Sources: Biden to halt all oil, gas & coal leasing on Federal lands & waters

Guest “we told you so” by David Middleton

This is not related to the 60-day procedural mortarium currently in place.

While this is based on anonymous sources, I did hear rumors of something even worse than this on Friday, and it’s inline with what we were expecting… (For readers who don’t know, I am a petroleum geologist/geophysicist and have been working the Federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico since 1988).

Biden prepares to end new oil and coal leases on federal land
By JENNIFER A. DLOUHY AND ARI NATTER on 1/21/2021

WASHINGTON (Bloomberg) –President Joe Biden is poised to suspend the sale of oil and gas leases on federal land, which accounts for about a tenth of U.S. supplies, according to four people familiar with the matter.

The moratorium, which would also freeze coal leasing, is set to be unveiled along with a raft of other climate policies next week, according to the people, who asked for anonymity to discuss plans not yet public. The moratorium is separate from a 60-day leasing and permitting pause ordered Wednesday, two people said.

The move would block the sale of new mining and drilling rights across some 700 million acres of federal land. It could also block offshore oil and gas leasing, though details are still being developed, some of the people said.

Spokesmen for the White House and Interior Department, which overseas leasing on federal land, declined to comment.

[…]

Oil industry leaders and politicians from the Western U.S. have warned the move could harm some local economies where drilling and mining flourishes — while crippling U.S. energy production to the detriment of American consumers. The Western Energy Alliance, which battled Obama-era rules targeting oil drilling, has vowed to immediately go to court to challenge any leasing ban.

“Blocking American companies from accessing our country’s natural resources is bad for American jobs, bad for state budgets and bad for national security. It also raises serious legal concerns,” said Anne Bradbury, chief executive of the American Exploration and Production Council.

Federal lands and waters together accounted for 22% of total U.S. oil production and 12% of U.S. natural gas production in 2019, according to the Energy Information Administration. Onshore federal lands provide about 8% of the nation’s oil and 9% of its natural gas, according to the Bureau of Land Management. Data for 2020 are not yet available.

[…]

Oil industry advocates argue that drilling blockades do nothing to stifle emissions — just shift that crude production elsewhere. “The world is still going to need natural gas and oil under any scenario for a long time,” said Dan Naatz, senior vice president with the Independent Petroleum Association of America. “A leasing ban is just going to ship that production to Saudi Arabia, to Russia, where there are far less stringent environmental controls.”

[…]

World Oil

While idiotic, such a move might actually be legal and would be far less damaging than a totally illegal refusal to approve permits for existing leases. It would simply result in the US importing about 1 million bbl/d more from Saudi Arabia, Russia and Iran by the end of this decade.

NOIA

It would also kill about 500,000 jobs on top of the up to 70,000 jobs Biden killed the day he was installed into office.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) confronted Secretary of Transportation nominee Pete Buttigieg over the Keystone XL decision on Thursday morning, during Buttigieg’s confirmation hearing. If the administration was serious about infrastructure, Cruz asked, why was it killing an infrastructure project with “good, paying union jobs”?

When Buttigieg said the idea was that “net” jobs created in more climate-friendly industries would be positive, Cruz retorted that that was little comfort to the Keystone XL workers who were being laid off: “So for those workers, the answer is somebody else will get a job?”

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Nick Schroeder
January 24, 2021 10:07 am

Due process?
Thang of the past?

Richard Page
January 24, 2021 10:09 am

I think that is the required quote – “So for all those workers, the answer is somebody else will get a job” Presumably those ‘somebodies’ will be from areas that vote the Democrat way?

Reply to  Richard Page
January 24, 2021 10:21 am

It’s more likely that the ‘somebodies’ will not even be Americans.

Ron Long
Reply to  co2isnotevil
January 24, 2021 10:43 am

And the job they get will be a government job, further pushing socialism along.

Kevin R.
Reply to  co2isnotevil
January 24, 2021 5:35 pm

It’s more likely no one will get new jobs.

Kevin kilty
Reply to  Richard Page
January 24, 2021 1:38 pm

It is possible some jobs will simply go away. Maybe a hard lesson in opportunity costs is about to be inflicted on people. There is such a thing as spending so stupid it doesn’t come close to returning anywhere near the first costs.

Dr. Bob
January 24, 2021 10:10 am

But we can rely on Renewables to replace all this lost energy production. The Oak Ridge National Lab reported that there is well over 1 billion tons of biomass just waiting to be converted into fuels. Isn’t that just great. Except that no NGO will allow use of Federal Forests for producing biofuels, so again, Stailmate!

Dr. Bob
Reply to  Dr. Bob
January 24, 2021 10:32 am

Stalemate!, Sorry

Photios
Reply to  Dr. Bob
January 24, 2021 2:32 pm

Stalinmate…

nottoobrite
Reply to  Photios
January 25, 2021 3:27 am

You just have not seen anything yet, wait until HUNTER starts work !!!!

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Dr. Bob
January 24, 2021 1:58 pm
Lrp
Reply to  Dr. Bob
January 24, 2021 4:42 pm

All they need now are matches

John the Econ
January 24, 2021 10:12 am

It’s ironic that one of the things that literally saved Obama was fracking. Had oil & gas prices continued to climb and gasoline stayed at or above $4/gallon during Obama’s term, non-red state America might not have retained as favorable view of him. Biden clearly doesn’t get that, and his handlers don’t even care.

Pauleta
Reply to  John the Econ
January 24, 2021 11:12 am

When you have a well oiled election machinery in some key places, you don’t need cheap gas or actually court the electorate, as you know the votes will keep coming.

Chris Hanley
Reply to  Pauleta
January 24, 2021 2:22 pm

Up to a point.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  John the Econ
January 24, 2021 11:43 am

The race is on for Democrat-Marxists to secure a California-like hold on elections, forcing voter law changes on Red States to enable permanent mail-in ballots with ballot harvesting provisions (just like Cal).
They’ve got Communist Bernie running the Senate Finance committee ready to start doling out cash to buy votes from 51% with much higher taxes for those actually working to pay for it. Democrats fully intend to put the US on Venezuela like path to ruin via socialism poison pills in order to secure their hold on power just as Hugo Chavez did.

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MarkW
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
January 24, 2021 12:19 pm

They also want to outlaw all forms of voter ID, as well as block any attempts to remove dead or otherwise invalid voters from voter rolls.

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
January 25, 2021 2:26 am

All correct Joel.

Energy and Climate are my core areas of expertise.

Anyone who promotes grid-connected green energy frauds like intermittent wind and solar power is engaged in a Jonestown mass-suicide strategy – for the economy and the people.

Grid-connected green energy is not green and produces little useful (“dispatchable”) energy. I published that conclusion in 2002 and it has not changed.

 

beng135
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
January 25, 2021 9:54 am

You gave me an idea for a new description — Demarxists.

John the Econ
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
January 25, 2021 1:50 pm

As Mark Steyn like to point out, from this point forward in order to win Republicans will have to win beyond any “margin of lawyer”. That standard clearly was not met this time around. Voter fraud as the Democrats have been diligently implementing can only work to a certain degree. I think a doubling of electricity, natural gas and gasoline prices would be enough to do that.

Gordon A. Dressler
Reply to  John the Econ
January 25, 2021 8:17 am

JtE, crude oil and natural gas are fungible commodities, meaning that US supplies of such can be relatively easily replaced by those from other countries that are available on the world markets. Of course, doing this means the prices for oil and natural gas—and consequently prices for products derived from these raw stocks—will rise for US industries and consumers, and simultaneously the economic security of the US will decrease.

As sure as night follows day.

In line with your own conclusion, Biden clearly doesn’t get that, and his handlers don’t even care.

ResourceGuy
January 24, 2021 10:13 am

Putin thanks you, Hezbollah thanks you, Maduro thanks you, and Goldman Sachs and other traders thank you. Welcome back to the Jimmy Carter Era of determined energy policy stupidity. Stay tuned for the “who could have known” excuse to follow later.

Hari Seldon
Reply to  ResourceGuy
January 24, 2021 12:02 pm

Dear Mr. ResourceGuy,

You have forgotten China from your list. Mr. Biden and the dem´s reduce now the time to take over the world leadership by China at least by 10 years. And completely free of charge for China.

Don
Reply to  Hari Seldon
January 24, 2021 6:04 pm

Oh no, they paid good money for Joe, they’re just finally getting a return on their investment

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  ResourceGuy
January 24, 2021 12:47 pm

The Iranian Ayatollah thanks Dementia-ridden Joe Biden, in between his chants of “Death to America.”

MarkW
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
January 24, 2021 3:41 pm

Oddly enough, Twitter doesn’t believe that the Ayatollah’s death to America/Israel sermons constitute a threat of violence, therefore they are allowed to remain.
Anything said by Trump on the other hand …

markl
January 24, 2021 10:17 am

When Trump reinvigorated America’s fossil fuel industry the economic affect was massive and instantaneous and it carried through, as it should, with all business and manufacturing creating jobs for those who needed it the most. Add the loss of this industry to the great loss of small businesses caused by #19 and the USA is headed for recession, if not depression. There won’t be money available to buy all those Chinese goods being manufactured for 1/3 of their exports. We won’t have to stop buying ‘made in China’ it will stop on its’ own and despite all the promises from the current administration there’s nothing they can do to change that. Schadenfreude.

John Bell
January 24, 2021 10:23 am

Funny how “the more climate friendly industries” always need lots of fossil fuels to operate.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  John Bell
January 24, 2021 11:45 am

It means Texas is going to grow faster than ever as industry re-locates there, since the Feds have zero control over oil and gas leases on Texas land. Offshore though is another matter.

mareeS
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
January 24, 2021 2:23 pm

Texas and gulf states have good port resources, like Australia with good coast ports, close to resources and production facilities. Guard them well, USA, our mutual marxists are trying to kill them, and they think they have it done with the masked fraud.

ResourceGuy
January 24, 2021 10:26 am

You know what this means don’t you?…………………It means Putin just found more investors for Arctic oil projects and large pipelines. What goes around comes around in this global oil market.

gringojay
January 24, 2021 10:44 am

New Mexico state inhabitants voted for president Biden* in sufficient numbers to give it’s 5 electoral votes for him. The state had good use for their 50% of the monetary royalties collected from drilling on federal land there. Not only does that revenue pay for a significant part of the state operating budget, but an estimate of 100,000 NewMexico jobs has been attributed as directly & indirectly related to that activity on federal land.

Scissor
Reply to  gringojay
January 24, 2021 11:10 am

What did P. T. Barnum say about suckers?

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Scissor
January 24, 2021 12:16 pm
ResourceGuy
Reply to  gringojay
January 24, 2021 11:15 am

NM social costs will go up while the revenues falter and trust fund earnings stay flat or down.

Abolition Man
Reply to  gringojay
January 24, 2021 11:26 am

gringojay,
I like the asterisk! Do you have any idea of what the election fraud was in NM that the Trump legal team was talking about? The evidence from Georgia and Pennsylvania seemed obvious enough for a blind man to find but the MSM missed it; surprise, surprise!
I didn’t see a lot of Biden signs up my way, but his supporters might have felt nervous with so many ranchers and hunters around! And those folks are not going to be happy to see the price of diesel skyrocketing or a possible tax on mileage either!

gringojay
Reply to  Abolition Man
January 24, 2021 12:02 pm

I have not followed state vote counting closely, mostly noting when a state had challenges being attempted, so have no answer to your question. I’m only 8 years younger than president Biden* & have had the unsatisfying opportunity to see his entire political career.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  gringojay
January 24, 2021 11:52 am

Governor “Wuhan” Lujan is clearly worried about this, and is telling Dementia Joe to give NM an exemption from this lease moratorium. A state exemption for NM alone would probably be unconstitutional though, as it would violate the long established Doctrine of Equality Between States.
https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution-conan/article-4/section-3/clause-1

All states have to be treated equally, when they aren’t courts have required compelling reason under the constitution

Carlo, Monte
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
January 24, 2021 12:35 pm

So any-which-way under the Green Raw Deal, lawyers will make out like bandits as court dockets are clogged with challenges.

Gordon A. Dressler
Reply to  gringojay
January 25, 2021 8:22 am

Actions have consequences.

Rich T.
January 24, 2021 10:50 am

Renewables will not work as proven by Germany, Aus, California, UK. Cutting the fuel for transportation, heating, power generation that will depress the economy. A positive step (SARC) for the future. Third world economy here we go.. Plus all the fossil fuel needed to build, transport, interconnect the totally unreliable Green Energy disaster. The UK is proving it doesn’t work. No wind, no sun, NO POWER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Rich T.
January 24, 2021 2:00 pm

biomass works- renewable and baseload provider

Russ Wood
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
January 25, 2021 2:22 am

Works – just like taxation for socialists – until it runs out! I fail to see how cutting down mature forests TO BURN is ‘ecological’!

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Russ Wood
January 25, 2021 3:09 am

Nobody is cutting down mature forests to burn them. It’s all about forest mgt. which includes producing all sorts of wood products. It’s a by-product of forestry. Do your homework. I presume from what you say that you don’t live in a wood home, with wood furniture, with paper products. Good forestry produces them and can produce energy. As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, not all logging is good forestry- so the solution is to make it all good, not stop forestry and certainly not stop the production of energy from wood- otherwise, you leave the forest loaded with “junk wood”.

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
January 25, 2021 8:24 am

Are you really this deluded?! It takes far longer to “grow” whatever “biomass” you want to discuss than it does to “burn” it. It is therefore going to result in net deforestation irrespective of the “forest management” practices, unless the “solution” is stone age living without energy.

Rich Davis
Reply to  Russ Wood
January 25, 2021 3:58 am

If it takes trees n years to grow to harvestable maturity and you cut and replant (1/n) of your forest each year, then obviously it can be renewable.

That’s not to say it’s a good idea compared to just continuing to burn fossil fuels, but considering the circumstances in western forests with wildfires due to decades of misguided policy, there may be a reasonable case for considering this.

At least get some value out of the materials that need to be removed in order to reduce the fire risk. I’m sure that the cost of transporting the biomass will not be cost-competitive with fossil fuel, (and will require a lot of fossil fuel), but as an offset to a cost that has to be paid in any case, it may make sense.

I’d prefer to see limited areas turned into tree farms surrounding a biomass power plant than to have hideous bird choppers on every hill and mountain in the wilderness, or to have hundreds of acres of solar panels replace forest.

But of course I agree that it’s not preferable to fossil fuels.

Rich Davis
Reply to  Rich Davis
January 25, 2021 10:47 am

Some back-of-the-envelope calculations:

At say 20MJ/kg heat content of wood, a 100MW biomass plant operating with 30% efficiency and 90% up-time will require (100MJ/s x 3600 s/hr x 24 hr/day x 365 days/yr x 0.9) / (0.3 x 20MJ/kg x 1000kg/ton)
= 473,040 (metric) tons of wood/yr.

If we get 200 tons/hectare, and it takes 20 years to reach harvestable maturity, then you would need 47,304 hectares (116,890 acres) of forest to maintain a sustainable 100MW power plant.

That’s a square lot of about 22km on a side (13.5 miles)
Compare that to the footprint of a 2GW nuclear plant that produces 20 times as much power.

The US produces about 4.1e9 MW-h/yr of electricity.
4.1e9 MW-h/yr / (24 hrs/day x 365 days/yr x 100MW/biomass plant x 0.9)
= 5,200 biomass plants to supply all US electricity requirements

That would require 2.5 million sq km of forest (0.95 million sq mi).

There are about 3.3 million sq km of forest in the US (including Alaska)

Maybe my numbers are off?
Doesn’t look like we can make that big of dent in our energy requirements burning wood sustainably, unless we want to devastate our forests and the wildlife that lives in them.

I suppose that the argument would be to use biomass only when there is not enough wind and solar to meet demand. But how dispatchable is biomass? And how much capacity would you need to truly cover the times when wind and solar are underproducing?

This also doesn’t consider the energy needed to harvest and chip or pelletize the wood. Maybe you can use some of the electricity that you generate to chip and pelletize the logs, and use the waste heat to help dry out the chips/pellets, but what about harvesting logs that are going to need to be transported up to 15km to your biomass plant, even if you locate it at the center of your forest? I think that you’re going to need a lot of fossil fuel for that.

Ron Long
January 24, 2021 10:50 am

Good luck to all of the extractive natural resource industries operating on federal leases, whether oil, gas, coal or (wait for it) metallic mining. I was a mining exploration geologist in Nevada during the Jimmy Carter years the the stupid moves his administration made were amazing, like don’t allow remote road repair and then declare the area to be a #roadless area”. This produced the Sagebrush Rebellion in Nevada, led, unofficially, by Dick Carver, a life-long Democrat. I have no idea what the Sagebrush Rebellion term for the ocean oil and gas leases?

ResourceGuy
Reply to  Ron Long
January 24, 2021 1:13 pm

I like the one where federal agencies in NV were not allowed to use their trucks and SUVs during the energy crisis for project work so they contracted with helicopter services to do their field work. There was no ban on jet fuel.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Ron Long
January 24, 2021 4:26 pm

Ron
It is worse than that. I know of places with serviceable roads (at least jeep trails) where the areas were declared Wilderness Areas, and the existing roads were bulldozed closed. One of them had major potential for platinum group minerals, second only to the Stillwater Complex.

Devils_Tower
January 24, 2021 10:53 am

When the deep state installs a figurehead as president, they all know no one person is in charge. So their is a mad rush for all involved to get their favorite EO rushed thru.

They all have their favorite kickback lined up.

This country is in a world of shit….

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Scissor
Reply to  Devils_Tower
January 24, 2021 11:11 am

And it rolls down hill.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Scissor
January 24, 2021 12:19 pm

In this case, it oozes.

DMacKenzie
January 24, 2021 11:05 am

“Need to save the environment” gets votes…..”need to heat peoples houses” not politically important unless you pay for your home heating bill and even then people don’t really like to send their money to energy companies. Win-win meme for statist-controlled-energy-industry folks.

Larry in Texas
January 24, 2021 11:08 am

This is going to be an interesting test for the Federal courts, including SCOTUS: whether they will apply their “Trumplaw” principles to Biden and hold Biden’s Keystone XL pipeline executive order to the test under the Administrative Procedure Act (as they did – wrongly, in my opinion – when Trump rescinded Obama’s DACA executive order) Biden just peremptorily revoked the permit that Trump had issued. Will they be consistent? We shall see.

BobM
January 24, 2021 11:12 am

Putting America 2nd.

Derg
Reply to  BobM
January 24, 2021 12:05 pm

Build Back Better

…for someone else

MarkW
Reply to  BobM
January 24, 2021 12:22 pm

2nd? No way do they put America that high.

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  BobM
January 25, 2021 8:27 am

More like putting America LAST.

saveenergy
January 24, 2021 11:14 am

So, energy companies should halt all oil, gas & coal production/delivery for say a month, lets see how well a country runs on ‘green’ !!

Jeffrey H Kreiley
Reply to  saveenergy
January 24, 2021 12:15 pm

There’s a part of me that does wish the producers in this country went all “Atlas Shrugged” but impossible without that Valley to escape to. Maybe Idaho? 😊

TonyG
Reply to  Jeffrey H Kreiley
January 25, 2021 11:11 am

None of them have the courage to do it.

JEHILL
Reply to  TonyG
January 26, 2021 8:52 am

Last report/survey I saw on the subject was at least 65% of all Board of Directors at all companies considered themselves liberal democrats.

ResourceGuy
Reply to  saveenergy
January 24, 2021 1:15 pm

“Out of the abundance of caution”

Don Perry
Reply to  saveenergy
January 24, 2021 2:23 pm

You must live in a warm state. I’m 78 years old and live in northern Illinois. Cut my natural gas off for even a few days and it’s truly the end of days for me and my wife. Please don’t wish for the suffering of those who faithfully served their country for decades.

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  Don Perry
January 24, 2021 6:22 pm

Yes, here in canada we have many pissed off and saying we should shut all the pipelines for a bit
But I think that just creates more enemies among those predisposed to friendliness

Pointless cutting off your nose to spite your face

Abolition Man
January 24, 2021 11:16 am

David,
These idiots are bringing in hundreds of thousands of illegals while gutting the energy and manufacturing jobs that the Trump economy created! I’d say that US voters are going to be experiencing buyers remorse soon; but I don’t think that many legal Americans voted for the Man From Beijing: Chairman Xiden! At least I won’t be driving a lot as fuel prices start to climb!

Thanks for the recommendation of Allen Barra’s “Inventing Wyatt Earp!” I received it a few days ago and I’ve got to get it finished soon so I can get back to Jim Steele’s “Landscapes and Cycles.” That was one last Amazon binge before I cut off all Big Tech Nazi support and start frequenting used book stores!

Devils_tower
Reply to  Abolition Man
January 24, 2021 11:47 am

When you delete amazon, make sure you do it correctly. Until you get an email confirming they have deleted all your personal data(sure) you still have a dormant account

Derg
Reply to  Devils_tower
January 24, 2021 12:09 pm

Devil I just stopped using what I know. I stopped using Amazon and Google. I never used Twitter.

Sadly, I need my iPhone for my job.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Abolition Man
January 24, 2021 12:21 pm

I’d say that US voters are going to be experiencing buyers remorse soon;”

Nope. They’ll blame everything that goes wrong, at any time, on Trump. Count on it.

Abolition Man
Reply to  Jeff Alberts
January 24, 2021 1:42 pm

The MSM urinalists will blame Trump, just like they blamed Bush II for every ill during the first 8 year Obama regime! During the second Obama regime the urinalists seem to be striving for an approval rate of less than zero!
At least forty some percent of the American populace approves of Trump and I believe that that will rise as the Xiden regime makes a mess of the US economy and they install their crazy new-Marxist social programs! What are the feminists going to do when they are cancelled for trying to protect girls from being drugged and maimed by the trans and pharmaceutical lobbies!?

MarkW
Reply to  Jeff Alberts
January 24, 2021 3:46 pm

Obama spent 8 years blaming everything bad on Bush. I would say the hatred of Trump would carry several times longer.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  MarkW
January 27, 2021 8:42 am

To be fair, Trump blamed everything on Obama. He was right much of the time.

Colin
Reply to  Jeff Alberts
January 25, 2021 7:23 pm

Trudeau is still blaming the Conservative Harper after a term and a half. Now its for the screw ups in getting the vaccine. Apparently it is Harper’s fault we don’t have “domestic production”. However Serbia seems doing way better than Canada. Serbia produces vaccine? Didn’t know that.

KT66
Reply to  Abolition Man
January 24, 2021 1:43 pm

” I’d say that US voters are going to be experiencing buyers remorse soon; but I don’t think that many legal Americans voted for the Man From Beijing: Chairman Xiden”

We didn’t vote this. It is being forced up on us by a corrupt minority. The same corrupt minority that wants you to do every thing their way. For your own good good of course. It’s the biggest up yours in history.

Kevin kilty
January 24, 2021 11:20 am

The WSJ, which I dumped late last year because I could no longer tolerate their woke news division and moderating policies, had an editorial board statment to this effect friday. Unfortunately most people cannot put two links together to start a chain of reasoning. The direct jobs in the petroleum industries generate an enormous number of other downstream jobs. I quizzed my 12 year-old daughter this morning about what various products are made from. She was stunned at how thoroughly hydrocarbons penetrate our lives.

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Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Kevin kilty
January 24, 2021 11:57 am

Keeping energy dollars in the domestic economy when it expands is critical to keeping economiuc expansions going. When we became overly reliant on MidEast oil, economic boom cycles always went bust under expanding oil and gas demands as the rising oil prices siphoned off the dollars to the Sheiks to buy new 747’s and palaces.

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
January 24, 2021 6:19 pm

We should have a continental energy strategy
Not this Willy-nilly idiocy

Jeffrey H Kreiley
Reply to  Kevin kilty
January 24, 2021 12:18 pm

Quiz your 70 year old Democrat-they’d be stunned too. Believe me I know.

Editor
January 24, 2021 11:23 am

First Keystone XL, then a drilling ban on Federal lands. Will the governors of western states fight back? I hope so. I’m retired, but I have two kids dependent upon oil and gas.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  David Middleton
January 24, 2021 12:03 pm

Exempting NM while blocking Wyoming and Dakota leases would be a clear (unconstitutional) violation of Doctrine of Equality of States, long established by the Courts, including the Supreme Court.

ResourceGuy
Reply to  David Middleton
January 24, 2021 1:26 pm

No exemption, NM Dems need o pay a price.

Abolition Man
Reply to  David Middleton
January 24, 2021 3:35 pm

David,
They always make them pay with higher fees and taxes, but you get a rebate if you are an obedient little serf!

Bryan A
Reply to  David Middleton
January 24, 2021 3:48 pm

I was just about to say…
Every time a Democrat Politician opens their mouth their constituents pay in one form or another

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Andy May
January 24, 2021 12:11 pm

The Texas AG is fighting back and vows to continue to fight the Biden MalAdmin in the courts.

CO2isLife
January 24, 2021 11:25 am

I need help with a translation, and I was hoping that some of you may have a Russian Department at your University.

Fiona Hill claimed that Vlad Putin claimed that US Fracking was Russia’s Greatest Threat.
Impeachment Testimony Describes Putin’s Propaganda War On American Fracking
https://www.forbes.com/sites/daneberhart/2019/12/02/kremlin-meddling-shows-value-of-natural-gas-supplies-fracking/?sh=2cb17dcd462a

Unfortunately no one bother do go translate the video.
Here is the video.
Putin meets with members of the Valdai International Discussion Club
https://youtu.be/F5mIM3_BYyQ

I would greatly appreciate if someone could get the part where Putin talks about US Fracking translated. Understand the economics, and you understand why the rest of the world wants the US to stop producing energy.

CO2isLife
Reply to  CO2isLife
January 24, 2021 1:38 pm

WUWT, a translation of the above video would make a very interesting BlogPost. If it is true that Putin made those comments, everything starts to make sense.

KT66
Reply to  CO2isLife
January 24, 2021 1:50 pm

I have a cousin that married a Russian woman. However, last time I asked to get a translation it didn’t happen. I just avoid putting her on the spot now.

MarkW
Reply to  KT66
January 24, 2021 3:51 pm

Translating is hard work, if you are going to do it accurately. Many words and phrases don’t translate directly so you have to think of a paraphrase that still carries all the meaning of the original.
My wife translates English documents and videos into Spanish for a local church. A 5 minute video can easily take her 30 minutes to translate and transcribe. I suspect that English and Spanish are a lot closer to each other than English and Russian would be.

Richard Page
Reply to  CO2isLife
January 24, 2021 3:16 pm

Is that the 2014 meeting in Sochi? Or a later one?

Richard Page
Reply to  Richard Page
January 24, 2021 3:57 pm

2011. Very much earlier one.

Richard Page
Reply to  Richard Page
January 24, 2021 4:13 pm

2011. 8th annual Valdai discussion with Prime Minister Putin. I don’t have a transcript but there is a discussion of the topics discussed by 2 Brookings scholars on Brookings.edu entitled “Putin’s next move in Russia: Observations from the 8th annual Valdai discussion club.” From their discussion it looks as though Putin regards all fracking as dangerous and uneconomical outside of the US and Poland. I’m positive that if Putin had said that US fracking was dangerous to Russia then it would have been remarked upon.

Richard Page
Reply to  Richard Page
January 24, 2021 4:15 pm

Apologies, I’m on my phone and I still haven’t mastered getting a copy of the url into the message. You should be able to find the article with a search though.

CO2isLife
Reply to  Richard Page
January 24, 2021 4:44 pm

Then that means Fiona Hill is a liar, and that is who the Democrats choose to testify against President Trump. Why am I not surprised?

Richard Page
Reply to  CO2isLife
January 25, 2021 1:45 am

It doesn’t look good – for her to have 2 different accounts of the one meeting as a public record is embarrassing to say the least.

Richard Page
Reply to  Richard Page
January 25, 2021 4:36 am

That the only ‘proof’ that a Russia expert can find of Putin acting in bad faith is actually a lie is very interesting. That she told it at precisely the right time to divert the enquiry away from the idea of Ukraine acting in bad faith is also very interesting. I’m just going to leave that there.

Richard Page
Reply to  David Middleton
January 25, 2021 7:47 am

Every Premier of a country puts the interests of their own country and citizens first, or should anyway. Why she thought she had to lie about it at that particular time to that particular enquiry is interesting and possibly significant in my eyes. Idle speculation now though.

Jan de Jong
January 24, 2021 11:25 am

Before too long fossil fuels will be so unpopular that the oil and gas patches will offer great investments.

Eric Vieira
Reply to  Jan de Jong
January 24, 2021 11:39 am

Yes, and that will be exactly the time when the big four and other milliardaires and their investment funds will mop up everything. If Biden wants to do something for the people, he can start by preventing that Gates, Bezos & co. buy hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland and forests … for what use ???

Joel O'Bryan
January 24, 2021 11:37 am

All the big producers have been stockpiling leases on federal land since 2017 when Trump took over. Most now say they hold at least 4 years worth of Federal drilling leases as banked to keep going through the Biden MalAdmin. These are the big players who had the financial resources to do so, Devon Energy, EOG Resources Inc, ExxonMobil, Occidental Petroleum, ConocoPhillips, and Mewbourne Oil Company.
https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN29Q1S5

The smaller producing players are going to get hit hard by this, as they didn’t have the finances to stockpile leases and tie up capital. The production curtailment thus won’t happen overnight, unless as David points out, the Biden Admin breaks the law and starts trying to deny drilling permits on existing leases. I wouldn’t put that past them, and then forum-shopping for a favorable Federal judge (hoping for higher court apptment from Biden-Harris) letting them get away with lawlessness (as they did with DACA) until it could get to appeals.

At any rate, with inflation now finally starting to show up in the economy, and Dementia Joe’s War on Domestic Production promises of carbon taxes and higher Federal highway fund gasoline taxes at the pumps, we’re in for $4/gal gas by 2023, and probably much higher by the Nov 2024 election.

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MarkW
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
January 24, 2021 12:25 pm

They won’t outright deny new drilling. They will however jack up the regulations to the point where drilling becomes impossible.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  MarkW
January 24, 2021 12:36 pm

That was Obama’s 2007 promise to make electricity generated from coal “skyrocket” in price. He flat out said they could do (build coal-powered generating plants), they just wouldn’t be to do it affordably.

Beta Blocker
Reply to  MarkW
January 24, 2021 5:01 pm

MarkW: “They won’t outright deny new drilling. They will however jack up the regulations to the point where drilling becomes impossible.”

Yes, that is what I expect will happen. Placing an increasingly difficult series of new environmental regulations on well drilling and on production operations is how Biden’s people will be throttling back on fracking.

The objective here is raise the price of all forms of energy to levels where both the government and the multi-national corporations alike can profit from greater income on lower volume of energy production.

I expect that the oil & gas corporations will make a deal with Biden. They get to charge higher prices on lower volumes of energy production in return for being insulated to some extent from anti-trust action and from lawsuits.

The government will take its share of the action in the form of imposing higher taxes on energy production. The corporations will take their share of the action in the form of higher profit per unit of energy produced.

Abolition Man
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
January 24, 2021 1:51 pm

Joel,
I think we’re going to $4/gal gas long before 2023; in Commifornia they’ll probably break that barrier this year! You have to wonder how their electric infrastructure is going to hold up with maintenance costs rising due to fuel alone, material cost will be another story altogether!
I hope your right about the stockpiling of leases as it may keep prices from soaring too rapidly, but I’m still not sold on the MalAdministration! I have been thinking of Regime or Usurpation, as once you put the Xiden in front the mal- becomes redundant!

ColMosby
January 24, 2021 11:44 am

Proving there’s no fool like a global warming fool : do these morons really think that curtailing the production of oil is going to result in anything other than higher prices? And not just for fuel – oil is used in the manufacture of many products – only about half goes for making gasoline. Do they really think people will throw away their gas powered cars?

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  ColMosby
January 24, 2021 12:24 pm

Wait wait wait! Where’s your MSR schtick??

Old.George
January 24, 2021 11:52 am

The fact that they can do this, or anything else, with the stroke of a pen … implies way too much executive power. Our laws must be made and changed by congress. But they have given away “rule making” to bureaucrats and degree of enforcement of said rules to the current executive.
Somehow this doesn’t match what I thought was a representative republic where the executive branch must faithfully execute the laws passed by congress even when they disagree.

KT66
Reply to  Old.George
January 24, 2021 1:59 pm

This is one of the legacies from Obama. Same with treaty ratification. They just call it an agreement now. I warned my senators back in 2015 about Paris and they told me not to worry because it had to ratified by the Senate to come into effect. Well……..

MarkW
Reply to  KT66
January 24, 2021 3:55 pm

This predates Obama by a few years. Clinton was once quoted as saying “Stroke of a pen. Law of the land. Kinda cool.”

Don Perry
Reply to  Old.George
January 24, 2021 2:37 pm

Just like Obama, he has a phone and a pen. He can do anything he pleases; who is there to impeach him?

CD in Wisconsin
January 24, 2021 11:54 am

From the post:

“..Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) confronted Secretary of Transportation nominee Pete Buttigieg over the Keystone XL decision on Thursday morning, during Buttigieg’s confirmation hearing. If the administration was serious about infrastructure, Cruz asked, why was it killing an infrastructure project with “good, paying union jobs”?…

Sen. Cruz and all the other members of Congress from the fossil fuel producing states can whine and complain about what the Biden administration is doing (and will be doing) on the fossil fuel energy front until they are all blue in the face. The fact is that Biden’s anti-fossil fuel actions (as were Obama’s) are not so much the problem as they are a symptom or a product of the problem. That the congress people from fossil fuel states don’t understand this (if indeed they don’t) explains why their protestations never seem to go anywhere.

So what is the problem? The belief in the scientifically dubious climate alarmist narrative and the narrative that wind and solar are a viable alternative to fossil fuels. Until the day comes when someone with sufficient influence and power in Washington goes on the offensive against these narratives and shows everyone in the U.S. and around the world the serious problems with them, the Democrats and their environmental political base will always have the upper hand in the war over the fossil fuels issue. You will always have the upper hand when the beliefs under which you operate are widely accepted and are not effectively challenged.

In times of war, one of the weapons against the enemy is a propaganda campaign to undermine the enemy’s belief system under which it operates. Naziism and Communism are the two most recent belief systems from history that come to mind. When the truth doesn’t work in support of your goals, then lies are the only alternative. It is said that the truth is one of the first casualties when war breaks out, and the Democrats and their environmental base are fighting one against the fossil fuel status quo. That they have successfully enlisted the support of science, the mass media, the UN and academia in their quest to indoctrinate the masses makes for an effective campaign regardless of its soundness or lack thereof.

I can only presume that the Dems and their political base have heard the saying that the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. At any rate, as long as the CAGW and wind-solar narratives remain largely unchallenged in Washington politics and around the world, do not expect a lot to change in the current situation.

mareeS
January 24, 2021 12:00 pm

We were not talking much about the staff so far as people losing jobs along the construction and supply chain. Hundreds of thousands. Creepy Joe is signing pieces of paper laid in front of him by the Deepsters, and then he is due for a nap and an injection.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  mareeS
January 24, 2021 12:55 pm

I think he’s already had the injection.

Rhs
January 24, 2021 12:06 pm

But all the oil filed workers can retrained into renewable workers. And to top it off, they’ll love the pay change. Going from 80 – 120k per year down to 40 – 60k year isn’t a hard sell.
At least those are the local wages and experience.

Rhs
Reply to  Rhs
January 24, 2021 12:07 pm

After all, those the well paying wages being advertised for solar and wind installers.

MarkW
Reply to  Rhs
January 24, 2021 12:26 pm

Can they be trained to do coding?

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  MarkW
January 24, 2021 12:39 pm

And yet the Biden Maladmin is now giving the coding jobs to H1B visa applicants from India to pay-off Libtard-run tech companies.

Abolition Man
Reply to  MarkW
January 24, 2021 1:58 pm

That will be part of the training received in the re-education camps for conservatives, Trump supporters and other domestic terrorists! I guess it’s time to reread Solzhenitsyn to get a better idea of what we have to look forward to!

bigoilbob
Reply to  Rhs
January 25, 2021 6:44 am

Oilfield pay has always been ephemeral. Oilfield, and all extractive endeavors are by nature boom or bust. The first piece of advice you get from your co-workers with your first oilfield job is to save up. Most – including those who dispense that advice – don’t do it, and end up selling hot tubs or extended auto warranties for big parts of their “careers”. Even with 2 petroleum engineering degrees, professional registration, and a lifetime of steady, private sector international employment, I was tempted to retrain more than once.

Fact is, the lifetime earnings from steady work in alternative energy will end up being just fine – and easier on families. Also, we can bridge many oil workers into it with Biden’s infrastructure campaign to plug and abandon a fraction of the neglected oil and gas wells in the CONUS. I wish we could make those responsible pay for for the liabilities that they freely assumed. But like coal. gold, copper, and other extractive endeavors, we’ve let the extractors slide until it was/is too late…

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Carlo, Monte
Reply to  bigoilbob
January 25, 2021 7:41 am

You want a fulfilling lifetime career washing PV modules?

bigoilbob
Reply to  Carlo, Monte
January 25, 2021 8:03 am

You want a fulfilling lifetime career washing PV modules?”

Here is the applicant pool for those jobs:

https://work.chron.com/oil-field-worker-salaries-1447.html

So, yes…

Jeff Alberts
January 24, 2021 12:11 pm

More unifying!

MarkW
Reply to  Jeff Alberts
January 24, 2021 12:26 pm

In the left wing lexicon, unification just means that there is nobody left who’s allowed to oppose them.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  MarkW
January 24, 2021 12:57 pm

I think you’re right, Mark. The De-Platforming will continue until everyone is of the same (insane) mind.

MarkW
Reply to  Jeff Alberts
January 24, 2021 3:58 pm

Katy Couric may have lost her shot at the Jeopardy gig over her talk of having all of the Trump supporters “deprogrammed”. I guess that there are still a few people in Hollywood who realize that insulting half of your audience is not a good marketing strategy.

TEWS_Pilot
January 24, 2021 12:26 pm

Accurate List of 2020 Election Fraud Cases Shows 81 Cases Total, 30 Still Active – And NOT ONE SINGLE COURT Has Allowed Evidence to be Argued.

The 2020 election will go down as arguably the greatest fraud in world history. The tremendously popular incumbent candidate, President Trump, was easily winning the race on election night in a landslide and then suddenly multiple states took a break, quit counting, and by the end of the week the election was flipped to Joe Biden.

Then, as the President and his team attempted to address the fraud and alleged abnormalities, the courts refused in any case evidence to be brought before a court of law.

We’ve heard over and over from Big Media that President Trump and his team lost numerous court cases linked to the 2020 election. But this is not accurate.

Here’s what we identified from our research of an accurate and updated list of court cases:

There are 81 court cases to date based on the 2020 election

In 45 cases President Trump was the plaintiff

In 34 cases President Trump is not the plaintiff

In 2 cases President Trump is the defendant

In 72 cases illegal voting is alleged

—-> In ZERO of the 72 cases where illegal voting is alleged has evidence been allowed to be presented: Link to the cases:

http://wiseenergy.org/Energy/Election/2020_Election_Cases.htm

30 cases remain active

In the 2020 election:

Thousands of instances of fraud were alleged

Multiple states changed laws to provide for absentee ballots and the remedy is alleged to be not legal

The FBI to date has done nothing to review the alleged fraud

The DOJ denied any alleged material instances of fraud

The Democrats are accused of the alleged election fraud

The state legislatures certified their results with millions of ballots in question

The US Congress accepted these certified results which ignored the thousands of instances of election fraud

VP Mike Pence accepted the results despite state legislatures asking him to examine the results

—-> And now we know the courts didn’t allow a single instance of evidence of fraud to be presented to date.

Carlo, Monte
Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
January 24, 2021 12:40 pm

The whole deal is a sickening obscenity.

Abolition Man
Reply to  Carlo, Monte
January 24, 2021 2:07 pm

Carlo, Monte
It is even worse when you add in the intentional mishandling of the ChiCom-19 virus for their political goals! Without the panic porn over the virus and the suppression of inexpensive and effective treatments like the ivermectin and HCQ regimens the DemoKKKrats could never have pushed through their extensive voter fraud program spearheaded by Georgia Gov. Stacy Abrams! They only killed 150,000-200,000 US citizens unnecessarily to ensure that Chairman Xiden could be installed! That’s what I call real statesmanship!

Izaak Walton
Reply to  Abolition Man
January 24, 2021 3:27 pm

Neither Ivermectin nor HCQ have been shown to be effective again COVID19 in double blind trials throughout the world. For example see
“The effect of early treatment with ivermectin on viral load, symptoms and humoral response in patients with non-severe COVID-19: A pilot, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial”published just this week in the Lancet. So again unless doctors around the world conspired to get rid of Trump at the expense of their patients’ lives this claim is nonsense.

Carlo, Monte
Reply to  Izaak Walton
January 24, 2021 4:10 pm

Repeating the Corrupticrat Party lies again?

Izaak Walton
Reply to  Carlo, Monte
January 24, 2021 4:40 pm

Since when do peer reviewed, double-blind placebo-controlled randomised clinical trials count as lies? Exactly what evidence do you have that Invermectin works?

MAL
Reply to  Izaak Walton
January 24, 2021 4:47 pm

There are double blind studies that show the exact opposite. The trick with HQC is to give it early if you do it will reduce hospitalization by five times. Most studies are design to show it does not work by giving it late to late to do any good.

Izaak Walton
Reply to  MAL
January 24, 2021 5:12 pm

So again we are back to an international conspiracy of doctors who would prefer to kill their patients rather than see Trump re-elected.

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  Izaak Walton
January 25, 2021 9:00 am

No, again we are back to people recognizing junk science when they see it and rejecting it as such.

Izaak Walton
Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
January 24, 2021 2:44 pm

This is a load of nonsense from the beginning to the end. To begin with Trump has never been “tremendously popular”. His net favourability ratings have been negative for most of his
term and historically no president has ever been re-elected with such low numbers. In addition he trailed Biden by about 10% in almost every poll since late 2019.

Trump was never “easily winning” the race. Again polls showed that about 80% of democrats were going to vote by mail compared to a small fraction of republicans. Which as many commentators pointed out before the election would lead to a “Trump mirage” see
https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-pennsylvanias-vote-count-could-change-after-election-night/
for example.

And looking at the list of court cases most of them do not actually included alleged
instances for fraud. The 2nd on the list for example was filed before the election and so
clearly can’t make any allegations of vote fraud (unless the Trump campaign has a time
machine) rather it makes the claim that mail in ballots could make it easier for fraud to occur
which is a very different claim.

And finally as TEWS_Pilot has pointed out neither the FBI nor the DoJ has found any instances for fraud that could affect the outcome of the election. Biden got over 7 million votes more than Trump and so is the duly elected President.

MarkW
Reply to  Izaak Walton
January 24, 2021 4:00 pm

The big problem with polls, is that none of them are honest anymore. Especially those designed from the get go for public release.
Beyond that, most conservatives that I know do not respond to polls anymore.

Izaak Walton
Reply to  MarkW
January 24, 2021 4:58 pm

Mark,
Where is the evidence that polling companies are dishonest? The issue with accuracy regarding sampling enough conservatives is well known and has been discussed quite widely. But being inaccurate is very different from knowing manipulating the data and if you want to claim that where is the evidence?

Nashville
Reply to  Izaak Walton
January 24, 2021 6:10 pm

Hillary was ahead in all the polls last cycle.

MarkW
Reply to  Izaak Walton
January 24, 2021 7:11 pm

In 2016, every poll had Hillary winning, by substantial margins.
In 2020, every single poll predicted that Biden would win by millions more votes than he eventually (allegedly) got.
Every single poll over samples Democrats.

Izaak Walton
Reply to  MarkW
January 24, 2021 7:33 pm

In 2016 Hillary was ahead in national polls and won the popular vote by about the same amount as predicted. There were few state level polls of similar quality and the better ones showed that a Trump win was within the margin of error for the polls.

Polls might oversample democrats but that doesn’t make them dishonest rather than just plain inaccurate.

Carlo, Monte
Reply to  Izaak Walton
January 24, 2021 4:14 pm

Who pays you to post this schist?

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Izaak Walton
January 24, 2021 4:46 pm

It is difficult to be sure about numerical support, but it is very clear that Biden supporters had no where near the enthusiasm or commitment as Trump supporters.

Izaak Walton
Reply to  Clyde Spencer
January 24, 2021 5:16 pm

Clyde, Biden supporters had the commitment to turn up and vote in their millions. As for enthusiasm who wants to attend a rally when as a result of it you could very easily end up dying of COVID.

Carlo, Monte
Reply to  Izaak Walton
January 24, 2021 5:42 pm

With tens of thousands of unfolded “mailed-in” ballots with only the Quid Pro Joe Xiden bubble perfected filled in.

Carlo, Monte
Reply to  Izaak Walton
January 24, 2021 5:39 pm

New Mexico law prof:

https://youtu.be/CreVpaDZgOY

Don Perry
Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
January 24, 2021 2:46 pm

It’s beginning to look like Mao was right, “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun”.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
January 24, 2021 4:41 pm

It would appear that the swamp is wider and deeper than we all suspected! However, the jurists may be rationalizing their behavior for the “Good of the many,” because if the truth came out we might have to let a lot of violent felons out of prison to make room for the real seditionists.

Larry Hamlin
January 24, 2021 1:36 pm

Biden’s energy and climate incompetence is on already on full display. In a matter of just a few days after being sworn into office Biden has demonstrated his and the Democratic Party’s colossal incompetence and ignorance of energy and climate realities at home and abroad. His idiotic decision to revoke the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline is a slap at Canada demonstrating that under his administration investors that play by U.S. rules will be subject to arbitrary political whims that represent nothing but phony fighting climate change “optics” so often relied upon by the Democrats pushing this complete climate alarmist bunk. As addressed in a detailed Wall Street Journal article this project would have provided for moving up to 830,000 barrels of crude oil per day from Alberta oil sands to U.S. refineries on the Gulf Coast.
This long environmentally reviewed project has no material impact on greenhouse gas emissions since this crude will still be extracted in any event whether for U.S. benefit or benefit to other adversarial global purchasers. Shipping this crud using rail or tanker would increase CO2 transportation emissions by between 28% to 42% and have higher likelihood of leaks. 
Killing Keystone will strand billions of dollars in Canadian investment alienating a key ally and kill thousands of U.S. jobs including 10,000 American union construction jobs, steel pipe made in the U.S., a 10 million Green Job Training Fund, $500 million for indigenous suppliers and jobs and 100% renewable power to operate the pipeline.
This absurd action by Biden clearly signals that his administration intends to promote energy and climate actions driven by completely irrational “climate panic” propaganda. 
BP’s year 2020 Global Energy Statistical Analysis report provides detailed energy and emissions data over the period 1965 through 2019. For more than a decade the U.S. has been leading the world in reducing CO2 emissions more than any other nation with reductions of over 15 percent since its peak 2007 year amounting to about 1 billion metric tons of CO2 decreases per year with further reductions yet to come. This huge emissions decrease was achieve by using increased amounts low cost natural gas obtained through fracking technology and using this gas to replace much higher emission coal fuel power plants with very high efficiency and lower emissions combined cycle gas turbine power plants.
While the U.S. was leading this more than decade long global CO2 emissions reductions effort the world’s developing nations (which have all signed the Paris Climate Agreement) led by China and India were hugely increasing use of coal fueled power plants and increasing global CO2 emissions by over 5.7 billion metric tons of CO2 per year an amount that greatly exceeds total U.S. CO2 annual emissions. These developing nations have dominated global CO2 emissions for 15 years now and as of 2019 they control 65% of all globe emissions. The developed nations can do nothing to prevent the continuing increase in global CO2 emissions and must not destroy their economies in a futile and misguided effort to due so as cluelessly and dishonestly promoted by the Democratic Party.  
China has been increasing its production of coal fuel since it signed the Paris Climate Agreement with these increases now amounting by over 12 percent of year 2016 levels (the year the Paris Agreement was signed) with year 2019 production levels now at 3.9 billion tons which is the highest coal production in the world. China’s year 2019 total energy use relied upon fossil fuels to provide more than 85% of its total energy needs. China’s use of renewable solar and wind amounted to only about 4.7 percent of its total year 2019 total energy consumption. The Democratic Party uses distortion, deception and dishonestly to falsely champion China as a leader of renewable energy use and emissions reductions while concealing from the American public the huge benefits in CO2 emissions reductions and lower energy costs that the U.S. has achieved by use of low cost high efficiency natural gas obtained through fracking.
The Democrats also falsely promote Germany as an example of the success in increasing use of renewable energy but conceal the huge problems that Germany is now facing with high energy costs and poor electric grid reliability that have been caused by excessive reliance upon costly and unreliable renewables. Germany has spent more than 1 trillion Euros in mandating this change with renewables now accounting for about 40% of its electricity energy. Germany has the highest electricity rates in the EU with average electricity costs about 3 times higher than average electricity rates here in the U.S. Germany is now planning for rationing electricity in order to avoid blackouts because of poor grid reliability caused by excessive use of non dispatchable renewables. The plan includes requiring customers that have more controllable loads to shutdown power for 2 hours each day so blackouts can be avoided. Despite this decades long trillion Euro government mandated renewable program Germany still relied on fossil fuels for meeting about 77% of its year 2019 total energy needs. Germanys CO2 reductions in the last decade amount to about 125 million metric tons per year.
During the last decade the world’s developed nations including the EU and U.S. have reduced global CO2 emissions by about 1.6 billion metric tons per year. All global CO2 emissions increases during the last decade are accounted for solely by the world’s developing nations led by China and India with all these nations having signed the Paris Climate Agreement. China’s annual CO2 emissions are now twice those of the U.S.
Biden is leading the U.S. down a disastrous energy and economic path through the Democratic Party’s bizarre politics that clearly demonstrate its incompetence and ignorance of energy and climate realities.      

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Larry Hamlin
January 24, 2021 7:13 pm

Democratic Party’s”

Democrat Party, not Democratic.

Larry Hamlin
Reply to  Jeff Alberts
January 24, 2021 9:42 pm

No that is not correct.

Duker
Reply to  Larry Hamlin
January 25, 2021 8:45 pm

Yes. They may be a group noun ‘democrats’ but the party name is Democratic Party. Grew out of the Democratic-Republican Party.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Duker
January 27, 2021 8:44 am

In that case, the group noun should be “Democratics”.

griff
Reply to  Larry Hamlin
January 25, 2021 4:09 am

‘the huge problems that Germany is now facing with high energy costs and poor electric grid reliability that have been caused by excessive reliance upon costly and unreliable renewables. ‘ Germany doesn’t have any problems from this at all: it has one of the most reliable grids in the world (and you understate its level of renewables BTW)

pochas94
January 24, 2021 2:29 pm

A great opportunity for the Chinese and Russians in the Arctic.

2hotel9
January 24, 2021 2:34 pm

Why are so many people surprised? He said he was going to f***k America for voting Trump and now he is.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  2hotel9
January 24, 2021 4:48 pm

Are the missing letters “ris” or “rac?”

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Clyde Spencer
January 24, 2021 7:13 pm

“lin”

2hotel9
Reply to  Clyde Spencer
January 25, 2021 7:05 am

All quite applicable to CCP Joe’s plans for punishing America. Its actually only two, my ** doubles for some reason, but not 8, it singles every time!

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Richard Carlson
January 24, 2021 2:55 pm

No leasing=less output=higher prices=more imports.
Russia will be happy, American consumer/voters will be unhappy.
I can hardly wait.

Clyde Spencer
January 24, 2021 4:07 pm

“A leasing ban is just going to ship that production to Saudi Arabia, to Russia, where there are far less stringent environmental controls.”

Considering the past behavior of the Bureaucrat in Chief, and the apple of his eye that hasn’t fallen far from the tree, that may just well be the intention.

Kevin R.
January 24, 2021 5:46 pm

It’s a good thing all those trees were planted during the last thirty years. We’re going to need them for firewood.

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Edward Katz
January 24, 2021 6:18 pm

They’re blocking domestic production, while China just announced its 20 20coal production was its second highest on record.

griff
Reply to  Edward Katz
January 25, 2021 4:07 am

Because it blocked imports from Australia… no other reason

2hotel9
Reply to  griff
January 25, 2021 7:07 am

You really are a pinhead. Their USE of coal is expanding with no plans to stop.

RelPerm
January 25, 2021 6:13 am

I don’t agree with decision, but elections have consequences. California has right to limit development on its lands, so does Florida, so does US Fed. You get what the majority votes. If citizens don’t like results, vote different next time.

KT66
Reply to  RelPerm
January 25, 2021 6:32 am

So you think the elections were fair and honest, and that our votes mattered then and will in the future?

willem post
January 25, 2021 6:56 am

Every day, the invisible Biden handlers are telling Biden to “get out his pen”, to sign executive orders to open the borders, halt Keystone XL, join Paris, and whatever else they can dream up, to “undo/erase Trump”.

In the evening, Biden can tell his admiring wife, over a sumptious dinner, he has been very busy changing the world, and that he is very tired, because he has been fighting to change the climate.

The whole charade is off-the-charts rediculous.

FOUR YEARS OF THIS FARCE?

Here are some numbers that should wake up everybody.

WORLD AND US PRIMARY ENERGY CONSUMPTION AND CAPITAL COST
https://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/world-total-energy-consumption

World energy consumption is projected to increase to 736 quads in 2040 from 575 quads in 2015, an increase of 28%, according to the latest from the US Energy Information Administration, EIA. 
See URL and click on PPT to access data, click on to page 4 of PowerPoint
https://www.eia.gov/outlooks/ieo/

Most of this growth is expected to come from countries that are not in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, OECD, and especially from countries where demand is driven by strong economic growth, particularly in Asia.
 
Non-OECD Asia, which includes China and India, accounted for more than 60% of the world’s total increase in energy consumption from 2015 through 2040.
 
PARIS AGREEMENTS
 
China, India, and other developing Asian countries, and Africa, and Middle and South America need to use low-cost energy, such as coal, to be competitive.
 
They would not have signed up for “Paris”, if they had not been allowed to be more or less exempt from the Paris agreements

Obama agreed to commit the US to the Paris agreements, i.e., be subject to its financial and other obligations for decades. 
However, he never submitted the commitment to the US Senate for ratification, as required by the US Constitution. 
Trump rescinded the commitment. It became effective 3 years later, one day after the US presidential elections on November 3, 2020.

If the US had not left “Paris”, a UN Council likely would have determined a level of renewable energy, RE, spending, say $500 billion/y, for distributing to various poorer countries by UN bureaucrats. 
The Council would have assessed OECD members, likely in proportion to their GDPs. 
The US and Europe would have been assessed at 100 to 150 billion dollars/y each.
The non-OECD countries likely would continue to be more or less exempt from paying for the Paris agreements.

SUMMARY OF CAPITAL EXPENDITURES, CAPEX

The analysis includes two scenarios: 1) 50% RE by 2050, and 2) 100% RE by 2050.
The CAPEX values exclude a great many items related to transforming the world economy to a low-carbon mode. See next section.

50% RE by 2050

World CAPEX for RE were $2,652.2 billion for 2010-2019, 10 years
World CAPEX for RE were $282.2 billion in 2019.
World CAPEX for RE would be $24,781 billion for 2019 – 2050, 32 years; compound growth 5.76%/y
 
US CAPEX for RE were $494.5 billion for 2010 – 2019, 10 years.
US CAPEX for RE were $59 billion in 2019.
US CAPEX for RE would be $7,233 billion for 2019 – 2050, 32 years; compound growth 8.81%/y

100% RE by 2050

World CAPEX for RE were $2,652.2 billion for 2010-2019, 10 years
World CAPEX for RE were $282.2 billion in 2019.
World CAPEX for RE would be $60,987 billion for 2019 – 2050, 32 years; compound growth 10.08%/y
 
US CAPEX for RE were $494.5 billion for 2010 – 2019, 10 years.
US CAPEX for RE were $59 billion in 2019.
US CAPEX for RE would be $16,988 billion for 2019 – 2050, 32 years; compound growth 13.42%/y

Carlo, Monte
Reply to  willem post
January 25, 2021 7:45 am

“What am I signing?” — Dementia Joe Xiden

Robert W Turner
January 25, 2021 7:04 am

We’re dealing with deranged cultists with little grasp on reality and who are now simply rigging elections because they have failed to indoctrinate enough useful idiots to push their draconian agenda. It’s past time for secession, but I guess that will need to wait for a generation with BALLS to be in charge.

Kit P
January 25, 2021 11:05 am

We need a national museum of bad energy ideas to break the cycle thinking that promotes certain things that sound good.

For example, hydrogen fool cells and battery electric cars. Sounded good when I was in high school over 60 years ago.

There should be a special wind dedicated to the concept of the circular firing squad. I learned about this working at a nuclear power plant. Environmental zealots would circle the power plant and start shooting. Aim was bad.

In the navy and commercial power plants had lots of technicians and lawyers to ensure regulations were being followed. The cost per kwh is insignificant. Regulations for handling radioactive waste also hit places like hospitals.

I am all for handling hazardous waste properly. Wind and solar are not exempt and produce more on a kwh basis.

However you make electricity or produce fuel on a industrial scale some environmental zealot will be dragging your to court. They will find an example of it not being done right. People like me will provide evidence of how the project does it right and complies with regulations.

The cost of presenting evidence to a judge is not a problem for nuke but a 10 MWe biomass plant designed to improve forest heath will kill the smaller project.

Biden climate BS will not survive a court challenge. Wind and solar do not produce baseload power. I think I could defend in court that producing 10 % bio based transportation fuels to reduce ghg.

If Biden tries to make it hard regulation, the federal goverment will have to provide an EIS (environmental impact statement) showing no significant environmental impact.

rwisrael
January 25, 2021 8:53 pm

Cutting off the patients leg to cure a hangnail?

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