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Why Millenials Embrace Oil, Fracking
Townhall.com ^ | June 16, 2014 | Katie Kieffer

Posted on 06/16/2014 7:11:05 AM PDT by Kaslin

There’s hope for the future. My generation of Millennials is embracing entrepreneurial oil jobs to keep America’s lights on.

On June 2, the Obama administration proposed new carbon regulations calling for a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030. Why 2030? Who knows! It’s an arbitrary date, not a number based on sound science.

Coal currently supplies 39 percent of America’s electricity. TIME Magazine reports that Obama’s proposal will promote “fuel switching” from coal to so-called clean forms of energy such as solar. Fuel switching is the politically correct term for putting Americans out of work and the power grid in jeopardy. There are consequences to this knee-jerk switch to government-subsidized “green” energy.

Millennials understand these consequences. Which is why a Pew report issued this spring found that Millennials are “somewhat less likely than older adults to describe themselves as environmentalists—just 32% say this describes them very well…” Millennials care about the environment. But, since science tells us that humans are not responsible for detrimental warming and over 15% of us are unemployed—our priority is jobs.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: energy; fracking; hydrofrac; millenials

1 posted on 06/16/2014 7:11:05 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Coal supplies 39% of our electricity? That seems low to me.


2 posted on 06/16/2014 7:31:17 AM PDT by CitizenUSA (America for Americans first!)
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To: CitizenUSA

That’s an accurate number as of 2013...


3 posted on 06/16/2014 7:32:03 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: Kaslin

Maybe they like the idea of being able to find a job.


4 posted on 06/16/2014 7:33:30 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Resolute Conservative
Maybe they like the idea of being able to find a job.

And the realization that the green movement is nothing more that a leftist ruse.

5 posted on 06/16/2014 7:35:29 AM PDT by catfish1957 (Face it!!!! The government in DC is full of treasonous bastards)
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To: CitizenUSA

It’s trending down rapidly due to EPA regulations.
Latest number I’ve seen is 37%.

They actually mine coal here in Indiana (which by regulation can’t be burned) and freight it down the Mississippi, across the Atlantic, and it’s burned in “green” Germany.


6 posted on 06/16/2014 7:38:26 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

You’re right. Natural gas = 27%, nuclear = 19%, renewable = 13%, petroleum = 1%, and coal = 39%.


7 posted on 06/16/2014 7:41:22 AM PDT by CitizenUSA (America for Americans first!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Oh, my figures were as of 2011, so it appears coal is continuing to drop.


8 posted on 06/16/2014 7:42:52 AM PDT by CitizenUSA (America for Americans first!)
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To: Kaslin

I find it hard to believe very many millennials put 2 and 2 together like that. Some can, sure, but I’m not convinced it’s even a large minority.


9 posted on 06/16/2014 7:42:59 AM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: CitizenUSA

10 posted on 06/16/2014 7:43:02 AM PDT by Wyatt's Torch
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To: Kaslin

Good article ...

... down to the next to the last paragraph where she pushes her book.


11 posted on 06/16/2014 7:46:07 AM PDT by CedarDave (CNN: The "Crisis News Channel" - all Flight 370 hysteria and global warming blather, all the time.)
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To: Lorianne

I’m dubious too.

Most of these kids have spent 16 to 18 yrs in the modern US education system.

Most “know” far more about “climate change” than the US constitution.


12 posted on 06/16/2014 7:52:20 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: Resolute Conservative; All

While the recent fracking based boom is exciting, what is the argument against solar and wind? Plenty of jobs manufacturing, installing and maintaining, and the installing and maintaining cannot be sent overseas, while reducing the amount of oil we need to totally free us from Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria (with its growing Islamic danger) and Russia.


13 posted on 06/16/2014 7:53:48 AM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: gleeaikin

Solar and wind are fine to the extent they actually contribute energy to the grid rather than huge subsidies to regime supporters who recycle the $$ into campaign contribs.


14 posted on 06/16/2014 7:59:46 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: CitizenUSA
Coal has been dropping as a source of energy generation largely because of competition from the glut of natural gas due to fracking. Interference by the EPA is growing also, and as the cost of natural gas rebounds will cause major problems down the road.
15 posted on 06/16/2014 7:59:59 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: gleeaikin

The efficiency rate is far below that of coal, gas, and nuke. You have to have gazillions of turbines or collectors to get the same output one plant can produce. Not to mention battery retention for those cloudy or windless days.


16 posted on 06/16/2014 8:00:42 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: gleeaikin

Solar and wind will not displace oil from Venezuela or anywhere else for that matter. Neither one can compete with gas/nuke/coal generated electricity without massive government subsidies and both also cause grid instability. The sooner we shut those forms of generation down, the better off we will be.


17 posted on 06/16/2014 8:10:08 AM PDT by nuke rocketeer (File CONGRESS.SYS corrupted: Re-boot Washington D.C (Y/N)?)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Thanks. I hadn’t realized how much damage had already been done to the coal industry.


18 posted on 06/16/2014 8:13:23 AM PDT by CitizenUSA (America for Americans first!)
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To: CitizenUSA

“Coal supplies 39% of our electricity? That seems low to me”

US coal Probably supplies 30% of China’s electricity and 10% in Europe


19 posted on 06/16/2014 9:01:28 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: gleeaikin

Solar and wind are costly, costing more per kilowatt than traditional power sources.
Solar peaks in the summer and day, forcing you to rely on costly batteries or alternate sources (natural gas) for night and winter power.
Solar and wind generation tends to be highest in areas far from the demand, AKA middle of the desert and Great Plains. The cost of these renewables goes up when you have to build a thousand miles of power lines. Whereas you can situate a coal burning plant in a city or natural gas plant fed by pipelines.


20 posted on 06/16/2014 9:30:54 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: Resolute Conservative
Maybe they like the idea of being able to find a job.

Not just a job, but one that pays $60K or better--with High School, and can be multiples of that with the right degree. Sure beats flipping burgers, even at $15.00/hr.

21 posted on 06/16/2014 9:55:22 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: gleeaikin
While the recent fracking based boom is exciting, what is the argument against solar and wind?

Relative cost and steady output.

22 posted on 06/16/2014 10:18:33 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: gleeaikin
what is the argument against solar and wind?

Cloudy and/or still days. From whence then cometh the electricity?

23 posted on 06/16/2014 3:23:07 PM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: Kaslin

If the millennials want jobs they better quit voting for dims en-masse. IDF they want any future at all they better vote for conservatives. And they damn sure better hurry.


24 posted on 06/16/2014 4:39:05 PM PDT by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: Kaslin

Maybe they’re tired of having no future and no job prospects due to Obama’s Hope and Change??


25 posted on 06/16/2014 10:27:17 PM PDT by kaehurowing (FIGHT BULLYING, UNINSTALL FIREFOX)
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