Eat Your Natural Gas

Spinach, the oft-detested power vegetable, abhorred by children as a universal truth.  And yet, studies tout the benefits of a diet rich in this vitamin-intense leafy green.

Consider the similarities to natural gas-skeptics worldwide doubt its ability to enrich the lives of our global community and even more so, the ability to recover it safely and in a cost-effective manner. And yet, if governments will lead by example and promote the resource (a la Popeye), we might be able to encourage countries to try something new.

Just as a parent that eats his veggies without complaint encourages a child to do the same, Congress might also promote the fuel, by discontinuing the use of coal-fired power plants and in the creation of new tax incentives for the use of natural gas.

This week in Fuelfix, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) defended previous statements that predicted expanding shale gas resources in the U.S., and were critical of a June 26 New York Times article that cautioned against. This is not the first time the New York Times has biased coverage against the oil and gas industry. (We have yet to see a solid article with two points of view, much less a point of view other than one against the energy industry.)

“I believe EIA is doing a solid job of effectively tracking the emergence of shale gas in the U.S. energy system and thoughtfully reflecting that in our projections,” said Howard Gruenspecht, acting administrator of the EIA. “We’re very comfortable with where we are. We’ve seen nothing in the New York Times report that would cause us to change our view.”

With the world demanding more and more energy every day, it’s time to respond with the technologies such as those that MicroSeismic has developed. These and other technological advancements take the fear out of fracing, ensuring that both people and the environment are safe. It’s time to step up, and have a heaping plateful of natural gas."