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The Abominable Snowman

Winter officially begun December 21; however, mother nature did not wait for this day. She had already wreaked havoc across the world, especially in Europe and the US. Europe, unlike the United States, depends solely on imported energy.

A harsh arctic blast caused holidays lights to be dimmed, decreasing the number of holiday shoppers, hurting the European economy. The Grinch had struck some of the most expensive shopping streets in Europe. Heated toilets were no longer a norm. Wow! I have never shopped where there is a heated toilet. Hmm. Europeans were also asked to lower their heating and to take shorter showers to cut energy costs as the fears of the winter crisis emerged. Even the Eiffel Tower was considering shortening their hours of nighttime lighting which amounts to only 4% of the landmark’s electricity use.

The costs of heating are hurting millions of households in Europe, so the government is trying to come up with a plan to help those most affected; however, the grid is overloaded, and blackouts may be a real possibility.  Even with the UK Minister trying to be positive about the ability to provide heating throughout the winter, many citizens cannot afford clothing and other items to get through the winter as they are already in debt.

The winter forecast for the rest of the season does not appear to be lessening with more snow, rain and ice in the forecast. People are advised to keep a supply of food and medicine to avoid venturing out.

Can this happen in America? Yes, it can especially if we depend more on other countries to supply our energy needs such as heating. Currently the winter has been harsh in parts of the US with breaking temperatures in Colorado and extreme snow in Buffalo, New York. Many have died and the winter season is slightly under a month old. The worst of the winter is around the corner. The way to avoid the European scenario is to be a totally independent energy nation controlling our own destiny.

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The Good, the Bad and The Ugly of Owning an Electric Vehicle

In this article, we want to take a critical eye to what it means to own an electric vehicle, or EV for short. Like most other products, there are pros and cons. If you’re in the market or considering a purchase, you’re in luck because we’ve put together a short article, we hope you use if and when you’re making a decision about moving away from gas-powered vehicles.

Good:

In comparison to its gas-guzzling counterparts, the EV gets better overall mileage and, with fewer movable parts, requires less maintenance. You’ll never find yourself watching the odometer, checking when you’re due for your next oil change. EVs also don’t require spark plugs or fuel filters. Also, the brake pads’ lifespan is longer. All of these perks add up to fewer trips to the mechanic and lower maintenance costs. And speaking of money, purchasing an EV can be affordable when you factor in rebates and manufacturers’ incentives. Plus, you’re making an environmentally conscious choice when you drive an EV.

Bad:

The first issue you will likely run into with owning an EV is the lack of charging stations. Looking for an EV charging station is like looking for a bathroom for a  three year old – desperation sets in! Furthermore, how likely you are to have access to a charging station largely depends on where you are. The state of Louisiana has the fewest EV chargers per capita in the United States, while Vermont has the most. Louisiana has a love affair with large engines and its economy is driven by oil and gas. On the flip side, Vermont is a very small state with  no oil and gas revenues. In both scenarios, the states’ wealth or lack of charging stations hinges on how the state culture and resources rather than consumer needs.

What’s more,  imagine if the electric grid is overloaded and you are told by your city government you cannot charge your vehicle. Think it won’t happen? Think again. This very scenario recently played out in California, and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to tell you how that might have negatively impacted those residents. Some of them might have been forced to call an Uber or Lyft to work or sort out carpooling. It’s certainly not the end of the world, but just this one example demonstrates how your life might be disrupted should the power supply be short.

Ugly:

A mishap at the charging station leads to your truck battery exploding. Recently, a tourist traveling with his family and two dogs stopped at an EV charging station in Newport, Oregon. Once the car was charged, he heard a deafening boom. Both the truck and the station were dead, and the truck had to be towed because the 12V battery was kaput. At the time of this publishing, the cause of the problem is still unknown.

Other EV owners have been forced to cancel their Christmas plans after discovering their cars wouldn’t charge in freezing weather. With the thermometer recording 19 degrees temps and a car with only 40 percent battery life, the owner wasn’t able to fully charge the car. Even after traveling to a different charging station the next day, the result was the same. Without the ability to charge the car fully, the owner was forced to cancel holiday plans.

Conclusion: 

If you are going to own an EV, you might consider having  a backup plan such as owning a gas-powered or a hybrid vehicle.

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A Canary in a Mine

Mining?  Does it still exist in the US, or anywhere for that matter?  After reading a recent article on mining, my mind started to wonder.  It brought me back to the movie, Coal Miner’s Daughter, about the life of Loretta Lynn and the hardships of mining in Kentucky.  This was my first introduction to mining.  Growing up in the Deep South mining was only in the movies or so I thought.  Yes, I remember seeing freight cars carrying coal, but to where I would often ask my father. And frankly I never gave mining much thought except for a canary in the coal mine. Not fully understanding what the phrase meant, I, like many, went on about my life as this was, and is in a distant world. The phrase means a canary is released in the mine. If dangerous gases exit, the canary will die warning the miners to exit quickly.

Mining dates to colonial times, the late 1760’s. There is a debate amongst sources which colony mining originated in. No, it is not Kentucky or West Virginia. Honestly, I thought these were the only two states that had coal mines. Who would have guessed? Rhode Island and Pennsylvania own this claim to fame.  Several other colonies followed.

For most of us coal is a dirty, black sedimentary rock that is put in naughty people’s stockings at Christmas and possibly in the non-gas BBQ pits.  Very few of us realize that coal is responsible for a lot more than BBQ pits and electricity generation.  Lack of coal would affect global transportation – trucking, railroad and sea, and international trade.  Coal can be converted to diesel fuel through a distillation process at refineries; therefore, no diesel and bunker fuel (any fuel used on board a ship) would mean large scale international trade would shut down.  Stock markets around the world may possibly stop to keep the economy from collapsing.  Yes, a shutdown is rare, but it does happen.

The US is the number one or two mining producer in the world for multiple commodities such as gypsum, limestone, salt, phosphate, and sulphur. And what is missing? Coal. The number one country in the world for mining coal is China. In the US, the deepest coal mine is a surface coal mine in Wyoming; however, this is one of the largest deposits in the world and located in the Black Thunder Coal Mine in the Powder River Basin.

Due to COVID19 and the decrease in imported Russian gas to countries around the world including the US, coal is making a comeback. The US has 229 operational coal-fire powdered stations which generates 21.9% of the US electricity. Coal has also made a major comeback in Europe due to the war.

However, because of the backlash of coal being environmentally dirty, this presents a great case for producing more natural gas (NG). Natural gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel around. When burned, NG produces mostly carbon dioxide and water vapor which are the same substances emitted when a human exhales. Until more natural gas is produced, coal is here to stay.

*www.eig.gov/coal (U.S. Energy Information Administration)

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Twelve Days of Christmas

The traditional twelve days of Christmas are the last six days (December 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, and 31) of the current year or old year, and the six days (January 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) of the next year or new year.  The traditional English Christmas carol counts off each day by a gift that was given.  This is a parody using the items that fossil fuels are responsible for giving us throughout time whether it is by oil, natural gas, diesel, coal, plastic, metal components, etc.

On the first day of Christmas, fossil fuels gave to me

A Ford Model T

On the second day of Christmas, fossil fuels gave to me

Two Wright planes, and

A Ford Model T

On the third day of Christmas, fossil fuels gave to me

Three locomotives

Two Wright planes, and

A Ford Model T

On the fourth day of Christmas, fossil fuels gave to me

Four TVs playing

Three locomotives

Two Wright planes, and

A Ford Model T

On the fifth day of Christmas, fossil fuels gave to me

Five candles burning

Four TVs playing

Three locomotives

Two Wright planes, and

A Ford Model T

On the sixth day of Christmas, fossil fuels gave to me

Six cell phones ringing

Five candles burning

Four TVs playing

Three locomotives

Two Wright planes, and

A Ford Model T

On the seventh day of Christmas, fossil fuels gave to me

Seven yachts a-sailing

Six cell phones ringing

Five candles burning

Four TVs playing

Three locomotives

Two Wright planes, and

A Ford Model T

On the eight day of Christmas, fossil fuels gave to me

Eight rocket ships a-soaring

Seven yachts a-sailing

Six cell phones ringing

Five candles burning

Four TVs playing

Three locomotives

Two Wright planes, and

A Ford Model T

On the ninth day of Christmas, fossil fuels gave to me

Nine ovens baking

Eight rocket ships a-soaring

Seven yachts a-sailing

Six cell phones ringing

Five candles burning

Four TVs playing

Three locomotives

Two Wright planes, and

A Ford Model T

On the tenth day of Christmas, fossil fuels gave to me

Ten computers humming

Nine ovens baking

Eight rocket ships a-soaring

Seven yachts a-sailing

Six cell phones ringing

Five candles burning

Four TVs playing

Three locomotives

Two Wright planes, and

A Ford Model T

On the eleventh day of Christmas, fossil fuels gave to me

Eleven tractors running

Ten computers humming

Nine ovens baking

Eight rocket ships a-soaring

Seven yachts a-sailing

Six cell phones ringing

Five candles burning

Four TVs playing

Three locomotives

Two Wright planes, and

A Ford Model T

On the twelfth day of Christmas, fossil fuels gave to me

Twelve heaters warming

Eleven tractors running

Ten computers humming

Nine ovens baking

Eight rocket ships a-soaring

Seven yachts a-sailing

Six cell phones ringing

Five candles burning

Four TVs playing

Three locomotives

Two Wright planes, and

A Ford Model T.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

May 2023 be a better fossil fuel year!

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Ghosts of Christmas

Scrooge, bah humbug!  Sound familiar?  Inflation, rising prices, high gas prices, rising home heating costs, high grocery prices, recession, political turmoil, and a decrease in Santa’s Christmas load in his sleigh. They all are a product of the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and possibly the future.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens published in 1843 has similarities to our past, present and future.  I do not mean just the story itself, which was based on the culture in England at the time.  I am speaking of his struggles with publishing the book itself and trying to change the attitude of the people regarding the poor.

This may be a different time and country, but the trials and tribulations are the same. The ghost of Christmas past represents the volatility of the oil and gas industry. In the 1980s the industry had a major downturn or a collapse which was caused by the Yom-Kippur War in 1973 and the Iranian Revolution of 1979.  Both crises resulted in a disruption of oil supplies. This volatility happened again in the second half of 2008, but this time a major recession caused oil and gas prices to fall more than 65% in less than a year. The outcome was a decrease in demand and other economic issues such as high mortgage rates and increased unemployment. OPEC has a history of cutting production when prices drop below a financial point causing the ghost to raise his head which results in an increase of gas prices at the pump. Whether it was the ghost of Christmas past, an economic turmoil or the collapse of the oil industry, each affected our economy.

The ghost of Christmas present is sabotaging the oil and gas industry by limiting and/or denying any permits to increase production and preventing us from being an independent oil and gas nation. The current administration points a finger at the oil and gas corporations for high prices; however, Exxon, Mobil and others are not the ones responsible for the price influx. Meanwhile our oil strategic reserves are being depleted rapidly. Small independents are waiting on the sidelines for the go ahead to start drilling. Millions of jobs hang in the balance.  Also, the economy as we know it is swinging like a pendulum, inflation to recession.  How long will it be before someone figures it out? We need to do something now and not later as later may be too late.

Since the US House will be controlled by the Republicans who tend to be more pro-oil and gas, will there be a chance the ghost of Christmas future will be a positive one? There are two scenarios that may occur in the future. Will we become a nation independent of the global dependency or will we be rolling down the hill like a locomotive that cannot stop? The former will be an independent nation with a thriving economy, low fuel costs at the pump, restored strategic reserves, and millions of jobs saved. The alternative is high unemployment and interest rates, high fuel costs, and dependency on foreign world powers. Which ghost of the future do you want to see?

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Grinch Stole the Night Before Christmas

The night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.  The stockings were hung on the chimney with care…  Santa comes riding in on his sleigh driven by eight reindeer. This is the 1822 version.

The 2022 version is totally different. Santa is riding in on his sleigh powered by natural gas and able to make it around the world to deliver his presents in a fraction of the time and to celebrate with Mrs. Claus. Oh no! I am sadly mistaken! We are living in 2022, where Santa is now being forced to drive an e-bike to make his deliveries especially since our fossil fuels are being depleted from our strategic reserves. The battery time for an e-bike is 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the load.  No more reindeer and no more trip around the world in a night. There is no way for all the presents to be delivered. It appears most good little boys and girls will not receive their presents from Santa wondering if they are on the naughty list. Due to poor delivery times and pure exhaustion, Santa will put in his resignation and the commercial side of Christmas will disappear. The elves will be given their pink slips and now must find a new job. And the reindeer will spend their remaining days at a reindeer farm. OMG! The stock market will have a negative return after this news. The Grinch has taken over Whoville, better known as the White House.

Why do I say our reserves are being depleted? Reserves are like a bank account. If you withdraw and do not deposit, the balance shrinks. Once it is gone, it is gone. The current president, as well as environmentalists, are adamant on withdrawing without restoring. There is more than enough fossil fuels in the US to become independent of foreign countries and to restore our strategic reserves to full capacity if the US companies were given the green light on permits. Permits are in a holding pattern and have been since 2021. Meanwhile, we will pay extremely high gas prices which are at their highest since the previous record in 2012. As of November 23, 2020, gas was an average of $2.194 per gallon, November 22, 2021 gas was an average of $3.493, and November 21, 2022 gas was $3.763 per gallon.*  You do not need to be a Mathematician or a Statistician to know the increase in prices have hit our wallet. Only time will tell who will win this battle, Grinch or the US citizens. Currently Grinch is winning.  We can only hope he loses the war as he did in Whoville.

While we are waiting, I am going to tackle my Christmas list and remember fossil fuels are responsible for most items I will be using and purchasing for this holiday season. Black Friday and Cyber Monday, will both help me reduce the attack on my budget with my computer purchase for my son and enough wrapping paper and bows to use to place it under tree. I also want to purchase candles for Auntie Em and a gift card for Uncle Fred. Grandma needs a new artificial lighted Christmas tree for her tabletop. I think I will also include new ornaments with a star tree topper and a manger. Since it is so hard to come up with gifts for everyone, gift cards will be perfect.

*ycharts.com/indicators/us_gas_price (US Retail Gas Price)

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A Trip in the Wind

Time for a road trip, and, no, I don’t mean Thelma and Louise-style. As you drive across parts of the US featuring vast open land, you may see a windmill or two. Do you wonder why it stands lonely in the middle of nowhere?  Water-pumping windmills, or wind pumps as they may be called, were once used throughout the US to produce electricity. Starting in the mid-1800s, the first windmill came about, and, at its peak, the US had more than one million of them. Most are gone now, a thing of the past  that began to disappear around the 1930s when power lines were extended to rural areas. The remaining ones are on farms and ranches to supply water to livestock.

Are we going full circle? Maybe. Will history repeat itself? Wind energy was expanded due to oil shortages and environmental concerns; however, natural gas (NG), which is not only clean, supplies more than 38%* of our energy source in the US, but NG can deliver heat to a larger population.

Currently, Germany is dismantling an entire wind farm to expand a lignite (coal) mine to supply electricity for heat. This is set to be completed by the end of 2023. Yes, subsidies disappeared and the costs of operating the farm were proving uneconomical, so a government-made solution had to be implemented. Although the government decided to dismantle the farm, there are still plans to stop using fossil fuels by 2030 in the region. I guess the German citizens will have to resort to wood burning fireplaces and extra blankets. If the wind farm didn’t work in 2022, what makes them think it will work in 2030? I guess the answer depends on which way the wind blows.

Speaking of wind, if there is no wind, then the windmills will sit idle. This means NO electricity, not just partial electricity. Maybe 2030 will produce more wind; however, I’m not able to look into my crystal ball and say for sure. If I were a German citizen, I would advise my government to think long and hard about doing away with fossil fuels. Anyone thinking of litigation while the German citizens freeze to death in their harsh winters?

While on the road, I discovered there is a windmill museum. It’s called the Mid-American Windmill Museum and it’s located in Kendallville, Indiana. This is a museum for history buffs. There, you can check out more than 50 operating water-pumping windmills. They’ve been restored for public consumption at a dedicated museum, and that’s just where they belong, in a museum, not dotting the landscape in an attempt to generate my much-needed electricity.

  • Information supplied by the eia, U.S. Energy Information Administration, as of November 2022.
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Diesel Running Low

Monday morning and the alarm is blaring; it’s time to get up. Into the kitchen I go, looking forward to my first cup of freshly brewed coffee. Oh no!!! Who drank all the coffee? Half asleep, I drive down the mountain to the nearest store in pursuit of my favorite coffee beans. NO COFFEE!! You must be kidding me? I approach the first sales associate I see and ask in a grizzly bear tone, “Where is the coffee?” She proceeds to tell me there is a supply shortage and the delivery trucks are limited due to a shortage of diesel fuel.

The news reported the East Coast is being hit with lack of diesel fuel, but I live in the Rocky Mountains. This can’t be happening! There was a diesel shortage in 2008 right before spring that year. This time the shortage is happening prior to fall. Not good. Somehow, I don’t see a non-diesel vehicle delivering my coffee to the store. It would be interesting to watch them try.

My mind is envisioning no cereal for the kids. Unhappy kids, unhappy parents, and that’s just the beginning. Farm equipment such as tractors and combines also operate with diesel. This equipment is responsible for planting, harvesting, and bailing hay. Without diesel the produce will not get picked, and no shipment can be made for processing or delivery. Also, what about those Christmas presents I ordered from Santa Claus for my kids? No diesel, no deliveries from Amazon, FedEx, and UPS. Scrooge has just hit the holidays!

Planning to visit grandma for the holidays by plane? You may want to consider an alternative mode of travel. Jet fuel uses the same fuel components as the delivery trucks. 

Temperatures are starting to drop and the first day of winter is a little over a month away. In the Rockies, we’re already seeing snow and temperatures dipping into the single digits. Utilities are starting to buy heating oil, but what happens when there isn’t any? Better service your wood fireplace and get those extra blankets that you have stored away ready. You may need them this winter. 

We thought things were bad during COVID-19, but that had nothing to do with diesel. We receive 70% of our petroleum products, distillate inventory, that we use to create diesel from Russia. Yes, that Russia which is at war with Ukraine. We’ve stopped importing all products from Russia for the foreseeable future. Where will our distillate inventory come from? Next question.

If only we could become more independent in producing our own petroleum products, which we are entirely capable of, barring government control and red tape. That would save us  from facing empty grocery shelves.  My coffee would be brewing, and my children would be enjoying their favorite sugar cereal. We would be one happy family.  And the sales associate would not go running the next time she sees me in the store.

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Oil and Gas vs Green?

What do you think of when someone says “oil and gas”? Gasoline at the gas pump? Makes sense, but do you know these two commodities play an enormous role in our everyday lives? Every industry such as aeronautical, agriculture, automotive, communications, construction, medical, pharmaceutical, etc. uses oil and gas to manufacture its products. Next time you reach for your cell phone, remember the
phone is made with petroleum by-products.

If we were to eliminate oil and gas and go green, which many are proposing, our world as we live in today would cease to exist. Ideas being thrown around by environmentalists and other anti-oil and gas proponents are solar, wind turbines, and e-cars, to name a few. However, there are consequences to making the switch.

In the last several months, both California and Denver, Colorado, residents were hit with a reality check. Both areas were told to turn up their A/C thermostats to 80+ degrees due to the power grid overloading. What’s more, California residents were advised not to charge their electric cars for the same reason. Many folks can tolerate heat; however, if you cannot drive your car, how do you go to work, take your children to school, or visit a sick relative? Not sure about you, but when I want to go somewhere I want to get in my car and go. I do not want to worry about a charging station or a downed electrical grid. It’s also important to consider the cost of the vehicle, insurance, and installation of a charging station in your garage. Most houses were not and are not designed for a charging station.

Solar and wind turbines sound good in theory, what happens when the sun doesn’t shine, or the wind doesn’t blow for days at a time? Very cold nights could mean no internet or TV, and no hot water. All appliances like washing machines and the stove will be rendered inoperable. Currently, homes are powered by natural gas to keep you warm and produce hot water for showers.

E-cars and hybrid cars – Are they here to stay or are they simply a fad? Interesting question. Let me give you some food for though, call it an example of what you do not want to happen and would not happen if you have an engine powered by gas. Recently my neighbor called frantically asking if I had a hybrid car and my response was “No.” Her daughter and two-year old twins were trying to leave her house when her daughter’s hybrid car could not be accessed because of a dead battery. In order to open the car doors, the battery must be operational, which made this an even more challenging experience for this young family. To make a long story short, the son-in-law had to make a trip to remove the battery from the trunk and take it to be charged. After many hours and cranky toddlers, he was able to install the battery back in and they were able to go home. Now how would this scenario have played out if they were out of town and the son-in-law was not with them?

Oil and gas are here to stay due to convenience and reliability. Unfortunately, we may have to endure high prices at the pump until the current administration is willing to move the US to oil and gas independence. There are more than enough reserves to supply our lifestyles. The moratorium must be removed from drilling and producing permits. Also, our strategic reserves need to be restored. It is not the responsibility of a foreign entity to provide us with oil and gas.

Next time we will explore oil and gas in another industry.

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The Real Cost To Humanity If We Fully Transitioned Away From Oil & Gas

Is It Possible To Save The World From Climate Change With The Current Plan To Transition Away From Oil & Gas?

With fossil fuels taking part in every aspect of our daily modern lives, what would it take for us to completely transition into energizing our society with alternative forms of renewable energy generation through technology such as solar, hydroelectric, or wind power?

Experienced Petroleum Reservoir Engineer, Kurt Mire, examines factual, scientifically published peer-reviewed data to illuminate a different perspective that shows how difficult that transition would feel to the average person on a worldwide scale.

His solution explores a future that not only continues fossil fuel production, but increases production in order to meet upcoming global energy demands by exploring emerging technologies arising in the efficient, safer, and less toxic methods to increase productivity from the upstream to the downstream petroleum production process.

With advances in artificial intelligence, blockchain, horizontal drilling, geological reservoir exploration & extraction technologies, it isn’t impossible to envision a future that strengthens US energy independence to meet a higher energy demand that will be using optimized process technology-enhanced systems to ensure everyone avoids an energy shortage like the one we are beginning to see right now in a way that produces the least amount of damage to our environment and greatly reduces negative impacts on the environment from greenhouse gas emissions.

Links To Sources Referenced:
https://reason.com/2010/12/30/cracked…

https://www.investopedia.com/ask/answ…

https://www.eqmagpro.com/wp-content/u…

https://www.e-education.psu.edu/eme80…

https://www.epa.gov/air-trends/air-qu…

https://ourworldindata.org/indoor-air…

https://reason.com/2021/07/02/to-stop…

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A Fracking Ban Would Be A Climate Catastrophe

Search the term ‘climate change’ or ‘global warming’ and you’ll see the results championing all types of renewable ‘green’ energy. Despite the fact that our entire energy infrastructure revolves around oil and gas, everyone has decided to do surface-level research on our energy economy and risk a dangerous crisis in our country.

Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels, and The Truth About Environmental Health.


The popular mainstream opinion about the oil and gas industry these days is all negative. Fossil fuels, and especially fracking, are the absolute devil’s goo that will kill us all if we do not stop drilling ASAP. The reality is far more complicated since not all fossil fuels are created equal.

Try telling the high profile media outlets that a scientist studied the effects of fracking and determined that it actually reduces the environmental impact of oil and gas production by increasing the productivity of each well. Current trends show air quality has greatly improved using reliable fossil fuel energy.

That should come as a surprise to no one who has done their a little research. Renewable energy is very inefficient and generates lots of pollutants during the production process. Just because no greenhouse gasses are emitted during operation doesn’t mean it’s the miracle cure for the environment.

There is only one sensible solution when presented with the facts. Continue to push technological innovations for all petroleum processes from top to bottom.

Yet When Presenting the True, Scientific Facts, All We Get Is… Silence


If these technological transformations can yield a reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions of up to 12 gigatonnes (GT) by 2040 while strengthening our local economy, why would you choose an alternative that will cause an economic catastrophe?

Is A Nationwide Ban On Fracking Coming Soon?


Unsurprisingly, the current administration is choosing to go with the crowd instead of doing what is right. I can’t imagine a worst way to sabotage the prosperity of your own nation than ending its energy independence by banning the innovation that removed the immense national security risk of our foreign oil dependence.

Yet, the administration continues to invest in technology that isn’t even a real option. Biden’s new ‘green’ energy plan outlines a $2 trillion accelerated investment plan for hydrogen fuel cells. This technology hasn’t even been proven to work, with former anti-fossil fuel advocate Tesla CEO Elon Musk calling them “staggeringly dumb”.

All we can do now is continue to innovate within the oil & gas industry so that fracking may continue to provide the energy we need, with or without the government’s help.

Title Picture Credit To Markus Spiske

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What Should The Oil And Gas Industry Expect In 2021?

PowerPoint Link With Presentation Information

2020 Was The Worst Year For Oil & Gas

It’s no secret that 2020 was the worst year in history for the oil & gas industry.

Production crashed down and the mainstream sentiment towards the industry was extremely negative.

But we should remain positive as I believe things will improve in 2021.

Oil Prices Looking Up?

Oil is now over $50 per barrel, this should provide some relief for the operating companies.

Drilling activity in the United States is slowly increasing which should help the service companies.

World oil demand is projected to increase this year.

A Positive Oil & Gas Project From 2020???

There was one bright spot in the grim year of 2020, coming from the small South American country of Guyana.

A few years ago, large discoveries of oil & gas were made offshore Guyana.

These reserves began producing in late 2019 and the tiny nation experienced a 26% economic growth rate in 2020.

The Only Country With Economic Growth Last Year….All Thanks To Oil & Gas

This proves there is still a future for the oil & gas industry. It is still relevant despite what is said about the ‘transition’ to green energy.

With the income from oil and gas, the government has plans for large infrastructure projects that will benefit the citizens.

STAY POSITIVE!!

Let’s work together to promote our great industry, get folks back to work and production up as demand improves.

I am looking forward to a good 2021 ….. and I hope you are too.

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Your Smart Phone Does More Harm To The Planet Than Fracking.

Instead of buying that shiny, new smart phone in order to share that anti-fracking article, climate “activists” should look in the mirror to see what’s really causing environmental harm.

Electronic Waste Is Causing An Environmental Catastrophe Much Worse Than Fracking.

When you get the new iPhone (or solar panel) , where do you think that ends up?

We’ve all seen those ‘e-waste’ recycling kiosks at the entrances of Wall-Mart, so they clearly go to an American recycling facility right?

Wrong.

If climate activists did a little research, they would see that their waste isn’t getting recycled at all.

#oilandgas #climatechange #petroleum #environment #energy #naturalgas #pollution #ewaste #foodforthought #smartphones #thirdworld #firstworld #noonetalksabouthis #facts
Millions of tonnes of electronic waste ends up in Africa and Asia, legally and illegally. Greenpeace/BAN

That’s right, all of those metals you thought were getting recycled are actually just being dumped across the African landscape, poisoning the water and food supplies of millions of individuals.

The clouds of plastic-reeking fumes filling the air with dioxin, while bromide, arsenic, lead, mercury, and other runoff spills into the water, wiping out all the fish, making the water impossible to drink.

The video below was taken almost 10 years ago, and the problem has only gotten worse from there.

We’ve all seen the apocalyptic movies, chilling PSA commercials, and the continuous spike in global temperatures.

Next time you see a climate activist protesting the oil & gas industry with their shiny new iPhone, show them this video.

This is a form of colonialism that isn’t about the environment but rather the hypocrisy of entitled first world “activists” that don’t consider the ramification of their actions.

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Bitcoin Can Save The Oil And Gas Industry


Most of you have already heard of bitcoin’s phenomenal price rise in recent weeks, or maybe you noticed its big price increase in 2017. Today just one bitcoin sells for an amazing $27,000. But can this new digital currency save the damaged oil & gas industry?

Last week our lead engineer Kurt Mire wrote an open letter to Oil & Gas Investor Magazine editor Steve Toon. Toon’s recent editorial described how the oil & gas industry was being phased out in lieu of renewable energy, essentially waving the white flag for the petroleum industry. A bold move when considering that oil & gas employs hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Here at Vive La Frack! we are committed to promoting 21st- century solutions that leverage new technologies that can both save the environment & preserve the economy. We do not agree with the mainstream media’s contention that we have to move exclusively to renewable (unreliable) energy.

Bitcoin Is Much More Than Only A Digital Coin


The most common description of bitcoin is one of a safe digital currency, but, as with all tech-related concepts, that is only an oversimplification of the truly revolutionary technology.

A better descriptor for how the underlying bitcoin technology could save the oil & gas industry is by thinking of it simply as a timekeeping system, divided into ‘blocks’ of time that store digital files with an ultra-secure and accurate timestamp.

This works well for currency, bitcoin in this example, because every transaction is recorded and is able to be viewed as a measure of trust, but the details of the transaction cannot be seen as a measure of security.

How Can This Tech Save The Dying Oil & Gas Industry?


To save the industry we must acknowledge its problems.

The first issue is that we simply have too much oil, the demand is lower than supply, driving costs and oil company profits down.

The second issue is the mainstream backlash against hydrocarbons and the push to support renewable energy.

The problem with this is we don’t only use petroleum for transportation and electrical power, we use it to produce numerous consumer goods. Here’s a small list:

  • Construction materials such as paint, caulking, roofing shingles, asphalt, and pipes
  • Protective coatings and waterproofing chemicals
  • Safety materials such as hard hats, safety goggles
  • Clothing fibers such as nylon, polyester, acrylic, and spandex
  • Clothing accessories such as handbags, sunglasses, phone cases, and jewelry
  • Household products like cooking tools, domestic appliances, and cleaning products
  • Beauty products consisting of nail polish, perfumes, some make-up, and hair coloring
  • Personal hygiene products such as soap, toothbrushes, and shampoo
  • Nearly all medical machinery in hospitals & medical implants like heart valves and artificial limbs
  • Sporting equipment such as surfboards, basketballs, and skate wheels
  • All electronics ranging from TVs to computers and cell phones
  • Legos, dolls, frisbees, crayons and markers, and balloons are all children’s toys that contain plastics made from oil
  • Agricultural fertilizers, herbicides, and insecticides are all oil byproducts (You know, the stuff that makes it possible to feed billions of people worldwide)

So, despite what you see on TV, unless we can use solar cells to power the world, it is not going to be easy to get rid of oil like everyone is predicting.

This is good news. Even if every aspect of transportation energy is phased out of oil & gas to alternatives, oil & gas will still have a future providing materials for all the petroleum-based products on that list.

The Blockchain Solution To Every Oil & Gas Issue


The short answer is efficiency and trust.

Blockchain technology can make every point on the oil & gas logistic chain a finely tuned machine of near-zero resource waste.

Imagine a technology that could help the upstream oil industry to securely, safely, and optimally bring together millions of communication points, organize it all together and achieve a reduction of costs & harmful greenhouse gasses.

What if there were a system in the midstream arena that could perfect the massive logistical nightmare of storing and transporting oil? Or what about a system to handle substantial data processing done for regulatory compliance and environment protection? With blockchain, this becomes a piece of cake. Ethereum Blockchain technology can provide multi-stakeholder information sharing, asset tracking, disaster & risk mitigation, and infrastructure maintenance.

The downstream sector would receive the same benefits mentioned for the other upstream and downstream, but would really see a breakthrough by using a platform with smart legal contracts that can reduce time, energy, and costs. This would help all energy companies and consumers.

I know what you’re thinking – “Sounds fantastic, but how far away are we from achieving this tech in all those commercial ways?”

The Revolutionary Blockchain Technology Of The Future Is Already Being Used


There’s a reason bitcoin is skyrocketing faster than black gold from a gusher: Companies across all industries, not just oil & gas, are already using the crypto-blockchain tech developed a few years ago when bitcoin made its first rising star appearance in the investment world.

Since then thousands of companies have begun investing in blockchain ledgers to not only be innovative, but also to help create the next series of scientific advancements in a shorter amount of time.

Here are some of those companies in our industry:

When Will Our Economy See The Benefits From All These Projects That Are In Operation?


It’s Hard to say. Regardless of what I just stated, changing mainstream sentiment and achieving noticeable change will be an uphill battle.

But we are here to tell every single person who is being affected by the decline of the oil & gas industry – do not give up!

There is hope for a future in which all forms of energy can coexist in harmony, using the advantages of both and the incredible technological re-imagining of what is possible.

For those of you who disagree with that statement and would rather live in a bubble of pessimistic doubt about the preservation of one of the most useful and beneficial industries of human civilization, please leave us a comment or send us a direct message on any of our social media platforms and tell us exactly how renewable energy can overcome all of the hurdles I mentioned in this article. Start by reading about the lasting effects Covid-19 will have on oil & gas and how it will come back from this a more lean and efficient industry.

For everyone else rooting for the underdog, thanks for reading and Vive La Frack!

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Renewable Solar Energy Causes More Toxic Pollution Than You Think.

The Real Inconvenient Truth: How Current Green Solar Technology Is Not All It’s Cracked Up To Be.


We’ve all seen the apocalyptic movies, chilling PSA commercials, and the continuous spike in global temperatures.

But what are some of the first things that comes to mind when it comes to passing the guilty verdict on what to blame?

  • Oil & Gas Drilling?
  • Coal Mining?
  • Fracking?
  • Nuclear Waste?

Sure, all of these things could result in a negative outcome when the proper procedures aren’t followed or if outdated technology is used.

One could even say that every energy source on that list has environmental ramifications to their own degree.

But why do the majority of climate change activists never talk about the abysmal horror of pollutants caused by solar energy panels?

If you thought fracking was bad, wait until you see how ‘green’ solar panels poison our air and water supply.

When you think of solar panels you think of ‘green’ energy, clean, renewable, but where do you think those panels go when they reach their lifetime use?

Surely they get recycled since they have valuable metals inside them right?

Wrong.

See when they started making these they didn’t think about the toxic pollution it would cause, they were hoping to begin new energy sources other than oil & gas because in theory solar panels use Photovoltaic panels that last about 30 years, so it wasn’t like they were in a rush to find out.

Solar panels have been around for awhile, with Jimmy Carter installing one on the White House roof during his presidency, so what happened?

China happened.

Their explosion of manufacturing led to a surge of low quality solar panels being produced cheaply and in mass for profit getting shipped all over the world.

These solar panels in question have large amounts of lead, copper and zinc, which are extremely harmful to the environment when tossed into a landfill.

Since people thought it was better than oil & gas, they bought into it, and china made a killing. Now the truth is coming out about their low quality standards in the panels’ manufacturing process.

These panels have already begun causing a huge environmental crisis in Australia.

I know what you’re thinking, can’t we just recycle them?

It’s A Bird…No, It’s A Plane…Wait, It’s A Photovoltaic Death Ray?

Let’s go ahead and disregard the environmental toxicity that is being ignored when the facts of solar energy are presented, let’s talk about what happens when a technology is put in place with a disregard to it’s long term effects.

The Ivanpah solar plant was a massive undertaking in the mojave dessert, the largest solar production system in the world at the time, with special notes being taken as this was the only one of it’s time, and they were not aware of the long term consequences.

Not only did this cause questionable responses from scientists already concerned from the toxic chemicals used to operate the plant, but upon a few months of operation they could already see that they had accidentally created a death ray from the thousands of solar panels pointing towards the thermal tower.

This beam of energy has caused pilots to reroute their flights out of fears that it could flip the plane and it has caused a countless number of birds to explode when crossing the beams, something the company anticipated by offering $1.8 million (£1m) in compensation for anticipated bird deaths when the site finished construction. 

While this has nothing to do with environmental pollution directly, it must still be taken into account considering all of the variables within the situation.

After all, the fossil fuel market is still very much operational at this point, which makes the pricing less competitive, which factors into how much pollutants are directly and indirectly responsible from utilizing solar energy from its theoretical transition after oil & gas.

It would be simple if we were cavemen looking for an energy source from scratch, but that isn’t the case, the transitional costs and lifetime cycle must be taken into account.

Especially if we don’t have a recycling system in place, and there are already thousands of these panels and power plants sprouting up all over the USA.

If Solar Energy Isn’t The Answer, What Is?

Clearly the oil & gas industry is a cause of pollutants as well, but that isn’t to say we should abandon an entire energy source when we could develop technology that makes it cleaner.

Those ‘climate activists’ you see on TV don’t actually care about the environment, they care about making a stand and looking cool on social media.

If you want to start reducing harm to our planet, i’d start with cutting back on beef consumption, and help foster further clean energy innovations.

Stop demonizing an entire industry that contains a large portion of the United States’ economic backbone, an industry that cannot afford to disappear overnight.

Families rely on those jobs to feed their children.

The byproducts of fracking provide inexpensive heating for low income households across all 50 states, transported there by freight vehicles powered by gasoline.

If we’re going to solve the issue of climate change, we must take serious action and analyze facts from both sides of the argument, then prepare a reasonable plan that places the proper amount of resources into an economic environment that promotes clean energy innovations within the oil & gas industry.

This way we could use the money generated from the economic additive to help our biosphere instead of killing it by destroying the entire energy infrastructure overnight.

Or perhaps climate activists only care about pollution within their own borders, since I’ve heard a lot more negativity towards fracking then objection towards their companies dumping toxic metals that are poisoning food supplies on the Asian Continent and causing the residents to experience multiple organ failures.

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An Open Letter to Steve Toon, Editor-In-Chief of Oil And Gas Investor Magazine


Influential Oil & Gas Industry Voices Should Elevate Those Who Champion the Industry and Its Benefits

Dear Mr. Toon,


As a petroleum engineer for nearly 40 years, I’m no stranger to those who believe our industry should fundamentally change or go away entirely. We’re inundated with the supposed “horrors” of oil and gas production, fracking, our inherent and ugly greed, and our inevitable and single-handed destruction of the planet. It’s a difficult pill to swallow, especially while working to provide for ourselves and our families.


Assuredly, our industry isn’t perfect, but its benefits are clear and wide-ranging. Consider how it provides low-cost energy to people around the world, the role it’s played in the decline of poverty rates over the last four decades, the fact that our lifespans are longer than ever, and that climate-related deaths are lower than they’ve ever been in history. 


With that said, it was disheartening to read your latest column, “A New Energy Era,” in the December 2020 edition of Oil & Gas Investor Magazine. There you argue the election of Joe Biden makes America the new leader of the worldwide transition to no carbon fuels. You even called oil and gas “industria non grata.” 

There is no doubt many folks agree with you, and I am not opposed to your opinion that
“hydrocarbon-producing companies need to create strategies and drive a narrative on how the world can continue to use their resources without putting excessive carbon atoms into the atmosphere.” 


However, your magazine may not be the best place for this discussion. Instead, I would
encourage you to promote well-respected academics and thinkers who tout credible positions about the benefits of the oil and gas industry. Consider books “Apocalypse Never” by Michael Shellenberger, “The Moral Case For Fossil Fuels” by Alex Epstein, or “False Alarm” by Bjorn Lomborg.


You can also look to Mark P. Mills, an author, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and McCormick School of Engineering Faculty Fellow at Northwest University, for thoughtful ideas about the impact of fossil fuels and what it would mean to achieve net zero carbon emissions.


Mills said, “Transforming the energy economy is not like putting a few people on the moon a few times. It is like putting all of humanity on the moon – permanently.”

These thinkers reject the premise that eliminating the fossil fuels industry is a noble cause; instead, they tout our industry’s often-downplayed or even ignored benefits, benefits that promote a better quality of life for billions of people around the world. An influential voice such as yours can do the same.


Sincerely,
Kurt Mire P.E.
Principal Engineer
Mire Petroleum Consultants

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Now Is The Best Time To Invest In Oil & Gas

Despite this being the worst economic climate for the oil & gas sector, there has never been a better time to invest. Listen to our lead engineer, Kurt Mire’s examples of previous petroleum market downturns that ended up being success stories! It’s not about what’s going on around you, it’s what’s going on in your life. Buy low, sell high!

Aren’t Oil & Gas Products Becoming Obsolete?

Absolutely not.

Despite what you may have heard from all of the radical environmental climate activists, the oil & gas industry isn’t going away anytime soon. Yes it’s true that renewable energy sources are increasing, but that doesn’t mean they will eliminate oil & gas.

You may be asking yourself how that’s possible right?

The answer is simple: Petrochemicals.

Follow The Golden Rule: Buy Low, Sell High

That’s right no matter how much renewable energy is produced to power certain objects, they cannot produce the petrochemical byproducts that make our world economy go ’round. Plastics, composite materials, and various other electronic components found in your cell phone are all possible due to petrochemicals. This is why Enterprise Products Partners have created a forecast of US oil and gas by region from now to 2025.

“By 2025, Texas oil production will double and US and gas production will increase by around 50%.

They forecast that Texas will surpass 10 million barrels per day of crude oil production by 2025 from the Permian and Eagle Ford Basins.”

So given the advent of corona-virus and the current state of oil & gas prices/production, if these predictive models are even 10% correct, with the right investment you could double or triple your initial amount that you put in today.

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Are You Anti-Fracking? So Was Joe Biden Before He Knew The Facts.

By now you’ve probably seen the last presidential debate, where a significant amount of time was spent speaking about the energy industry.

Disclaimer: The purpose of this video isn’t to get political or showcase support for one candidate or the other, both candidates have their downsides just like in every other political election since the agricultural revolution.

Keeping that in mind, we here at Vive La Frack are committed to preserving US energy independence, something that would not have happened unless hydraulic fracking came into production.

We went from maintaining dozens of armed conflicts in the middle east to retain our interest within the massive petroleum deposits in the region, to the number one producer of oil in the world, and 63% of that comes from fracking.

In the debates, we saw Biden take an interesting stance on oil & gas, since only a short time ago he stated his desire to ‘phase out and eliminate’ fossil fuels.

Now he is saying that he never said that, but still during the debate he sang the praises of ‘the fastest growing industry in the US’ that carry high paying jobs.

There is no denying that there is an element of truth to the nature of energy sources that produce zero carbon emissions, it simply is not true when you look at all of the facts about the nature of the technology.

But could this be a byproduct of government interference in the market? After all, renewables were receiving 94 times more in U.S. subsidies than nuclear and 46 times more than fossil fuels in 2016, per unit of energy generated.

If the government is going to cut off all of the subsidies it gave to the oil & gas sector, then it needs to come up with a more efficient plan for the transition, because as it stands there is no plan to replace an entire energy infrastructure with one based on renewables. The numbers just don’t add up.

Biden says that Trumps assessment of renewable energy tech ‘not being quite there yet’ to be false. But solar energy has been around since the 1800s, with proposals to build a giant solar farm already going back as early as 1833.

If the technology for renewable energy has been around for that long, why hasn’t it saved us already? Why didn’t it prevent climate change?

It can’t.

When the facts are there, you can’t deny it, it does not have the technological prowess to transition our entire economy to one with just solar and wind.

Why go through all that trouble when you can innovate technology within the oil & gas industry to reduce carbon emissions and pollutants? Because environmental climate change isn’t just about carbon emissions.

Natural gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel, and developments within the upstream and downstream sectors can reduce harm, far easier and cost efficiently than transitioning to renewables.

The comparison to coal and oil & gas just is not true, one is far worse than the other, and if there is an innovative new way to gain renewable energy through it, than we’re all ears.

Till that day we will continue to advocate for common sense, and the livelihood of thousands of people in the oil & gas industry that need to feed their families.

Climate change is very real, but that doesn’t mean renewables are the answer.

90 Percent Break Through

What do you think of when I say 90 percent? 

An ‘A’ in a class? 

A bargain retail sale? 

Perhaps a math problem? 

Sadly, the 90 percent I’m referring to isn’t indicative of something positive.  Quite the contrary. I’m referring to a recent study by researchers at the University of Leeds finding Americans must decrease their use of energy by 90 percent to stop climate change. Yes 90%!! 

If you’re anything like me, you may be asking yourself what that means.

It means a family of four will have to live in a 640 square foot space, dwelling, house or apartment. This may be normal living conditions in New York City or Los Angeles, but most Americans enjoy larger accommodations. 

Imagine what would happen if we were all forced to so dramatically alter our lifestyle. I predict a revolution would break out. 

However, this is the first of many changes that would need to be made. Somehow, I can’t see the members of the Hollywood elite and the rich moguls of our society shed their mansions and private jets. Public transportation will account for most travel. Land travel will be limited to 3-10,000 miles per person annually. I’m assuming you can increase the number by traveling with the same multiple people. Air travel will be limited to a short to medium trip once every three years. No more business trips causing a slow collapse of the aviation and service industries.

Another drastic change will be a decrease in electricity usage from 80,000 kWh to 7,500 kWh per capita annually. No more Monday Night Football or computer video games. Also, energy consumption for the average person will be 18-40 gallons per year. Americans like their big vehicles, many with gas tanks ranging from 20–40-gallon gas tanks. Filling up my car once per year will be mind boggling, and I barely drive 5,000 miles per year now. Currently, I fill up my tank many times throughout the year, even with that low mileage.  For example, a 30-gallon Ford Expedition will travel 420 miles in a year, approximately 14 miles per gallon depending on city versus open-road driving. The battery will die before you go to the gas pump again, creating maintenance issues. Newer vehicles have multiple batteries which require replacing if not driven often. Personally, I just experienced this to a cost of almost $800.

Clothes can be washed only 20 times per year with a clothing allowance of 9 pounds per year. Food consumption will be, on average, 2,000 calories per day instead of the current 3,000 calories per day. This will drive down medical costs as most people will have to start walking. Obesity rates could decrease.

But there is some good news, yes you can call it good news since Americans, especially young people over the age of 10, like modern technology. You may have a cell phone and each household may have one, yes only one laptop. I predict moms tell each child they have only 15 minutes during a certain time each day to use it. If you miss it, then you are out of luck. Good luck with that scenario! And don’t forget you can only use 7,500 kWh per person annually. Can you see Johnny asking Amy if he can have some of her allotment? And poor mom must keep track. I predict moms picketing on the White House lawn before it’s over. This will be the largest lobbying group to ever have graced the White House lawn.

Conclusion: Large reduction in energy is needed to limit global warming to 1.5C (34.7F). This number was established for the Paris agreement in 2015. However, there is no society on earth that meets these criteria while also providing a good quality of life. Also, a fairer income structure will have to be formed. The rich pay higher taxes and the poor folks pay lower taxes with a maximum income level established. Raise minimum wage. Hmm. This has been debated, tried and has yet to succeed as the wealthy are not quick to part with their money. It may be buried in the backyard or under the mattress, but the wealthy aren’t giving it up so easily. Abandon economic growth in affluent countries and decrease the exploration of fossil fuels. Socialism may become the new government. Wind, solar and other no carbon-energy sources would solve the carbon emissions problem without forcing humanity to alter their lifestyle’s.

Meanwhile, more humans are dying in caves in poor countries due to the burning of wood and dung. It makes more sense to help them with the essential needs that Americans take for granted such as electricity and running water.  This will help them to have a longer life expectancy and eliminate pollution.

Environmentalists want to tell us what we should do; however, how many of the wealthy drive a small car but fly around in a private jet? Personally, I believe my carbon footprint is minimal. Could it be better? Yes, it could, but there is a middle ground. Am I willing to give up my lifestyle? No! Are you?

Eliminating fossil fuels is not the answer. If it were, as then we would still be running around like cave men with no shoes or clothes, suffering from poor eyesight, living in caves and hunting with primitive tools. The products that make modern conveniences all come from fossil fuels.