Energy Sovereignty

Archives from the Stop the PSU Pipeline Campaign and the early days of CITY-GREEN

Natural Gas Economics, Energy Use Planning & Contraction in the News

From The Nation

“…Investing in natural gas could postpone our transition to renewable energy. The IEA’s Energy Technology Perspective 2012 suggests that spending money on natural-gas infrastructure might actually delay efforts to curb climate change, committing the economy to longer-term dependence on fossil fuels than is necessary: The specific emissions from a gas-fired power plant will be higher than average global CO2 intensity in electricity generation by 2025, raising questions around the long-term viability of some gas infrastructure investment if climate change objectives are to be met. If near-term infrastructure development does not sufficiently consider technical flexibility, future adaptation to lower-carbon fuels and technologies will be more difficult to achieve…”

From The Automatic Earth:

(Link and excerpt sent to PSU Board of Trustees on August 6)

“…Viewing through the data, it’s doesn’t even seem all too likely that there still will be a viable US shale industry by 2020. The predictions for the future of shale gas, whether they’re accurate or not, have pushed domestic US gas prices so low that while the American economy enjoys a temporary windfall, profit margins for actually producing it have fallen so much it’s hardly economically viable any longer. At the Bakken play, well over $1 billion worth of gas is simply flared off, and that’s probably a lowball estimate. A waste? Absolutely. Polluting? You bet. But there’s no profit in shale gas anymore…”

From The Archdruid Report:

“…In the not too distant future, any number of projects that might be possible in some abstract sense will never happen, because all the energy, raw materials, labor, and money that are still available are already committed twice over to absolute necessities, and nothing can be spared for anything else. In any age of resource scarcity and economic contraction, that’s a fairly common phenomenon, and it’s no compliment to contemporary thinking about the future that so many of the grand plans being circulated in the sustainability scene ignore the economics of contraction so completely…”

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