Sept. 24–“Permian Drillers Burn $1 Million in Gas Daily,” said a recent Wall Street Journal headline.
The Permian Basin of Texas and New Mexico generates more natural gas as a byproduct of oil drilling than the drillers know what to do with, so they burn it, about $1 million worth every day. That is about two million cars’ worth of greenhouse gas, the story says. Even that is only 3 percent of the gas generated. Drillers say they can’t get the gas to market until more pipelines are built.
—-Rural households spend a greater share of their income on energy than urban households,
s The Appalachian Voice.A report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and Energy Efficiency for All concluded that low-income households in rural areas pay a share of household income for energy that is almost three times the size of the share paid by high-income households.
For all income levels, rural residents tend to pay more for energy than other regions.
—-Also from The Appalachian Voice, “American national forests play a crucial role in slowing the effects of climate change.” While the nation’s forests, like everything else, will be affected by climate change, they also offset about 10 percent of the nation’s carbon emissions, filter water, clean air, prevent erosion and contribute to biodiversity.—-It’s like the old Cold War days, when fans of unchecked capitalism run around tagging anything they don’t like with the word “socialism.” Cynical politicians hope that voters are stupid enough to fall for the trick.
John Patrick Grace recently pointed out in the Huntington Herald-Dispatch that American society has always been a blend of capitalist (privately owned) and socialist (publicly owned) endeavors, and Americans depend on a balance between the two.
“Out of balance, either side can easily weaken or wreck our whole national enterprise,” Grace writes. “(We forget at our peril John D. Rockefeller’s classic remark, ‘The greatest enemy of capitalism is unfettered capitalism.’)”
—-If you intend to donate to Charleston’sCovenant House, which helps homeless people to take care of themselves and get back on their feet, be vigilant. There is another organization, known as Covenant House of New York or Covenant House International. They are unrelated but can be easily confused online.—-The West Virginia Land Trust added 1,677 acres to its protection in 2017, bringing the total conserved acres to 8,654, according to the group’s annual report.
—-The West Virginia Herb Association Fall Conference will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Valley Park Conference Center in Hurricane,
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