Category Archives: Natural Gas

Why U.S. Is Running Out of Gas (Time magazine 2003)

Donald L. Barlett & James B. Steele. July 21, 2003.  Why U.S. Is Running Out of Gas. Time Magazine. Inflated oil prices and natural gas shortages are wiping out jobs and savings, thanks to three decades of bungled energy policy. … Continue reading

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Industrial Waste Heat – more BTUs than all renewable energy resources combined

Industrial waste heat Coal, natural gas, and oil are essential for the high temperatures required in the thermal processing of metals, cement, fertilizer, glass, processed foods, and so on. About 420 trillion Btus of this is wasted, and some of … Continue reading

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Vaclav Smil on natural gas (ethane) and plastics

Vaclav Smil. 2013. Making the Modern World: Materials and Dematerialization.  Wiley. Polyethylene (PE) is by far the most important thermoplastic (it accounted for 29% of the world’s aggregate plastic output, or roughly 77 Mt, in 2010), polypropylene (PP) comes next … Continue reading

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Drinking the Kool-Aid. The U.S. Senate believes we are energy independent.

[Some of the interesting parts of this session are $95 billion dollars of new manufacturing, transport, & utilities that are growing to take advantage of the cheap NG here, which will exponentially increase the use of energy. Even if we … Continue reading

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Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) & Coal-to-liquids (CTL) can not compensate for declining oil production

Notes from 34 page: Höök, M., et al. 2014. Hydrocarbon liquefaction: viability as a peak oil mitigation strategy. Philosophical Transactions. Series A: Mathematical, physical, and engineering science, 372 Current world capacity of hydrocarbon liquefaction is around 400,000 barrels per day … Continue reading

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Hydrocarbon liquids, drop-in fuels, oil refining, oil distribution, GTL, CTL

Notes from 41 page: National Petroleum Council. 2012. Chapter 11: Hydrocarbon Liquids.                        Hydrocarbon liquids have properties that make them high-quality transportation fuels and allow the supply chain to operate … Continue reading

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David Hughes on LNG, Oil Sands, Natural Gas

David Hughes. July 17, 2015. Opinion: Is B.C.’s natural gas bounty for LNG export real or imagined? The Vancouver Sun. [This old post may turn out to be true if oil prices stay low, given how expensive it is to … Continue reading

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Natural Gas limits: 20-40% of recoverable resources are low EROI Sour Gas

SBC. October 2014. Factbook Natural Gas Factbook. SBC Energy Institute                           There are 855 trillion cubic meters (tcm) of technically recoverable resources, which means that regardless of cost … Continue reading

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Trucks running on CNG or LNG

National Petroleum Council 2012 Chapter Fourteen Natural Gas. Topic Paper #21 An Initial Qualitative Discussion on Safety Considerations for LNG Use in Transportation. Below is an overview of obstacles to using Compressed natural gas (CNG) or Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) … Continue reading

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Natural gas: The fracking fallacy Nature 2014

Inman, Mason. December 3, 2014. Natural Gas: The fracking fallacy. Nature 516, 28-30 Editorial The EIA projects that production will rise by more than 50% over the next quarter of a century, and perhaps beyond, with shale formations supplying much … Continue reading

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