Elections Have Consequenses

BN-KN997_negas0_M_20150929190135Keep that in mind if you live in New England this winter. While you’re freezing in the dark because of high energy prices, the rest of us are enjoying some of the lowest prices in a generation,

Why? Quite simply because we like fracking, and gas pipelines, and you don’t. From the Wall Street Journal.

Natural gas is so abundant in much of the U.S. that producers want to export it overseas. But in New England, gas is so hard to get that companies are importing it from as far away as Yemen.

Natural gas is so abundant and cheap in much of the U.S. that producers want to export it overseas. Except in New England, where gas is so hard to get that companies are importing it from as far away as Yemen.

The U.S. shale boom that has produced a glut of gas—and helped lower many Americans’ home heating bills—has largely bypassed the energy-starved New England. Few pipelines are available to ferry gas from Pennsylvania and Ohio to Connecticut and Maine, and new lines proposed in the region won’t go into service until 2018, or later.

Gas plants currently supply 44% of New England’s electricity, up from just 18% in 2000. Consumers and businesses are also swapping their old furnaces that burn heating oil for newer models that run on gas.

So as the weather cools, problems loom.

When brutal cold hits this winter, energy prices will soar. In Massachusetts, the residential gas price was $14 per thousand cubic feet last January, more than 50% above the national average, according to the U.S. Energy Department. At nearly 21 cents a kilowatt-hour, average first-quarter home electricity prices in New England were two-thirds higher than the U.S. average, federal data show.

Source: In New England, Shale Gas Is Hard to Get – WSJ

Oh, and it’s supposed to be snowier and colder than normal this year, so you can’t even count on global warming to keep your butt warm.

Enjoy!

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10 Responses to Elections Have Consequenses

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  2. the unit says:

    Highly interesting article to me. I can’t stand the cold, even in northwest Florida. Or the electric bills which are worse than summer.
    You inspired me to read about natural gas. We have a Okaloosa Gas Co line down our driveway( comes across the road from neighbors yard and goes on and I guess on). I think it comes all the way from Texas. I looked that up years ago. Have the usual don’t dig here signs and all. Company comes every couple of years and spray paints on the road and in dirt drive where the line runs. Spray painting the dirt is very helpful? I guess short term. Wish congress had such.
    What I learned from reading @ Wiki…the gas flowing is gaseous form as liquified is cooled, so couldn’t be that form down my drive all the way from Texas. Also said it is mostly methane and odorless, like cow pollution and human. Odorless? Why then do I smell a stinky odor when I pull the election lever at election time and release a little gas which voting makes me do nowadays ? 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      heh! I’ve been colder in OK and texas than I ever was in Dakota. usually don’t have the right clothes, and nothing’s designed for it. That’s how marking is done when somebody is going to dig- it’s designed to be short term, and I too wish Congress would do the same. Don’t know much about gas myself, but it is odorless, they specifically put methane in to make it smell, cuts done on the number of houses blowing up. Why the voting machine smell? Well, garbage in garbage​ out, I guess.

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      • the unit says:

        Now, now you know NEO it’s hydrogen sulfide added! I guess at the voting booth too. 🙂
        Voting booth climate smell change.

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        • NEO says:

          Actually I do (or at least used to) know that 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Just think of the smell ole John Doe gives off, permanently, nothing added just liberal odor. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Quite, disgusting, or quite disgusting, take your choice of punctuation. 🙂

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