the federal government will have to pay a fairly high premium for bio-diesel from algae for the R&D still needed to make production efficient enough to compete with petroleum.

Grace Adams
Grace Adams4 years ago

It might help a little to massively bribe Exxon Mobil to go ahead and develop bio-diesel from algae as a full commercial product. The carbon is bio-diesel from algae is at least recycled annually rather than being emitted all as CO2 into the air after having been a fossil for millions of years. So it would help slow down global warming a little. If Exxon Mobil could be bribed to make enough bio-diesel from algae to meet domestic demand--that might be enough to have some small moderately effect on the world price of liquid hydrocarbons.

Jonathan Netherton

by geopolitics? So ANWR would be an oil-stained wasteland instead of the last vestige for a tenth of all migatory bird species in the western hemisphere and it STILL WOULD NOT AFFECT PRICES.

Jonathan Netherton

@Paula M.: "The last three graphs show why we should be developing our own oil reserves over the medium term while we work out efficient alternative energy sources for transportation in the long term. The extra capacity will moderate gas prices, and to the extent that gas prices still rise the income will at least go back into our own economy.

Do you remember when Democrats in Congress blocked development in ANWR? At that time the argument was that development wouldn't help with gas prices because it would take 10 years to get to full production capacity.

That was more than 10 years ago. Looking a the energy price volatility graph, and the broad upward trend in prices, it's clear that that extra domestic production capacity would have helped us, and could help us through what is yet to come."

One, look back at that last graph - Canada, Japan and the USA - one a net exporter, one a total importer and one a net importer - all experiencing the same price variations. What part of "domestic production does not affect local prices because the prices are set globally" do you not understand?
Two, since prices are set globally, and largely by how violent this or that petrostate dictatorship has become, your Democrats and ANWR analogy is false. What started 10 years ago? A triple front on every brown person from Damascus to Islamabad is what. Do you not think that a decade-long war in the oil cradle would not affect the price of a commodity whose price is set almost entirely

Terry Vanderbush
Terry V.4 years ago

Don't forget our power grids are WAAAAY over due for being replaced.

Sue H.
Sue H.4 years ago

Great article, thanks for posting.

Vivianne Mosca-Clark

The greed is what is stopping the farther development of the renewable energy. We were stopped when we told the government we had a way to make bio fuel out of cellulose. We did not use any food products. Just any thing that has cellulose in it. News paper, cow poop, plant stems and stocks. We could do all the research we wanted...but we would be stopped if we tried to make it. We could product it and sell it at the pumps for under .50 a gallon and everyone could make a decent profit. Nothing like the oil/gas companies are making are our expense.

Michael C.
Michael C.4 years ago

Just recently, I came across some info on America's energy and where it is currently being source from. Today, it amounts to 37% of our energy use.

Guess what? seems that we have been screwed again and it is no accident. I am willing to state publicly that the magnitude of fracking is a result of industry collusion by those involved.

You say, how could that be? Imagine, you are about to unleash a fiendish plan to extract huge amounts of an energy source but you also realize that there will be a major public backlash, due to the pollution of ground water.

So what do you do? It is kind of like the old land rush of the late 1900's, get what you can before the opportunity is closed down.

You might think that regulators would merely shut down these villains, yet it will not happen. Why? Because YOU are now addicted, YOU need your new energy rush.

The industry is rushing to extract this energy source, just as buyers are rushing to get their hands on it. The problem is...the many problems are and there are many, including health hazards, water pollution, possible explosions and then there is the real prospect of the source running low, calling for more wells, bring higher prices, due to increased demand.

The industry is going to be difficult to beat when they have years planning ahead of us, as we attack their work, do not feel sorry for them, after all, they are comprised of the 1%, our current lords and handlers.