US Has Vast Energy Resources

If you were raised in the 1960s and 1970s, you heard about ‘energy scarcity’ right from the start. Certain groups with a bias against our advanced lifestyle and our economic success fed us the myth that our carbon fuels of coal, natural gas and oil are “limited” or “scarce” or “disappearing”.

One of the eco-shibboleths most often promulgated was,  and is, the myth of ‘peak oil’ which meant that America had produced a ‘peak’ amount of oil and that production is going to decline until we run out.

This is all a blatant deception or outright lie, friends. And take it from someone who has read lots of actual data from serious people who are charting the facts and not using false propaganda and skewed figures to mislead the public for the purposes of an agenda.

Here is an excerpt disputing the very concept of ‘peak oil’ from the executive summary of a recent report from the Institute for Energy Research (IER):

‘Moreover, it is important to note that that “reserves” estimates are constantly in flux. For example, in 1980, the U.S. had oil reserves of roughly 30 billion barrels. Yet from 1980 through 2010, we produced over 77 billion barrels of oil. In other words, over the last 30 years, we produced over 150 percent of our proved reserves.’

It is important to remember that environmentalism has a clear agenda – to replace our energy abundance with energy scarcity through ‘green energy’. In other words ecologists themselves will create the very scarcity that they are warning about.

‘Green energy’ will drastically push up the cost of energy for all Americans by reducing the supply through gross inefficiency. Obama himself said that electricity prices will “necessarily skyrocket” under his enviro policies.

Environmentalists know this and desire this because they believe that the human population is too large and should be drastically reduced. One way is to make life too expensive to live, essentially to starve people out. Don’t doubt this. These enviros literally hate mankind and love trees and bears. And they draw in gullible, irrational people to their angry agenda with utopian pictures of ‘clean energy’.

The IER study reflects statistics that have been around for decades that say that America is an energy-rich nation that easily can produce vast amounts of carbon-based power for centuries to come. And this report does not even discuss the most efficient energy source of all – nuclear power – which could multiply our effective energy supply significantly.

You can read the entire report here

Consider the manipulation of language that environmentalists use. The IER explains that ‘proved reserves’ of coal, oil, natural gas etc…. ‘Refers to oil and natural gas that have already been discovered, typically through actual exploration or drilling, and which can be recovered economically today.’

IER goes on to explain that ‘proved reserves’ is the lowest number used to describe energy reserves out of the various terms used to describe them (technically recoverable reserves, estimated reserves etc.) and is commonly used by those promoting energy scarcity.

In other words, every word and phrase and statistic that environmentalists use is manipulated to instill uncertainty and fear and move us toward inefficient ‘green’ energy which in fact is the least sustainable energy form of all.

Because, for instance, the expensive labor required for manufacturing, installing and maintaining a massive army of scattered, individual, low-yield windmills is literally hundreds of times the labor required to build and operate a nuclear power plant of the same output (i.e., windmills are unsustainable economically).

This is why we have the ‘global warming’ attack on our carbon energy supply: Because it shifts the spotlight from the unsustainable nature of labor-intensive ‘green energy’.

In fact it never even has been proven that the ethanol produced from one acre of corn actually contains more energy than is required to plant that acre of corn, apply the petroleum-based herbicides and pesticides, harvest the corn, transport the corn to the distillery and run the distillation process.

Here are more excerpts from the IER study with a nikitas3.com comment after each.

Study said: When the authoritative Potential Gas Committee (PGC) at the Colorado School of Mines completed its most recent biennial resource evaluation in 2010, it found that total natural gas resources in the United States were at their highest level in the Committee’s 46-year history (the PGC has slightly more conservative estimates of total U.S. resources—2.17 quadrillion cubic feet—although this still represents a multi-century supply of domestic natural gas.) Comment: Astounding abundance. And increasing abundance, not declining abundance. Because new technologies allow us to find and extract more and more gas.

Study said: Another unconventional source is gas trapped in shale rock, or “shale gas,” which arguably represents the most promising source of current and near-future production. In 2010, the EIA estimated the United States had 347 trillion cubic feet of technically recoverable shale gas resources but by 2011, that number is estimated to have almost doubled to 679 trillion cubic feet. Comment: Doubled in just one year… Amazing.  Because original estimates of energy production are typically low compared to actual production.  The original estimate for the Prudhoe Bay oilfield in Alaska was 1 billion barrels. By the time it is pumped out, it will have produced 18 billion.

Study says: In terms of energy capacity, North American recoverable coal could provide enough electricity for approximately 500 years at coal’s current level of consumption for electricity generation. Comment: And all that coal can be converted to motor fuel, heating oil etc., in a process developed in the mid-20th century.

Here is the rest of the executive summary of the IER report:

‘The amount of oil that is technically recoverable in the United States is more than 1.4 trillion barrels, with the largest deposits located offshore, in portions of Alaska, and in shale in the Rocky Mountain West. When combined with resources from Canada and Mexico, total recoverable oil in North America exceeds 1.7 trillion barrels.

That is more than the world has used since the first oil well was drilled over 150 years ago in Titusville, Pennsylvania. To put this in context, Saudi Arabia has about 260 billion barrels of oil in proved reserves. For comparative purposes, the technically recoverable oil in North America could fuel the present needs in the United States of seven billion barrels per year for around 250 years.

Restrictions in the form of federal bans and leasing combined with declining offerings of lease acreage mean only about 2.2 percent of America’s offshore acreage is currently leased for production.

Proved reserves of natural gas in the United States and throughout North America are enormous, and the total amount of recoverable natural gas is even more impressive. The EIA estimates that the United States has 272.5 trillion cubic feet of proved reserves of natural gas. The total amount of natural gas that is recoverable in North America is approximately 4.2 quadrillion (4,244 trillion) cubic feet.

Given that U.S. consumption is currently about 24 trillion cubic feet per, there is enough natural gas in North America to last the United States for over 175 years at current rates of consumption.

Total supplies of natural gas in North America dwarf those of other countries. The United States, Canada, and Mexico have more technically recoverable natural gas resources than the combined total proved natural gas reserves found in Russia, Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkmenistan.

With respect to total recoverable resources, however, North America’s combined coal supplies are even more staggering. The United States, Canada, and Mexico have over 497 billion short tons of recoverable coal, or nearly three times as much as Russia, which has the world’s second largest reserves. North America’s recoverable coal resources are bigger than the five largest non-North American countries’ reserves combined (Russia, China, Australia, India, Ukraine).

North American recoverable coal could provide enough electricity for the United States for about 500 years at current levels of consumption.

While the US and North America contain enormous energy wealth, US policies have increasingly made exploration, development, production and consumption of that energy more difficult.

Therefore, a scarcity of good policies, not a scarcity of energy, is responsible for US energy insecurity.’

Read the entire report! It is exactly the kind of realistic picture of American energy reserves that the enviro propagandists do not want you to see.

And considering that the United States is just a fraction of the globe’s surface and that the whole world has resources that have not even been sought yet and you have a clearer picture of the truth about global energy supplies and the contrived need for unsustainable ‘green’ energy.

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