Saturday, May 10, 2008

Energy solutions

I had to share this cartoon. It is halarious!!!!

WOW! I have been away from blogging for too long!

Good to be back. I think if we could harness the energy Hillary has put into her campaign we could run the country for another year or two! Yet I digress and here is why.

I am really irrititated by something I read last night about congress so I got up this morning and started writing to all my legislators and to some talk show hosts I listen to.

Here is basically what I have sent out, of course I modified it depending on who I sent it to.

Dear NC Legislators

I drive for a living and it is now costing me $65 a day on average to run my Delivery Van. That's over $15,000 a year and it is having a tremendous negative impact on my small business and so many others in the transportation industry in our great country.

I urge you to focus your attention on the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005), and push Congress to continue to pass legislation allowing the US oil companies to work the vast amounts of oil in the Western United States Oil Shale deposits. Your positions have a tremendous influence in our country and perhaps other legislators will follow suit if you take up this challenge. Our Congress passed this legislation in 2005 opening the door to this potential American energy solution but the current Congress is now trying to stop it.
Please help your fellow Americans by shedding more light on this subject!!!!!

Here are a few excerpts from the above linked article that explains all of this in detail.

While oil shale occurs in much of the world, the western United States is home to the world's largest deposits. Most oil shales are fine-grained sedimentary rock containing high amounts of organic matter from which oil and gas may be extracted via a distillation (heating) process.

Oil shale was formed millions of years ago by the deposition of silt and organic debris on lake beds and sea bottoms. During time, heat and pressure transformed the materials into oil shale in a process similar to that which forms oil; however, the heat and pressure were not as great. Oil shale can contain enough oil to burn without additional processing, so it is also known as "the rock that burns."

Total world resources of oil shale are estimated at 2.6 trillion barrels of oil, with the Green River formation in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming containing an estimated 1.2 trillion to 1.8 trillion barrels- the largest deposits in the world.
Even by conservative estimates, there are 800 billion barrels of recoverable oil from oil shale in the area, an amount three times greater than the proven oil reserves of Saudi Arabia.

In public opinion poll after poll, an overwhelming majority of citizens-nearly 85%-express strong support for weaning the U.S. from increasing foreign energy addiction. They want America to be as energy independent as possible. Soon, new American technologies can help Western oil shale do just that.

The greatest challenge to realizing the vast potential of oil shale in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming has been technology, extracting the resource in an economically viable and environmentally responsible way. With U.S. demand for petroleum products topping 20 million barrels per day, oil shale could be used to meet a quarter of that demand-800 billion barrels of recoverable resources, which would last more than 400 years.

Please help us out.
JD Pearce - A very concerned citizen
Charlotte, NC

So there you go. I believe we must reach out to our legislators from time to time and let them hear from us. I also sent it to our President and Governor. Speaking of Governor, I hope pat McCrory wins the office in the upcoming election in NC because I know him personally and I think he will be a great asset to Charlotte and Mecklenburg county. We have been ignored in Raliegh for far too long.

Anyway what do you think about Oil Shale?
I will be posting more about it in the coming days.

Peace be with you all


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