Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Great Insight About Enviromental Activism: By Jeff Heller

To the Editor: A few recent developments in the energy area need to be noted by our local energy consumers - which is almost all of us. My last propane delivery included a note that from now on every propane delivery (and I assume this will apply to my oil deliveries as well) will include an additional charge of $9.62 to cover increased costs of Hazmat regulations and environmental regulations. If your average propane delivery (not this week's) would be around $100.00, that fee represents (BAM!) a 10% increase in your heating costs - due to environmentalism. In addition to that added cost was a significant increase in the price of the propane. About 70% of propane comes from natural gas. That supply is increasing very rapidly thanks to the Marcellus and Utica Shale Plays in Pennsylvania and Ohio (but not in New York!). What is missing is more storage to handle these high demand periods. In our area in particular the environmentalists are blocking that process - think Watkins Glen. With more storage, which in effect would increase supply, we would not see as much of a price spike. Is it any wonder so many of us, who used to call ourselves environmentalists, now prefer to call ourselves conservationists? On the one side we have pure emotionalism and on the other a rational relationship between the use of our natural resources AND the need for common sense regulations. Speaking of common sense and environmentalism, have you heard the latest story on the Spotted Owls? In the 70's and 80's we wiped out about 90,000 jobs in the Pacific northwest because "logging" was killing the owls. Well, not really. It turns out the Spotted owls can't compete with the Barred owls. So if the Spotted owls go "extinct" it will be because of the Barred owls, not the loggers! Tough luck for the loggers, and their families. And tough luck for the Barred owls! The Interior Dept. is going to pay licensed hunters over three million dollars to kill a little over 3,000 Barred owls! Only and "environmentalist" can see the logic if this! (You can't make this stuff up!) These are the kind of people, and their policies, that are driving our energy costs up. 'Beam me up Scotty, there's no intelligent life down here'! Jeff Heller

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