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  • Morning Bell: Where Does Pelosi Think Natural Gas Comes From?

    Democratic National Convention

    DENVER — This week, The Foundry is reporting on all the sights, sounds and flavors of the Democratic National Convention. And one of the first “sights”  for those arriving by airplane is a video on the catastrophic dangers of global warming. You don’t really have much of a choice of whether to watch: The video blares as you wait for the tram to take you to the main terminal. At the main terminal, you’re greeted by the face of Gov. Bill Ritter (D) on a banner extolling the virtues of Colorado’s “New Energy Economy.”

    The message is clear: Coloradans (or at least those controlling the airport) hate fossil fuels. That’s why, when the Bureau of Land Management recently auctioned off leases to drill for natural gas on what environmentalists call “pristine backcountry” 54,631 acres, Ritter called it a “a sad day for Colorado.

    As much as Ritter and other environmentalists may hate natural gas, it’s big business in Colorado. In 2006, over $7 billion worth was produced from more than 20,000 wells.

    The governor may not like the fact that his state remains a big producer of “old” energy like natural gas, but at least he knows where it comes from. Defending the fact that she is presiding over energy legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives while investing $50,000 in billionaire T. Boone Pickens’ energy scheme, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi yesterday said on “Meet the Press“:

    I’m, I’m, I’m investing in something I believe in. I believe in natural gas as a clean, cheap alternative to fossil fuels. … These investments in wind, in solar and biofuels and focus on natural gas, these are the real alternatives.

    Natural gas is a “cheap alternative to fossil fuels”? According to the “Energy Kids Page“ of the Energy Information Administration (EIA), here’s how natural gas  is created:

    Millions of years ago, the remains of plants and animals decayed and built up in thick layers. This decayed matter from plants and animals is called organic material — it was once alive. Over time, the mud and soil changed to rock, covered the organic material and trapped it beneath the rock. Pressure and heat changed some of this organic material into coal, some into oil (petroleum), and some into natural gas — tiny bubbles of odorless gas.

    In other words, contra Nancy, natural gas is every bit the fossil fuel that oil is. And just like oil, it has to be extracted from the ground — often from “pristine” areas that wealthy San Franciscans don’t like to see touched by drills. The U.S. currently is a net importer of natural gas. Not only is there 18.7 billion barrels of oil in the Outer Continental Shelf that Pelosi wants to keep off limits, there is also more than 77 trillion cubic feet of natural gas that we could be producing domestically.

    Throughout convention week, liberal interest groups will present policy discussions in a “Big Tent” outside Pepsi Center. One such panel is called “Faces from the Front: Western Perspectives on the Drilling Boom” and promises to address “the toll that this administration’s ‘drill everywhere’ policies are having on the people and communities of the West.”

    We’ll be sure to ask the panelists what they think about Nancy Pelosi’s coming out in favor of domestic production of  one “alternative” — natural gas.

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    15 Responses to Morning Bell: Where Does Pelosi Think Natural Gas Comes From?

    1. LONNIE WIGGINS, SOUT says:

      IMPEACH PELOSI! She has a self-interest for oil prices to stay high so she can get her investment with Pickens up and going! She needs to impeached!

      We as Americans cannot afford Pelosi to determine our futures any longer.

      Thank you for your time!

    2. Kevin O. Fenning says:

      Maybe Ms. Pelosi has a personal deal cut with OPEC, and prefers that the American people remain a slave to those bandits for her financial gain.

      There is no other logical reason why powerful "liberals" hold on so tightly to the status quo in energy issues. The Wind, Solar, Geothermal alternatives are very real for our very near future. However in the "here & now" there are alot of powerful people holding on to OPEC for "dear life" for their own selfish reasons…

    3. Michael T. Packard says:

      Pelosi and "environmentALists" don't want temporary drill rigs "everywhere".

      But, they do want permanent 400-foot windmills nearly everywhere.

      Hmmmm.

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    6. jim alexanderson hig says:

      thats why we should not let liberals set our energy policy, they are well intententioned but dumb as rocks, they hate anything we are for if we said no they will say yes not even knowing what they are talking about. they are all assholes that are only interested in themselves and we should live the way they want us to not the way we want to.hope you lose

    7. Julie Barnes, Las Ve says:

      Perhaps Ms. Pelosi thinks natural gas comes from cow farts. And you know, maybe she's got an angle there. I'd pay money to see that collection system realized (I'm envisioning some kind of Rube Goldberg contraption). With our politicians, who needs commedians?

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    9. Eric,in Iowa says:

      Guess if Pelosi is still in Washington when the winter comes to the East coast it might make a difference for her to remember how she will stay warm when the Cold waves start hitting the part of the country.

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    11. Dave, laguna niguel, says:

      No wonder the Pelosi-led congress has a single digit approval rating! Listening to her and Harry Reid I would bet their combined IQ would also be a single digit! I shudder to think our once great country is in the hands of these nitwits. No wonder we are in a death spiral! The wicked witch of the west flies around in her private jet and tells us not to use gas! Why is she allowed to stay in office? She should be fired immediately for the damage she has done to American businesses, to American families, and she has the audacity to blame it all on Bush!

    12. Robert Young Marylan says:

      Ms Pelosi should be gone to be sure. Comments were correct except for the T Boone Pickens. The man is smart and has ideas. Some I like but seems like there are better ways in some instances. His choice not mine, he's got the bucks. lol

    13. Nathan, MO says:

      Thanks for your great coverage on this. Here is another article showing why this is a good time for Pelosi's investment:

      http://www.therelevantelephant.com/blog/entry/nan

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