Monday, January 22, 2007

State of the Union Address

Tuesday night President Bush is expected to talk extensively about energy in his state of the union address. Even with the recent decline in gasoline prices, talk abounds about achieving a serious reduction on the use of foreign oil.

WASHINGTON - Higher fuel economy for passenger cars, more ethanol
production and better support for plug-in hybrid research are all topics that
President Bush will push at Tuesday night's State of the Union address.
They
will come as part of an extensive push on energy issues that will be one of the
key pillars of the speech, as the president seeks common ground with a growing
crowd of Democrats and Republicans concerned with global warming and U.S.
dependence on foreign sources of oil.

Some expect the President will call for a massive increase in the use of ethanol in the next 25 years, but some are not convinced this is a good plan such as Alan Caruba.

AXcess News) S. Orange, NJ - Hating so-called "fossil fuels", coal, oil, and
natural gas, with a passion, the environmentalists have perpetrated every
deception possible and, among them, is the notion that Americans can avoid
destroying the Earth if they just fill up the tanks of their automobiles with
ethanol.
As I have pointed out in the past, the world is not running out of
oil and, here in the United States, we have enough reserves of coal to provide
electricity and other needs for centuries to come. So who has the new Democrat
majority in Congress declared persona non grata? The oil industry. Their
proposed "answer" to our transportation energy needs is ethanol.
Instead of
pandering to the environmentalist's obsession over fossil fuels, Congress should
be making areas in and around the United States more accessible to exploration
and extraction of known oil and natural gas supplies. That is the true
definition of "energy independence."
This has not occurred because most of
America's onshore energy is in the West and Alaska where more than half the land
is under federal control. We are talking about estimates, according to the U.S.
Interior Department, of 187 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 21 billion
barrels of oil, representing 76 percent of onshore federal oil and gas
resources.


So what does mean for agriculture? My opinion is that the push towards bioenergy and renewable fuels is well underway and will become a viable part of the energy portfolio. The question remains regarding the economics and consumer acceptance. The present politics in Washington will most likely continue the debate and push towards ethanol and other biofuels. With the 2008 presidential election cycle now beginning this will be a very popular campaign theme in most of the candidates camps

1 comment:

Jay Draiman said...

MANDATORY RENEWABLE ENERGY – THE ENERGY EVOLUTION –R10

In order to insure energy and economic independence as well as better economic growth without being blackmailed by foreign countries, our country, the United States of America’s Utilization of Energy sources must change.
"Energy drives our entire economy." We must protect it. "Let's face it, without energy the whole economy and economic society we have set up would come to a halt. So you want to have control over such an important resource that you need for your society and your economy." The American way of life is not negotiable.
Our continued dependence on fossil fuels could and will lead to catastrophic consequences.

The federal, state and local government should implement a mandatory renewable energy installation program for residential and commercial property on new construction and remodeling projects with the use of energy efficient material, mechanical systems, appliances, lighting, etc. The source of energy must by renewable energy such as Solar-Photovoltaic, Geothermal, Wind, Biofuels, etc. including utilizing water from lakes, rivers and oceans to circulate in cooling towers to produce air conditioning and the utilization of proper landscaping to reduce energy consumption. (Sales tax on renewable energy products should be reduced or eliminated)

The implementation of mandatory renewable energy could be done on a gradual scale over the next 10 years. At the end of the 10 year period all construction and energy use in the structures throughout the United States must be 100% powered by renewable energy. (This can be done by amending building code)

In addition, the governments must impose laws, rules and regulations whereby the utility companies must comply with a fair “NET METERING” (the buying of excess generation from the consumer at market price), including the promotion of research and production of “renewable energy technology” with various long term incentives and grants. The various foundations in existence should be used to contribute to this cause.

A mandatory time table should also be established for the automobile industry to gradually produce an automobile powered by renewable energy. The American automobile industry is surely capable of accomplishing this task. As an inducement to buy hybrid automobiles (sales tax should be reduced or eliminated on American manufactured automobiles).

This is a way to expedite our energy independence and economic growth. (This will also create a substantial amount of new jobs). It will take maximum effort and a relentless pursuit of the private, commercial and industrial government sectors commitment to renewable energy – energy generation (wind, solar, hydro, biofuels, geothermal, energy storage (fuel cells, advance batteries), energy infrastructure (management, transmission) and energy efficiency (lighting, sensors, automation, conservation) (rainwater harvesting) (energy and natural resources conservation) in order to achieve our energy independence.

"To succeed, you have to believe in something with such a passion that it becomes a reality."

Jay Draiman, Energy Consultant
Northridge, CA. 91325
Jan. 23, 2007

P.S. I have a very deep belief in America's capabilities. Within the next 10 years we can accomplish our energy independence, if we as a nation truly set our goals to accomplish this.
I happen to believe that we can do it. In another crisis--the one in 1942--President Franklin D. Roosevelt said this country would build 60,000 [50,000] military aircraft. By 1943, production in that program had reached 125,000 aircraft annually. They did it then. We can do it now.
The American people resilience and determination to retain the way of life is unconquerable and we as a nation will succeed in this endeavor of Energy Independence.

Solar energy is the source of all energy on the earth (excepting volcanic geothermal). Wind, wave and fossil fuels all get their energy from the sun. Fossil fuels are only a battery which will eventually run out. The sooner we can exploit all forms of Solar energy (cost effectively or not against dubiously cheap FFs) the better off we will all be. If the battery runs out first, the survivors will all be living like in the 18th century again.

Every new home built should come with a solar package. A 1.5 kW per bedroom is a good rule of thumb. The formula 1.5 X's 5 hrs per day X's 30 days will produce about 225 kWh per bedroom monthly. This peak production period will offset 17 to 24 cents per kWh with a potential of $160 per month or about $60,000 over the 30-year mortgage period for a three-bedroom home. It is economically feasible at the current energy price and the interest portion of the loan is deductible. Why not?

Title 24 has been mandated forcing developers to build energy efficient homes. Their bull-headedness put them in that position and now they see that Title 24 works with little added cost. Solar should also be mandated and if the developer designs a home that solar is impossible to do then they should pay an equivalent mitigation fee allowing others to put solar on in place of their negligence.

Installing renewable energy system on your home or business increases the value of the property and provides a marketing advantage.

Nations of the world should unite and join together in a cohesive effort to develop and implement MANDATORY RENEWABLE ENERGY for the sake of humankind and future generations.