Skip to comments.The Democratic Civil War Over Energy
Posted on 03/22/2014 7:31:30 AM PDT by Hojczyk
The environmental left is seeing Democrats the Keystone XL pipeline, and raising them natural-gas exports. The question of who folds on this issue will play big in this midterm election year.
A split is growing in the Democratic Party, one that ought to rival the divisions on the right that the headlines trumpet. Greens are increasingly bitter about President Obama annoyed that he's dropped climate legislation, scaled back green subsidies, ignored fracking. They've channeled their frustration into the fight against Keystone, warning that they'll turn their significant money and resources against Mr. Obama's party if the president approves more "dirty oil." Since this president cares about nothing so much as winning elections, he's sat on the pipeline for five years.
Red-state senate Democrats like Mary Landrieu (La.) and Mark Pryor (Ark.) are these days fighting for pro-energy airtime with colleagues like Colorado's Mark Udall. Mr. Udall, who can usually be found pushing a federal renewable energy mandate, now finds himself facing a likely challenge from Rep. Cory Gardner as pro-energy a Republican as they come. When the Ukraine crisis began, Mr. Udall suddenly couldn't move quickly enough to introduce a bill to expand the number of countries to which the U.S. can export natural gas. A Udall spokesman publicly bragged that they'd got their own bill introduced before Mr. Gardner introduced his own.
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> Greens are increasingly bitter about President Obama ...,
> warning that they’ll turn their significant money and
> resources against Mr. Obama’s party if the president
> approves more “dirty oil.”
Oh, please do turn your “significant money and resources” to the Green Party. Ralph Nader for president!!! Yes that’s it!! Give all your money to him!
That's like saying our local Putinistas will turn against Putin if he withdraws from Crimea.
Never gonna happen.
CW-II is not that far away.
Nothing democratic about the “Democratic” civil war on energy.
Goose-steppers one and all, marching in the largest and heaviest boots they can find.
It’ll take awhile but unleashing capitalism on Putin will turn him into Kaputin. Not to be confused with Rasputin. Russia is planning on building a pipeline to China. That will start operating about the same time we’ll have the ability via the Sabine Pass facility to ship LNG to Europe. We also will have the ability to ship LNG to China about that time.
We’re in a race.
“..Emboldened, the eco-warriors are now dramatically upping the stakes,..” has given Putin the perfect opening to introduce his fossil fuel initiative in which he will try to control the EU and US like puppets on strings by raising and lowering prices - none of which will come out in favor of the US. The “greens” will do us in if we do not counter.
and as we ship large quantities of natural gas to Europe what will happen to availability and prices of natural gas in the US??
Besides I don’t see the US being able to replace the huge amount of LNG going from Russia to Europe now.
It doesn’t have to replace it all. Europe pays 3x the going rate in the US for natural gas. Even with conversion and the cost of shipping we’ll severely cramp Russia’s ability to extort Europe.
The low price is inhibiting drilling by preventing drilling in areas of dry gas, methane, but forcing drillers to move to areas with wet gas (methane along with propane, butane, pentane and ethane). The liquids are the real profit now. Exporting gas will relieve some of the pressure from the over supply of natural gas in this country.
Lots of wells that have been drilled are not being produced because the collection pipelines have not been completed. That means we have much more natural gas already tapped but not being produced in addition to the over supply of gas.
Exporting gas will unleash more drilling and production. The natural gas industry has been doing the drill baby drill thing before that became a mantra. The oil produced as a by product of the gas wells is behind our progress towards energy independence.
Having the Democrats in a fight with the environmental left over energy policy is a sure fire winner for the GOP in 2014, and almost ensures a well funded liberal challenge to HRC in 2016.
I actually worked with a crazy liberal who said we had too much technology and should be living in caves again.
Where did he live. Tell him he could use himself as an example to the rest of us. That would effectively remove him from the gene pool. LOL
A vote against the Rats is a vote against Reid. A vote against Reid is a vote to stop the unqualified, radical Obama appointments.