Fracking Amazing: US Carbon Emissions in 2012 Will be Lower than in 2007 Due to Fracking

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    Fracking Amazing: US Carbon Emissions in 2012 Will be Lower than in 2007 Due to Fracking

    Uncle Sam is showing the world that carbon emissions can be cut sharply and cheaply.  Just consider these facts.

    US energy related carbon emissions in 2012 will fall below 5,300 million tons or down about 12%, compared to the peak emissions of 6,023 million tons in 2007.  Through this September, carbon emissions have been down every month in 2012, when compared to each of the first 9 months of 2011 and 2010. No other country matches that record.  www.eia.gov/totalenergy/data/monthly/pdf/sec12_3.pdf/sec12_3.pdf/.

    It is a true American triumph that energy related carbon emissions will be down in 2012 another 4% from 2011 levels and will be back to approximately 1995 levels.  The carbon clock has rolled back 17 years, and 2012 emissions will be even less than in the near-depression year of 2009.

    US GDP has grown every quarter since July 1, 2009, and today our economy is bigger than it was in 2007, the peak carbon emission year.  Yet, even with an economy in 2012 that is bigger than in 2007, our carbon emissions will be 12% lower than they were in 2007.
    Only the USA has had a shale gas boom and only the USA has cut substantially its carbon emissions since 2006.  

    The shale gas boom is a product of fracking, a technology which has not only been around for decades but has apparently been found to be safe in a controversial and not-officially-released analysis prepared for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo has been sitting on the report while deciding whether to allow expansive fracking in the Empire State.

    Back in 2011 - long before Matt Damon's anti-fracking movie Promised Land was even a glimmer in the bank account of eventual funders in the oil-rich UAE - Reason's Science Correspondent Ronald Bailey explained fracking (including how much greens used to love it until its success and safety record starting imperiling interest in subsidizing solar and wind tech).

     

     
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    Re: Fracking Amazing: US Carbon Emissions in 2012 Will be Lower than in 2007 Due to Fracking

    this success shouldn’t distract us from from the natural-gas industry’s recent attempts to squeeze out large and unjustified subsidies from Washington through a crony bill called “New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions Act” (NATGAS Act). The act would provide subsidies for the manufacture and purchase of cars that run on natural gas, the conversion of commercial trucks from diesel to natural gas, the creation of natural-gas filling stations, and tax preferences to favor the use of natural gas over other energy sources. This is yet another example of the perverse incentives created by government’s ability to grant privileges to special interests who are more than happy to ask for them and collect the benefits at the expense of taxpayers and consumers.

     
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    Re: Fracking Amazing: US Carbon Emissions in 2012 Will be Lower than in 2007 Due to Fracking

    Gee, I thought it was because of the increased use of Natural Gas, not because fracking some how cleans the air. 

    Of course Natural Gas is the cleanest fossil fuel.  Everyone knows that.

    I wonder if lower emissions and better fuel economy regulations in cars had something to do with it.

     

     
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    Re: Fracking Amazing: US Carbon Emissions in 2012 Will be Lower than in 2007 Due to Fracking

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    Gee, I thought it was because of the increased use of Natural Gas, not because fracking some how cleans the air. 

    Of course Natural Gas is the cleanest fossil fuel.  Everyone knows that.

    I wonder if lower emissions and better fuel economy regulations in cars had something to do with it.

     



    Not a deep thinker, are you? Fracking=increased efficient use of natual gas=
    less carbon.

    Too tough for you to follow? Here is a clue: All that is good in the world is not due to the benificence of your Almighty God of Government.

    The cause is an unprecedented switch to natural gas, which emits 45 percent less carbon per energy unit. The U.S. used to generate about half its electricity from coal, and roughly 20 percent from gas. Over the past five years, those numbers have changed, first slowly and now dramatically: In April of this year, coal’s share in power generation plummeted to just 32 percent, on par with gas....

    Sorry, nothing to do with crooked handouts to Obama cronies, electric cars, or EPA mandates.

     
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    Re: Fracking Amazing: US Carbon Emissions in 2012 Will be Lower than in 2007 Due to Fracking

    I don't know, do you think it might be that manufacturing jobs are down 1/3 since 2000?

     

     

    U.S. Manufacturing Employment

     
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    Re: Fracking Amazing: US Carbon Emissions in 2012 Will be Lower than in 2007 Due to Fracking

    Another example of correlation without causation.  It is physically impossible for fracking performed in 2012 to have an effect on 2012 emissions.  (2015 emissions?  Maybe.)

    The decrease in carbon emissions is due to less usage, i.e., more efficient cars and people driving less, more homes and businesses switching to natural gas from fuel oil (over 40% in the northeast now, furthering oil's demise as viable energy source), etc.

    Oh, and don't forget the millions in renewable energy capacity that has come online due to some long overdue and targeted efforts at expanding wind, solar and geothermal sources.

    Is gas better than oil or coal?  Of course. We already knew that.  But not all fracking is created equal, and it's best to keep our options wide open.

     

    On the other hand, have you seen the results of Shell's first year of trying to drill in the Arctic...?  Embarrassingly rife with problems.  Even the insurers and other oil companies are having second thoughts.

     

     
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    Re: Fracking Amazing: US Carbon Emissions in 2012 Will be Lower than in 2007 Due to Fracking

    In response to 12-Angry-Men's comment:

    Heh, heh, heh...ya that must be it, fracking cleans the air.

     



    LOL, fracking is good for us.

     
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    Re: Fracking Amazing: US Carbon Emissions in 2012 Will be Lower than in 2007 Due to Fracking

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    ....don't forget the millions in renewable energy capacity that has come online due to some long overdue and targeted efforts at expanding wind, solar and geothermal sources....



    The Obama cronies at Solyndra and other Al Gore green tycoons stealing taxpayer money sure dont forget the millions they get. However, the 'green energy' revolution has had close to ZERO impact on carbon emissions, which have been lowering since 2006. 

    Wind and solar alone provide less than 1 percent of the nation’s energy. We know from the megawat hour costs what economic impact this will have on the economy and government coffers.

    "We must now evaluate what affect the projected increase in green energy production will have on both the energy deficit and carbon dioxide greenhouse gas levels.The following EIA information suggest negligible impacts at best.  

     http://m.freedomworks.org/blog/phedger/too-much-green-for-green
    Source: EIA Annual Energy Outlook 2011

    Further data also indicates that the increased use of renewable energy will have no impact on carbon dioxide emissions over relatively the same time period."

    ".....carbon dioxide levels are relatively stagnant over a period longer than two decades. Accompanied by the lack of impact on the energy deficit and the obvious increased cost to taxpayers, the benefit of increasing focus on current renewable technologies must be called into question.  Are we losing too much green trying to be green? It is clear that since we are not projected to close our energy deficit nor reduce carbon dioxide emissions despite greater green subsidies and production, that we are wasting our time and resources chasing a green pipe dream instead of investing in proven and cost effective energy production methods."

     
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    Re: Fracking Amazing: US Carbon Emissions in 2012 Will be Lower than in 2007 Due to Fracking

    In response to MattyScornD's comment:

    The decrease in carbon emissions is due to less usage, i.e., more efficient cars and people driving less, more homes and businesses switching to natural gas from fuel oil (over 40% in the northeast now, furthering oil's demise as viable energy source), etc.

     




    Let's see, WHY are homes and businesses switching to natural gas? PRICE. And why are prices falling? FRACKING.

    Is this free marketplace success too complicated to understand for our progressives? 

    "The story began to unfold a few years ago, as advances in drilling opened up vast reserves of gas buried in deep shale rock, such as the Marcellus formation in Pennsylvania and the Barnett, in Texas. Experts had been predicting that the U.S. was running out of natural gas, but then shale gas began to flood the market, and prices plunged. Russia had been exporting vast quantities to Europe and other countries for about $10 per unit, but the current price in the U.S. is now about $3 for the same quantity. That kind of math got the attention of energy companies, and politicians, around the world."

     
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    Re: Fracking Amazing: US Carbon Emissions in 2012 Will be Lower than in 2007 Due to Fracking

    In response to ComingLiberalCrackup's comment:

    In response to MattyScornD's comment:

    ....don't forget the millions in renewable energy capacity that has come online due to some long overdue and targeted efforts at expanding wind, solar and geothermal sources....



    The Obama cronies at Solyndra and other Al Gore green tycoons stealing taxpayer money sure dont forget the millions they get. However, the 'green energy' revolution has had close to ZERO impact on carbon emissions, which have been lowering since 2006. 

    Wind and solar alone provide less than 1 percent of the nation’s energy. We know from the megawat hour costs what economic impact this will have on the economy and government coffers.

    "We must now evaluate what affect the projected increase in green energy production will have on both the energy deficit and carbon dioxide greenhouse gas levels.The following EIA information suggest negligible impacts at best.  

     http://m.freedomworks.org/blog/phedger/too-much-green-for-green
    Source: EIA Annual Energy Outlook 2011

    Further data also indicates that the increased use of renewable energy will have no impact on carbon dioxide emissions over relatively the same time period."

    ".....carbon dioxide levels are relatively stagnant over a period longer than two decades. Accompanied by the lack of impact on the energy deficit and the obvious increased cost to taxpayers, the benefit of increasing focus on current renewable technologies must be called into question.  Are we losing too much green trying to be green? It is clear that since we are not projected to close our energy deficit nor reduce carbon dioxide emissions despite greater green subsidies and production, that we are wasting our time and resources chasing a green pipe dream instead of investing in proven and cost effective energy production methods."



    Freedomworks?  Really?!?  You can do better than that.  This sentence alone is a fracking lie:

    ".....carbon dioxide levels are relatively stagnant over a period longer than two decades."

    Absolutely not true, as rises in global temps, ocean acidity and extreme weather patterns all attest to.

     

    I'm glad, though, to be reducing our dependence on nasty coal and oil, though.  If we can start getting NG cars on the road, we might actually make a dent in combatting climate change.

    Even if it's all about money - not health or logic - for you, it's money well-spent.

     

     
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    Re: Fracking Amazing: US Carbon Emissions in 2012 Will be Lower than in 2007 Due to Fracking

    In response to ComingLiberalCrackup's comment:

    In response to MattyScornD's comment:

    The decrease in carbon emissions is due to less usage, i.e., more efficient cars and people driving less, more homes and businesses switching to natural gas from fuel oil (over 40% in the northeast now, furthering oil's demise as viable energy source), etc.

     




    Let's see, WHY are homes and businesses switching to natural gas? PRICE. And why are prices falling? FRACKING.

    Is this free marketplace success too complicated to understand for our progressives? 



    Ever heard of these things called building codes?

    Yeah, because the govt AND industry have focussed on the roots of the energy problem - demand and efficiency - construction standards are better, buildings are more efficient (which precludes oil and other dated technologies) and smarter.

    Every triple-paced window and incandescent bulb changed is a small victory toward using less and less fossil fuels.

    Meanwhile, certain paleolithic repub candidates talk about eliminating the EPA which helped prompt these efficiencies.  Backwards thinking.

    You forget.  This is my field.  Here in deep blue Massachusetts, we surpassed California last year for the most energy efficient state.  Best in the nation.

     

     
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