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No Sign of Let-up: Energy Blackouts in America
Monday, May 17, 2010@ 12:08 PM
Author: admin

The sudden surge in population has resulted in a dearth in energy supply all over the world. Approximately every four months, there are energy blackouts in America that affects half a million homes. Blackouts in America cause not only hospitals and television stations to black out, but also those other things such as elevators, trains, and traffic lights. Water treatment and pumping water to reservoirs requires electricity. Almost everything that makes our life comfortable depends on electricity, and energy blackouts in America will affect the normalcy of every person on the continent.

The frequency of large energy blackouts in America has exponentially increased in the coming years especially during the peak hours of the day. These blackouts can last for approximately a week and affect the public welfare and health of the people living in America. The lack of energy can affect the quality of life of every single person in America. The primary causes of energy blackouts in America are due to the use of energy resources for long distance transfers. This in turn affects the availability of the lines, increasing the risk for blackouts. There is an insufficient management of systems of the electricity network, and inadequate investments in the transmission infrastructure. The protective systems were also poorly aligned, which affected the reliability of the energy supply. All these factors combined, are the main causes the primary causes for energy blackouts in America.

Natural storms, human errors and mechanical failures also contribute to triggering an energy blackout.
The effect of energy blackouts in America also has a large impact on the social costs – there are heavy losses incurred for every blackout. While the frequency of blackouts has definitely not decreased, the frequencies increase during the late summer and late-winter months. This shows that blackout trends changes with the time of the year.

The technological improvements have definitely reduced the number of energy blackouts in America, even if they have not decreased the frequency of them. The energy crisis forces people to consider alternative means of power – such as solar or wind energy. Given the lack of guarantee of the prolonged supply, renewable energy sources are one way for Americans to avoid this energy crisis from hitting them hard.

The energy blackouts in America have begun to encourage people to conserve the energy, and support the development of alternative sources of power that are renewable and more abundant in supply.

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National Enery Policy Considered
Monday, May 17, 2010@ 11:53 AM
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Every government plans its resources and their usage to benefit the country. The National Energy Policy includes all aspects of energy development, production, distribution and of course consumption. It will also include energy conservation and taxation. Energy is of utmost importance in our life in countless ways.

The energy that we use today generally comes from the fossil fuels and unless we try and explore the newer renewable sources there would be soon a time when we will just run out of them. We need to consider the long term effects that might affect us as well like the environment, depletion of the natural sources, pollution and global climate change. This is where the National Energy Policy comes in. It is the country’s challenge to develop an energy plan that would keep all of these in mind and strive to provide affordable and sufficient energy to the people of the country. It depends on the government to plan and use the energy resources available to us.

The National Energy Policy consists of many legal agreements and agency directives and gives importance to energy security and international policies regarding it. The major factors on which the National Energy Policy revolves are:

• International Energy security policy
• International trade agreements
• Legislations on energy activities like trade, storage and transport
• Statement regarding energy planning, generation, transmission and use
• Details of any energy related research and development
• Fiscal polices related to energy services and products
• Legislations affecting efficiency and emission standards

The above mentioned are the basic parameters on which the National Energy Policy is built. The countries build their policies keeping these parameters in mind but each policy gives utmost importance to the needs and demands of the country before anything. Each policy is unique to the specific needs of the country. For instance, the National Energy Policy of USA is defined by the federal, local state and public policies, all of which together address the issues of energy production, distribution and consumption not only for the present but also for the future.

Similarly Europe and United Kingdom both have National Energy Policy addressing the demands, resources and needs of the country. In case of UK, it has an ambitious goal to reduce carbon emission. Russia too has its own energy policy and is a super power supplying energy to the European Union. The energy policies are all made keeping in mind the benefit of the nation and for general welfare.

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High Gas Prices
Monday, May 17, 2010@ 11:48 AM
Author: admin

In the fast moving and rapidly developing world of today, where energy is a very important requirement for all the day-to-day activities it is very much necessary to keep in mind the rise in prices of energy resources especially gas which is used by man in almost all spheres of work. Petroleum and other non-renewable products that are scarce and available in only a limited quantity have been subject to high prices due to its reckless and incessant use by most people today. In fact, the high gas prices are a real cause of worry for people all over the world as it devours a sizeable portion of their income, thereby reducing their purchasing power and disrupts the standard of living of the common person. This in turn leads to civil unrest and protests.

In many countries where politics has a strong hold and where people are incensed by political leaders for their own selfish purpose the high gas prices can in fact cause a tumultuous wave of revolution and disrupt the normal life of the people. Civil unrest and protests that arise as a result of the high gas prices can in fact lead to mass agitation and violence and cause loss especially in the automobile and other related industries, leading to a huge drop in sales and makes the company suffer untold losses.

Foreign investors who see this particular atmosphere of the nation resulting from high gas prices will be discouraged and thus the country loses the valuable exchange and benefits that come along with foreign investments. Major players in the automobile industries like Volkswagen, Audi, and BMW, etc, may be forced to close down their outlets and set up new markets elsewhere in the continent making it difficult to bring quality cars to the common man of today.

If we take into account the balance of trade and the import of the country, we can find that gas makes up the highest part of the total. As the fossil reserves are less and geography of the nation is one that limits further exploration of places that may contain huge deposits of oil high gas prices is a serious burden on the economy of the nation.

Overall, the fact that scientist have not been able to fully tap the benefits of the renewable sources of energy makes the high gas prices unbearable. Therefore, it is necessary to adopt those means where sources of energy like wind, water, sunlight can be incorporated and tapped to meet the needs of the common person. So let us take a firm step to conserve these non-renewable sources so that we may beat the burden of high gas prices and make life a lot more comfortable for all.

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Former Shell CEO on President’s Push to Raise Taxes on Oil Companies

This is a rush transcript from “Your World With Neil Cavuto,” May 13, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

NEIL CAVUTO, ANCHOR: All right, well, oil and gas prices dropping this week, but that might not last too long. President Obama is now backing legislation to immediately hike taxes on oil companies. The funds would help clean up the BP oil spill, among other things.

Here now, former Shell CEO John Hofmeister.

John, where is this going?

JOHN HOFMEISTER, FORMER CEO, SHELL: Well, I think the government needs to demonstrate to the American people in its own mind that they’re in charge of the situation and they want to take actions that they can self-promote what they’re doing as government….

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Alternative Energy Solutions for a Better Tomorrow
Friday, May 14, 2010@ 11:08 PM
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Alternative Energy Solutions for a Better Tomorrow

The world is changing fast and coupled with it is our daily life. The list of basic amenities for survival is fast overlapping the conventional threshold of knowledge. Proper use of energy resources is vital to human existence in this planet. The conventional sources of power, as we all know, are being replaced by the alternative sources of energy. The pressure on the non-renewable energy bank adds to our woe. To fight this utterly gruesome situation, effective alternative energy solutions are needed.

Alternative energy solutions relate to all the sources of power and energy hitherto unknown or less popular in terms of usage since their inception. These may relate to all forms of non-conventional sources of energy including- wind, tidal, solar, geothermal, biological energy sources and so on. Effective energy solutions are the need of the day. With burgeoning crude oil prices around the globe, the world economy has leaped into a crucial time. To add to the already beefed up problem, the impact of global recession has marred the hopes of millions garnering a dream to grow and prosper.

With the shrinking natural resource pool, the demand for alternative energy solutions is growing sky-high. Coupled with it is the rapid growth rate of economies among the developing countries of the world. The growing demand for more power and energy from these countries have led to more utilization of natural resources and consequently putting more pressure on the natural store house of  non-renewable resources including fossil fuels like –coal and petroleum.

Proper energy solutions can only provide a considerable way out in these times of crisis.
Solar power is one of the best ways among alternative energy sources to compensate the power requirement. Solar power production and its utilization in various quarters have enhanced various sectors starting from agriculture to small-scale production units linked with micro entrepreneurship. Effective energy solutions come as the only source of respite.

Wave power or the tidal energy is another alternative power source that comes handy in these times of widespread energy shortage. The wave or tides generate enormous amount of power which if used effectively may serve as effective energy solutions in the near future. If properly utilized, geo-thermal energy holds a vast potential unlike other energy solutions fulfilling most of the energy requirements. To conclude it will not be wrong to say that vast potential in terms of alternative energy solutions still lay within our very grip, it only needs to be utilized in a judicious manner.

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Video of John Hofmeister on The Today Show
Friday, May 14, 2010@ 3:35 PM
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See video of John Hofmeister on the Today Show May 13 2010


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John Hofmeister’s appearance on the “Today” Show
Friday, May 14, 2010@ 2:59 PM
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Former oil exec talk energy policy

Hofmeister used to work at Shell, now he’s on a mission

Posted at: today.msnbc.msn.com, May 13, 2010

As president of Shell Oil, John Hofmeister was known for being a straight shooter, willing to challenge his peers throughout the industry. Now, he’s a man on a mission, the founder of Citizens for Affordable Energy, crisscrossing the country in a grassroots campaign to change the way we look at energy in this country. Read an excerpt from his book “Why We Hate the Oil Companies.”

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Petroleum: Fueling the Economy
Saturday, April 24, 2010@ 1:13 AM
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Energy is what moves the world. And many energy resources have been relied upon for ages, to make our lives convenient and comfortable. Petroleum is one such energy resource.  Found deep inside the earth, it is formed when organic materials of specific composition are subject to high heat and pressure for millions of years. The main constituents of petroleum are crude oil and natural gas. Natural gas is growing in familiarity and is also processed and refined to form a better fuel alternative.

Petroleum, being a major source of energy with its by-products used as automobile fuel and as an important constituent in many chemicals, is considered a major building block for the economy as well. Therefore the petroleum industry, generating bulk-volume products by way of gasoline and fuel oil, is of paramount significance when issues related to energy or ecology are at the center of current public and world affairs.

The petroleum industry is classified into the exploration(exploring different oil/petroleum reservoirs as rich sources for the fuel) , extraction(drilling out the core constituents, as a whole, singleton source of petroleum), refining(purification so as to remove the impurities and increase the utility value for petroleum and its components – oil, natural gas), transportation (transporting the product through tankers or pipelines to its different destinations) and finally, marketing the products.

Apart from the conventional sources of petroleum, due to the rising demand and the soaring oil prices, modern offshore drilling techniques are being employed. Offshore drilling involves drilling a well underwater to tap potential oil and gas resources. Though this kind of oil extraction is done on a large scale along the coastal regions, it is also applicable to drilling in lakes and seas.

The petroleum industry spawns a multitude of small industry sectors catering to the major processes and sub-processes involved in its production. Apart from fueling the core transportation industry that links the opposite ends of the earth, it has also seeped into every home as an indispensable resource generating cooking gas or power. Thus, the industry also generates and sustains employment for workers of all sectors of the economy. For instance, in the way of transporting petroleum products, new pipeline jobs come as potent job opportunity. Extraction processes involve specialized engineers and highly trained technicians equipped with the knowledge of drilling and oil extraction as well.

As a global non-renewable energy source with widespread usage and utility, petroleum is a hot topic of discussion and debates, as its depletion fuels an ongoing energy controversy and triggers the search for alternative sources of renewable energy.

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What are the environmental effects of oil drilling?
Thursday, April 22, 2010@ 5:02 PM
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In this day and age when environmental protection is given such importance, offshore oil drilling is taking quite a lot of flak. There are a lot of environmental effects of oil drilling and the whole process unavoidably pollutes the air, the land and the water.

One of the major concerns is oil spills and a prime example of this is the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska. Oil spills of varying severity occur literally in every aspect and every phase of drilling. But the major threat comes from oil being transported. These spills pollute the water with poisons, which seeps into the land, and potentially disrupts the larger ecology and the food chain.  Everyone has seen those awful images of petroleum coating the feathers of seabirds, making it near impossible for them to fly.

Oils spills are not the only thing that affects marine life; there are seismic waves that are used to detect the oil located under sea beds. This tends to damage or hurt the sonar signals that are primarily used by whales and dolphins to navigate the waters. One major oil company had to halt their usage of seismic waves to detect oil because close to 100 whales were beached as their sonar was affected by oil detection efforts. In extreme cases this does cause marine life to change their migratory patterns. Therefore, our search for fossil fuels and alternative energy sources must be tempered by concerns for environmental protection.

Another major hazard that occurs due to all this is the damage to the ecosystem. Since the infrastructure for drilling oil is so large –from the oil rigs to roads and tankers and pipeline jobs – it affects everything in its path. Airstrips are a big problem for birds. The constant landing and taking off of planes creates problems for reproduction and a loss of their habitat. A lot of building and construction is undertaken to create more energy and all this too creates havoc for the nearby flora and fauna.

Today, the technology used for drilling by energy companies like Shell Oil has come a long way. They have improved the way they deal with the environmental fall out and are working to reduce oil spills as well. There is now a new method of drilling oil which is horizontal drilling which basically rules out having to have oil rigs. Double hulls on all tankers have also reduced the chances of spillage when at sea. All of these efforts are designed to make discovery more responsible and the environmental effects less damaging and not as long lasting.

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Sunday, April 18, 2010@ 5:22 PM
Author: Press


Contact: Karen Hofmeister

Telephone: 713-523-7333

E-Mail: karen.hofmeister@jkhgroup.org


It Can If a Donation is Texted to Citizens for Affordable Energy

Citizens for Affordable Energy educates citizens and government officials about pragmatic, non-partisan affordable energy solutions, environmental protections, energy alternatives, efficiency, infrastructure, public policy, competitiveness, social cohesion, and quality of life. CEO and founder of Citizens for Affordable Energy is John Hofmeister, the former President of Shell Oil. He founded the group to help educate citizens who will ultimately demand public policy by which America produces much more energy for affordability and sustainability.

By texting the word ENERGY to 20222 individuals can make a donation to Citizens for Affordable Energy and help further the cause of leading America to a more prosperous tomorrow. Donations to the group can help to accomplish the goals of bringing the cost of energy down, more energy independence, creating energy in an environmentally-friendly manner, developing new technology for energy production, developing alternative forms of energy, and improving energy policy.

For more information please visit www.citizensforaffordableenergy.com. John Hofmeister has carefully explained his vision and energy solutions in the book Why We Hate the Oil Companies: Straight Talk from an Energy Insider, to be released on May 25th by Palgrave McMillan.

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For more information please contact Karen Hofmeister at 713-523-7333 or karen.hofmeister@jkhgroup.org.

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