5 Ways To Keep High Wyoming Energy Costs At Bay
Along with everything else, energy prices are rising.
It's a dangerous cycle.
The rise of energy prices has an effect on the entire market.
There are too many variables to keep energy prices 100% under control.
Energy has always been a volatile business.
But there are a few things we can do, and stop doing, to lower energy costs and keep them on the lower end.
Government promises us clean, green, affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy.
But the more government intervention there is the more we get the opposite.
Here are Four simple ideas for lowering energy costs.
Let the free market reign at home
The government should not be in the business of dictating or trying to influence what sort of energy the people choose to use. People will gravitate toward what makes most sense for their needs and at the same time what is most cost effective for them. This includes what appliances they use in their homes, how they heat and cool their homes, and what they drive.
Let the free market reign in energy production
The government should never dictate what energy is produced. Utility companies along with those who produce the energy we need to run our vehicles look for the best way to produce their product at the lowest possible costs. Energy is a volume business. The lower the price of energy the more people use it, and the more money the companies make. Everybody wins.
We do need the government to oversee the production and use of energy to make sure nobody is polluting and to make sure energy providers are playing an honest game. What we don't need is ever-changing and growing, useless, regulations that do nothing but make everything more expensive.
Produce more energy at home
Once again, get the government out of the way and allow domestic producers to drill, dig for them, refine, and use the abundant energy we have right here at home. Quit importing from foreign countries. We don't need it.
Get out of the carbon game
CO2 is not a pollutant. Too much money is already being spent on the useless notion of carbon capture and sequestration. All this does is raise the cost of energy. It does nothing to stop the climate from doing what it has been doing for billions of years.
Carbon Capture is about to greatly increase Wyoming energy costs.
There are five coal units in Wyoming that are subject to the law and currently under analysis for carbon capture retrofits; two at the Wyodak Complex near Gillette, one at the Dave Johnston plant near Glenrock and two at the Jim Bridger plant east of Rock Springs.
Initial cost-benefit analyses, so far, indicate that retrofitting a single coal unit would cost about $500 million, according to Black Hills Energy. That’s the low end and does not account for how inflation might change the calculation 10 years from now for a 2038 implementation deadline. Applying a carbon capture retrofit to Unit 4 at Rocky Mountain Power’s Dave Johnston coal-fired plant, according to some observers, would be even more expensive because it is a large-capacity generator and would still require additional pollution controls, according to the utility. (Wyofile).
Greenpeace Co-Founder Patrick Moore explains to ELN why carbon dioxide is good.
Governor Mark Gordon is not anti-energy. He's very much in favor of Wyoming's coal, gas, and oil industries and wants them to survive.
To Governor Gordon that means capitalizing on the emissions production.
There is a claim that Wyoming produces more oil and gas than most of the US and is the worst for carbon emissions
But CO2 has been demonized and that is why there is a massive push to sequester it.
Decarbonizing the West is the 2024 Western Governor’s Association Chair initiative. Governor Gordon wants Wyoming to lead the charge:
'There really is no challenge I can see that is more important for us to address responsibly, thoughtfully, and most importantly, honestly, than climate change - and that is what this initiative is about," Governor Gordon said to stakeholders at the initiative’s first workshop at Gillette College on Sept. 21.
The effort is to "go greener." The governor wants to continue the production of coal, gas, and oil but control the CO2 output.
People are being told they have to give up something, and they are very reluctant to do that. This is an opportunity for us to make things work better, reduce CO2 in the atmosphere, grow our economy, and improve people’s lives without taking things away.
Governor Mark Gordon, along with some state legislators, have pushed the idea of "carbon capture" from coal power plants in an attempt to appease those who think that CO2 is causing catastrophic climate change.
I asked a state legislator if he believes that CO2 is causing a "climate crisis" and he said "no." But he wants to make sure that we keep our coal, natural gas, and oil industries going. So he thinks we need to find a way to appease climate change activists.
Obviously, appeasement is not working.
Activists and the Biden administration are working hard to shut down all organic fuel production, or as they say, "KEEP IT IN THE GROUND."
The video funny video below will show you some of the good things we do with CO2.
Exxon Mobile will soon inject up to 60 million cubic feet of CO2 per day from its Shute Creek natural gas processing facility near La Barge, according to the BLM.
The BLM has issued new guidance for underground CO2 storage as part of the Biden administration’s initiatives to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
'This project is a prime example of how the BLM can work together with industry leaders to combat climate change,' Wyoming BLM State Director Andrew Archuleta said in a press release.
Robert Bryce explains in his Real Clear Energy article Carbon Capture Didn’t Make Sense 12 Years Ago And It Doesn’t Make Sense Now.
Scientists will tell you that CO2 is Not a Pollutant. In the video below a scientist talks about how CO2 is greening the planet.
The latest mega-spending bill from Democrats in DC includes $3.2 billion in tax credits for carbon capture and sequestration.
Then there is the difficulty of siting the pipelines needed to move the CO2. An August 6, Wall Street Journal article talked about the opposition to a proposed CO2 pipeline in Iowa.
Biden's "CLIMATE CZAR" John Kerry introduced a bill with $2 billion per year for carbon capture and sequestration with technology that removes carbon dioxide from the smokestack at power plants and forces it into underground storage.
Watch this video below as a Princeton professor explains why CO2 is NOT a pollutant.
But pipeline capacity to move the newly captured carbon dioxide is woefully insufficient and the waste is staggering.
Even if we did get carbon underground, there is always the potential for it to come back up as many gasses do.
So enough. Let's deal with those things that are real pollution. What we are doing now is a massive waste of time, resources, and money.
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