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Truth in Advertising

Have you seen this TV commercial advertising an electric car? It starts by showing virtually every appliance, utility and tool used by average, everyday people being powered by an internal combustion engine that’s pumping massive amounts of black smoke into the atmosphere. Impressive efforts are made to tie all visual references to the petroleum industry, including showing an office water cooler that looks remarkably like the gas pump found at your local filling station.

Never mind that the EPA’s Corporate Average Fuel Economy rules, aka the CAFE standards, have largely made seeing such noxious fumes spewing forth from the exhaust pipe of an internal combustion engine a thing of the past. Forget reality. Just make sure the most frightening images imaginable are superimposed into the subconscious minds of potential buyers.

Then the commercial starts singing the praises of not filling the air with all that nasty smoke because to charge it, you need simply plug your battery powered car into a home outlet. Never mind that by doing so you’re using electricity that’s primarily generated through the burning of coal, which produces more pollution than internal combustion engines. Obviously, mentioning that truth does not suit the advertising campaign. Why would people buy an electric car if they knew that driving such a car causes more pollution, not less?

Then there’s another commercial from a different manufacturer for a similar type of vehicle. This one sings the praises of how much money consumers will save by not having to pay for all that gasoline at the pump. Never mind that even though gasoline costs nearly twice as much as it did three years ago when our beloved emperor first seized power…err, ah, I mean took office, electricity costs are steadily climbing higher and will “necessarily skyrocket” when new EPA emission controls close multiple electricity generation plants across the country.

In this presidential election year of 2012, this is the same type of subliminal indoctrination you can expect to experience via the “news”, Hollywood productions, school textbooks and especially, political advertising.

Oh, and just in case you’re continuing to cling to the illusion that you’re not being brainwashed, once it’s no longer rechargeable, that battery is just another unmentioned form of pollution.

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Abundance of Shale Gas Resources May Spark Manufacturing Renaissance in the U.S.

Potential Addition of Approximately One Million Jobs, an Estimated $11.6 Billion in Cost Savings And Greater Investments in U.S. Plants are among Significant Economic Benefits

NEW YORK, Dec. 14, 2011  — The abundance of shale gas resources may spark a U.S. manufacturing renaissance with economic benefits that include cost savings, greater investments to expand U.S. manufacturing facilities and increased levels of employment, according to a new report released today by PwC titled, Shale Gas: A renaissance in US manufacturing? . To achieve these results, however, PwC says that manufacturers must help manage the environmental, regulatory and tax concerns created by shale gas resources.

PwC expects an estimated $11.6 billion in cost savings by 2025 by combining recent natural gas consumption levels with potential natural gas prices under high shale recovery scenarios. Additionally, manufacturing employment could increase by approximately one million workers by 2025 in high shale recovery scenarios.

“An underappreciated part of the shale gas story is the substantial cost benefits that could become available to manufacturers based upon estimates of future natural gas prices as more shale gas is recovered,” said Bob McCutcheon, U.S. industrial products leader, PwC . He continued, “In fact, the number of U.S. chemicals, metals and industrial manufacturing companies that disclosed shale gas potential and its impact so far in 2011 easily surpassed that of the last three years combined, indicating this is of growing importance in the outlook of U.S. manufacturers. The significant uptick in shale gas commentary among the manufacturing community reflects the positive influence that shale gas is having from investment, operational and demand standpoints.”

Resulting from production of a stable supply of shale gas, manufacturing industries are able to lower feedstock and energy costs, and are looking to shale gas as a source of growth for their own products. For example, companies that sell goods such as metal tubular products, drilling and power generation equipment should experience a near-term growth in sales as domestic natural gas production rates move higher.

“Manufacturers and communities throughout the country are beginning to see and recognize the real economic benefits of shale gas,” said National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons. “Shale gas development is a bright spot in our economy and it has the potential to boost manufacturing employment by one million jobs, which are badly needed.”

Shale gas has already contributed to greater manufacturing investments in the U.S., particularly with chemical companies seeking cost advantages by using cheaper ethane, a natural gas liquid derived from shale gas, differentiating themselves from foreign competitors who rely more on oil-based naphtha. Manufacturers outside the chemical industry have also announced expansion plans due to incremental energy resources, and plan on making investments in the U.S. based upon the opportunity to sell equipment for shale gas plays, according to PwC.

The relatively inexpensive and stable long-term source of natural gas is helping manufacturing companies expand and open more facilities in the U.S., presenting an opportunity to create more jobs in the industry.

“Lower natural gas prices resulting from incremental shale gas production have the potential to add over one million manufacturing jobs in the U.S. by 2025. The expectation of the new shale gas resource providing a significant long-term boost to move the U.S. manufacturing employment needle shines a light across the nation amid the current labor market woes,” added McCutcheon.

Environmental and regulatory concerns of shale gas resources include the rapid decline in production rates for shale as compared to conventional gas, which requires drilling more new wells to offset decline in existing wells. Also, there is a need to build out infrastructure in regions that haven’t already produced significant amounts of natural gas.

“The economic benefits to U.S. manufacturers can’t happen if shale gas is not extracted in a profitable and safe manner. To achieve these significant outcomes, manufacturing companies must effectively communicate the value that shale gas can create for U.S. workers and communities,” concluded McCutcheon.

Cyber Attacks Threaten World Oil Supply

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Computers control nearly all aspects of the worlds oil supply today. Increasingly, they are coming under more and more frequent and carefully planned cyber attacks. Hackers conduct industrial espionage and threaten potential global havoc through oil supply disruption.

“If anybody gets into the area where you can control opening and closing of valves, or release valves, you can imagine what happens,” said Ludolf Luehmann, an IT manager at Shell Europe’s biggest company .

“It will cost lives and it will cost production, it will cost money, cause fires and cause loss of containment, environmental damage – huge, huge damage,” he told the World Petroleum Congress in Doha.”

The Hackers are collecting information over prolonged periods of time. Collecting information on specific systems before launching an attack.

The unique problem facing energy companies as opposed to others is that they cannot afford to shut down the fix security patches. “Oil needs to keep on flowing,” said Riemer Brouwer, head of IT security at Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO).

Now not only the skilled, but anyone, thanks to easy access to online videos can hack into a major corporation.

Luehmann said “Everyone can hack today,”. “The number of potential hackers is not a few very skilled people — it’s everyone.”

Gas Prices Drop Steadily Just in Time for Holiday Travel

Many families across America are feeling a little budgetary relief just in time for Christmas, as the price of gasoline has been steadily dropping for about the last 5-1/2 months, with the exception of a spike during the week of Thanksgiving, which has lead some watchdogs to express opinions of price gouging during the busiest travel weekend of the year. IN May,2011 gasoline hit a high of $3.94 a gallon. (national average according to AAA’s daily fuel gauge report.) Currently the national average for the price of regular gasoline across America is $3.27. A month ago gasoline was averaging #3.48 as compared to $2.97 a year ago as we can see in the following AAA graph:

As gasoline prices are linked directly to the price of crude, we can expect gasoline prices to rise steadily in the coming weeks. Crude is currently hovering around $100 dollars a barrel and the price for the next year is projected to run $115 dollars a barrel, according to oil-price.net. Will we ever see the price of gasoline drop under $2.00 a gallon again? Only if we start to extract the massive deposits we have right here in the good ole USA, and thereby keeping us from having to buy more oil from OPEC and other countries. For now, the lower gasoline prices will help struggling families stretch those holiday dollars just a little further, which is a welcome respite during the current economic recession.

Oil Production – The MSM Is Covering For Obama



Gasoline and Oil Prices

As of Monday, November 14, 2011, the nationwide average gasoline price was $3.436 per gallon (including all taxes) for regular grade. That price is UP by 54.4 cents from a year ago. It is cheapest on the Gulf Coast ($3.231) and most expensive on the West Coast ($3.759).

In the “so what?” department, gasoline prices in the United States are actually lower than in many countries. Drivers in some European cities, like Amsterdam and Oslo, are paying nearly 3 times more than those in the U.S. The main factor in price disparities between countries is government policy. Many European nations tax gasoline heavily, with taxes making up as much as 75 percent of the cost of a gallon of gasoline.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. has, in a recent report, said that oil supplies would become “critically tight” in 2012. Analysts predict that oil prices could go higher as production capacity and inventories are “effectively exhausted.” In the past four years we have seen China entering transactions all over the world to secure oil resources to fuel their economy over the coming years, increasing demand. The price of oil, on Friday, November 18, 2011, for benchmark crude, fell $1.41 to finish at $97.41 per barrel. But, as can be seen here, the price of a barrel of crude oil is trending upward after a sharp decline in 2008. And the price of oil definitely has an effect on gasoline prices.

Obama (In)Actions

So what has Obama done lately to relieve or increase oil production capacity? Well, on the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline he “passed the buck” and made no decision. The Obama administration opened on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, more of the U.S. coast to offshore drilling, opening six offshore areas with active oil leases in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Alaska. The entire West and East Coasts of the continental USA remain off limits, as does the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). “Since President Obama took office, he has systematically taken steps to reimpose an offshore drilling moratorium, and today he is one step closer to making that a reality for the next five years,” said House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA). “Oil and natural gas production on federal lands continues to decline under this administration, and the new Offshore Oil & Gas Program does not provide much hope that this destructive trend will be reversed anytime soon,” said Karen Harbert of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The MSM

So where does the MSM come in? The MSM is doing its best to hide that fact that when Obama took office on January 20, 2009, gas was $1.84 a gallon. It topped $2 a gallon on March 26, 2009. And it continues to rise, topping $3 per gallon in December, 2010. And AAA said that prices could be as high as $4.25 to $4.50 a gallon in 2012 thanks to crude oil volatility and increased demand due to positive economic indicators.

Obama called on major oil producers, such as Saudi Arabia, to increase their oil supplies and production. Obama, on the one hand, is asking for more production from countries to whom the United States sends billions of dollars for oil every year. On the other hand, he is taking cash away from companies who use that cash to increase domestic production of oil and related jobs. The ultimate outcome of course being more reliance on foreign countries for oil and fewer jobs at home. Was his plea or actions ever noted in the MSM?

MSM “experts” several times in 2011, predicted that gasoline prices, which nearly hit $4 a gallon in 2011, would be dropping. Remember how badly the MSM lamented high gas prices during the Bush administration? In August, 2005, John Blackstone of the “CBS Evening News” said, “Across the nation, gas prices went to record highs today. Will it get to the point that only the privileged can afford gas?” Gas then was around $2.60 a gallon. Gas is almost 80 cents higher right now, yet the MSM isn’t screaming about the 1 percent being the only ones who can afford gas.

During the near-record price spike that occurred earlier this year, the MSM hardly treated higher prices like a big story. They produced just 40 percent of the gas price stories than they had during the 2008 price increase that occurred under Bush. Further, the MSM linked “skyrocketing” gas prices to Bush 15 times more than Obama.

During the Bush administration, fluctuating gas prices was a way the MSM depicted a struggling economy. Now under Obama, they largely dodge their own indicator because it would make their man in the White House look bad.

Drill Baby Drill! Sign The White House US Oil Drilling Petition!

“Your voice in our Government”… so they say!

According to the new We The People part of our government website, they want to hear from us- the actual people who make up this great nation!

We The People is Live!

Welcome to We the People on WhiteHouse.gov. This tool provides you with a new way to petition the Obama Administration to take action on a range of important issues facing our country. If a petition gets enough support, White House staff will review it, ensure it’s sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response.

Has the Obama White House finally given up their leftist agenda? Has Barack Obama finally realized he is the President of the ENTIRE United States, rather than just the kool-aid drinkers?

I most certainly wouldn’t stake any money on it, but We The People have a chance to have our voices heard LOUD AND CLEAR!

The official White House website has a petition to open up domestic oil drilling sites, as well as refineries.  The petition must have at least 5,000 signatures within 30 days of going live. This petition went live September 24, so by October 24 all of the signatures must be in. As of the time of the posting of this article, there are 23 signatures.

 

Go to WhiteHouse.gov to sign the petition:

Open up AMWR, the Gulf Of Mexico, and other places to domestic oil drilling, along with new refineries.

The United States needs to produce it’s own oil and do away with our reliance on foreign sources. It is imperative that we open up those areas within US property to domestic drilling and production, as well as building new refineries.

Study Projects Major Growth for Heavy Crude Oil, Evaluates Potential and Challenges for Next 25 Years

HOUSTON, Sept. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Global production of heavy crude oil, led by new output fromCanada, Venezuela and the Middle East, will rise to 12.3 million barrels per day by 2020. This estimate is drawn from short-term and medium-term projections in Hart Energy’s Heavy Crude Oil: A Global Analysis and Outlook to 2035.

The latest edition of the just-released annual study shows even greater production in the long-term project scenario, with average daily output expected to reach 16 million barrels by 2025 and maintaining this level for 10 years. Strong production increases are forecast for North America and South America, as well asAfrica and China. North America has the world’s largest combined heavy oil and bitumen resources at 2.2 trillion barrels.

Heavy crude oil does not flow as easily as light crude and is therefore more difficult and expensive to extract. Steam, natural gas or polymers are often injected into the wells to produce the oil. Despite the added costs, Laura Atkins, Hart Energy’s Director of Petroleum Research and principal author of the outlook, notes that “With worldwide sources of low cost light crude diminishing and energy needs spiraling upward each year, heavy crude oil costs are competitive with shale oil, deep-water fields, arctic development and other potential new sources of crude oil.”

Hart Energy’s 200-page study incorporates regional dispositions evaluating internal markets as well as export opportunities; country-by-country analyses focusing on companies and projects; and costs and economics. Projections are differentiated between the outlook for the short- and medium-term projects, and more speculative ones in the long term (projects not stated to start before 2020).

 

Uranium Energy Corp Acquires Major South Texas Uranium Exploration Database

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX, Aug. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ – Uranium Energy Corp (NYSE-AMEX: UEC, “UEC” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a definitive purchase and sale agreement with Uranium One Inc. which provides for the acquisition by the Company of a South Texasuranium database package (the “Database”) from Uranium One.

This strategic Database is to be acquired for a value of $900,000, comprised of $400,000 in cash and 159,236 common shares of the Company at a price of $3.14, and will significantly advance the Company’s ongoing exploration efforts in South Texas.  The Database contains over 40 uranium targets that the Company plans to evaluate.

The Database is an evaluation of the uranium potential within the Goliad Formation located along the South Texas Uranium Belt, an area extending from south of Houston to the Mexican border.  The Company’s Palangana, Goliad, Salvo and Nichols projects are all within the Goliad Formation.  The study encompasses an area approximately the size of Pennsylvania.

Amir Adnani, President and CEO, stated, “UEC’s Hobson processing plant forms the basis of our regional production strategy in South Texas and is located in the area of study, making this Database particularly useful for us. UEC is incorporating this Database and the associated acquisition and exploration targets into its ongoing efforts to develop additional uranium sources for processing at the Hobson plant.”

The acquisition of this data fits into Uranium Energy Corp’s strategy of targeting properties for acquisition that have already been the subject of significant exploration and development by senior energy companies in the past.

The Database includes raw and interpreted data compiled and updated by Total Minerals, including logs from Mobil Oil Corporation’s uranium division (Mobil) from the mid-1980’s. Specifically, the Database contains:

  • 4,894 South Texas uranium logs – 2.8 million feet of drilling
  • 13,882 South Texas oil and gas logs – 41.6 million feet
  • Data on +40 uranium targets to be evaluated
  • 752 maps and sections across South Texas
  • 103 reports and analyses documenting the Study

In 1993, Total Minerals was succeeded in ownership of U.S. uranium properties and facilities, including the Christensen-Irigaray property, by Cogema. Cogema was later superseded by AREVA. Uranium One obtained the Database as part of its recent acquisition of the Christensen-Irigaray ISR projects from AREVA.


Ambit Energy Earns “Top 5 Electric Provider” Honors in Texas

 

DALLAS, Aug. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — For the second consecutive year, Ambit Energy was named a “top five electric provider in Texas” based on a recent customer satisfaction survey by J.D. Power and Associates. The survey considered the responses of 8,100 Texas residential customers about their overall satisfaction with their electricity provider, increasing Ambit Energy’s overall customer satisfaction index by 26 points from 2010.

The 2011 Texas Residential Retail Electric Provider Customer Satisfaction Study™, now in its fourth year, measures customer satisfaction with retail electric utility providers in Texas by considering four key factors: price; billing and payment; communications; and customer service.

Ambit Energy earned top rankings in the categories of communications performance, retailer loyalty and enrollment:

  • Ranked first in communications when customers were asked about satisfaction in communicating changes, new offers/promotions and using attention-grabbing messaging.
  • Ranked first in number of positive recommendations to friends, family and coworkers about customer’s current energy provider.
  • Ranked first in positive percentage growth, with most respondents switching providers to Ambit Energy in the past 12 months.

“We are proud that Ambit Energy has been named a top electric service provider in Texas for the second year in a row,” said Jere Thompson Jr., Ambit Energy co-founder and CEO. “With our competitive energy rates and attractive customer rewards, our focus on customer satisfaction is essential to Ambit being the finest and most-respected energy company in America.”

Since 2006, Ambit Energy has continued to grow in both customer size and market presence. Ambit recently reported reaching the 600,000 customer milestone in the third quarter of 2011. The company has expanded service to five new markets in the past year, with plans to expand to several more before the end of 2011.

About Ambit Energy

Ambit Energy is a Dallas-based retail energy provider of electricity and natural gas services in deregulated markets across the U.S., including regions of Texas, Illinois, New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Ambit Energy was named the fastest-growing private company in America for 2010 by Inc. magazine. Focused on being the finest and most-respected energy provider in the industry, Ambit Energy offers smart, cost-effective choices for today’s energy consumer. For more information on Ambit Energy service or to join the Ambit Energy team, visit http://www.AmbitEnergy.com or call (877) 28-AMBIT.

About J.D. Power and Associates

Headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., J.D. Power and Associates is a global marketing information services company operating in key business sectors including market research, forecasting, performance improvement, Web intelligence and customer satisfaction. The company’s quality and satisfaction measurements are based on responses from millions of consumers annually. For more information on car reviews and ratingscar insurancehealth insurancecell phone ratings, and more, please visitJDPower.com. J.D. Power and Associates is a business unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies.

SOURCE Ambit Energy

CONTACT: Robin Stevens of Ambit Energy, 1-877-654-3397, [email protected]

 

Web Site: http://www.jdpower.com


People for the Ethical Treatment of .. Rocks

Appearing at a People Against Dangerous Environmentalism (PADE – pronounced ‘paid’) event, former Vice President Al Gore said that the spotted owl, delta smelt and albino salamander are to blame for the warming of the earth. The sudden proliferation of those protected species and the sudden over-reliance upon solar farms and windmills is creating a warming effect in the atmosphere directly over so-called “green states”.

Having recently pointed out that everything from breathing to cow farts were contributing to man-made global warming, Mr. Gore now explains how environmentalism has become a major contributor to the problem.

There are entire companies springing-up that promote the protection of certain animals and certain types of green energy. Some of them are OK, especially the ones I have a financial stake in. The others, however, are dangerous and we must shut them down – or take them over if that’s to my .. er .. our advantage.

Gore has recently railed against people that eat beef, farmers, people who walk on the left side of the sidewalk, take up two parking spots and “idiots that take the last cup of coffee without making a new pot”. “I can’t believe that everyone isn’t mad at those people. They’re wrong, all of them, and their killing our children – and also – grandma.”

Not everyone is falling in-line with Al’s version of climatology and he’s not taking it sitting down. In a recent conversation with Alex Bogusky, he paralleled climate skepticism to racism saying, “When racist comments would come up in the course of conversations, There came a time when people said, ‘Hey man, why do you talk that way? That’s wrong, I don’t go for that, so don’t talk that way around me. I just don’t believe that.”

Gore also recently visited a solar energy plant in the middle of a baron desert where he scolded the plant owners. After expressing his concerns for the safety of plant workers due to “attacks by spice worms”, Al Gore turned his focus to the company that built the plant.

This plant has irreversibly destroyed 13 cacti which were taking carbon out of the atmosphere and putting it in the sand – where it belongs. Instead of a few cactus, now we have all of you here breathing and stuff – which is bad – really, really bad.

When asked what humans should do, Mr. Gore responded, “Live naked in mud huts, of course – and eat rocks – because rocks don’t remove carbon from the atmosphere.” Joe Blow, president of PETR (people for the ethical treatment of rocks) could not be immediately reached for comment.

 

This entire article is satire, fiction, false, not real, made-up, imaginary. Well, Al Gore is real – unfortunately.

Proposed Natural Gas Act: Dead on Arrival in Washington

NEW YORK, July 27, 2011 — Senior energy executive Karl W. Miller is a major supporter in establishing a comprehensive energy plan for the U.S.

However, Mr. Miller has advised numerous times, government handouts do not work, never have and never will. The capital markets must make investment decisions based upon supply, demand, price points and other factors. Natural gas is no different; producers can’t “jam natural gas” down the consumer’s throat by forced consumption, media blitzes, and government taxes (subsidies on natural gas vehicles, etc.).

The following statement has been issued by Mr. Miller:

What Is the Natural Gas Act?

The essential elements of the failed “Pickens Plan” were incorporated into the New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions Act, or the NAT GAS Act, which was introduced by groups of senators and representatives in the previous two Congresses. The legislation would jump-start the use of natural-gas-powered heavy-duty trucks by giving tax incentives and subsidies to purchasers and manufacturers of natural-gas-powered vehicles.

A bill promoting natural gas vehicles was first introduced in 2008 by archconservative Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK). The first NAT GAS Act was soon introduced by a bipartisan coalition including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and conservative champion Tom Coburn (R-OK).

Chief among those who are pushing conservatives in Congress to drop their support for the NAT GAS Act are the Koch brothers. Charles Koch has been loudly vocalizing his opposition to the “misguided suggestion that the natural-gas industry should receive enormous new subsidies.”

Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) has been leading the conservative attacks against the NAT GAS Act. Rep. Pompeo maintains that he is opposed to “using taxpayer dollars to support targeted interests within the energy sector.”

The new efforts to oppose the NAT GAS Act are paying off, convincing co-sponsors to take the unusual step of publicly withdrawing their support for a bill that they previously cosponsored. Reps. Tim Griffin (R-AR) and Glenn Thompson (R-PA) withdrew their names as sponsors on May 26, joining Reps. Todd Akin (R-MO) and Steve Pearce (R-NM), who dropped their backing earlier in the month. Rep. Thompson had also been a co-sponsor of the 2009 version of the bill.

To see organizations who oppose investments in natural gas vehicles and their statements against “subsidies” for natural gas, go to: http://seekingalpha.com/instablog/522236-karl-w-miller/198849-proposed-natural-gas-act-dead-on-arrival-in-washington

Source: NEAH

Renewed Calls on Obama and Democrats to Focus on America

NEW YORK, July 21, 2011 — Leading Independent and Senior Energy Executive Karl W. Miller today renewed calls for President Obama to start listening to senior industry executives and experts, resolve the U.S. real estate crisis, address depression era unemployment and put a credible national energy plan in place. The debt limit sideshow is a “red herring” and deferring focus away from the true problems facing the U.S. economy.

According to Mr. Miller:

The U.S. economy runs on three key factors: i) a stable housing market; ii) affordable and dependable energy supply; and iii) stable employment environment. Without these three critical factors functioning properly, there will be no meaningful economic recovery in the U.S. economy.

The U.S. Federal Reserve must stop subsidizing the defunct real estate loans in the residential and commercial marketplace which must be properly vetted, written down to net realizable value, and moved off the banks, hedge funds and insurance company books.

The U.S. regulators must force this to happen without preference for any specific group. There will be bankruptcies, bank failures and forced liquidations; these are the cold hard facts of a capitalist society, which the U.S. economy is founded upon.

Politicians must acknowledge where the U.S. economy and energy industry are today. We have serious and deep-rooted problems with no credible national energy plan in place and must start addressing these problems immediately.

The U.S. needs a credible and sensible energy policy and emissions plan. Subsidies and handouts do not work, never have and never will. Natural gas is not the “Holy Grail” but will remain a power generation fuel, heating fuel and select industrial manufacturing fuel. The U.S. has substantial cheap and dependable coal supplies which provide over fifty percent (50%) of the nation’s electricity generation.

President Obama and the Democrats failed to “recognize” the message that the American people sent them in November 2010 as the economy continues to decline, unemployment continues to grow and the real estate crisis continues to worsen.

It is time for Washington to take stock in America and start executing on a credible business plan. Failure to execute is cause for termination in Washington.

 

Pace Global Announces New VP in Renewable Energy Development Group

File:Wind-turbine-icon.svgFAIRFAX, Va., June 14, 2011 — Pace Global Energy Services has named Tim Heinle as vice president in the renewable energy development group in the Fairfax, VA office. Mr. Heinle’s background in solar, wind and clean fuels project development will be applied in a leadership capacity related to renewable energy development and financing.

Fred James, Executive Vice President of Pace Global Energy Services, commented: “Mr. Heinle is an outstanding addition to our renewable energy development team. His depth and experience will enhance Pace Global’s ability to deploy financially attractive renewable energy solutions for our clients.”

Mr. Heinle has more than sixteen years of experience in the energy sector and previously worked at Duke Energy, Magellan Resources Group, and Community Resources. During his tenure as executive vice president of Magellan Resources Group, he played a key role in the development of the largest wind energy facility in the Appalachian Region. His work in alternative energy has also resulted in a billion dollars of federal energy tax credits over the past decade.

 

TrendWatch: How Hurricane Season Can Lead to Gas Crisis

ATLANTA, May 24, 2011 — When Hurricane Katrina shut down the majority of oil      refining capabilities in the Gulf of Mexico in 2005, prices skyrocketed overnight and incited a rush on gasoline that led to a nationwide, weeks-long gas shortage. With prices currently nearing post-Katrina levels on their own, this hurricane season could prove even more damaging to both businesses and consumers.

In a recent look at the 2011 hurricane season’s potential effects on fuel prices, AccuWeather.com detailed how devastating extreme conditions can be to the nation’s fuel infrastructure. While small disruptions occur relatively frequently during hurricane season, the possibility of a major disruption in the near future may be becoming more likely.

According to AccuWeather’s 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast, 2011 is likely to bring a higher than average number of tropical systems than last year, with a higher percentage making direct hits on the U.S. coast. The forecast targets the Texas and Western Louisiana coastlines as areas of greater concern for tropical activity, putting a large percentage of the country’s refineries and offshore platforms in the path of these damaging storms.

When a hurricane causes refineries to close, transportation costs to move oil to other locations are passed down to the consumer. If costs become too high, the platforms themselves must shut down, decreasing supply. This affects fuel prices even more, as well as prices for oil byproducts such as propane, butane and kerosene.

“When an unforeseen event suddenly drives the price of fuel up, smaller businesses have a hard time keeping up,” said Raquel Elie of FleetCards USA TrendWatch. “Owners have to take drastic measures to shore up their expenses, which can mean cutbacks in their budgets or even substantial downsizing. The best safeguard against this is to keep a close eye on prices and always be prepared for a change.”

With the price of fuel in such a volatile state, it is important to guard your fleet against increased costs by managing your fuel spending. Finding cheaper prices on fuel is comforting in the short term, but to effectively manage your expenses, it is important to examine every aspect of your fuel consumption and stop inefficiencies at each step.

 

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