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Brian W
Atlanta GA USA
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Russia's Catastrophic Oil & Gas Problem
6/5/2022 8:47:58 PM
Russia's Catastrophic Oil & Gas Problem. This video was very eye-opening as to what is happening in the Ukraine. Russia wanted it all at first. Couldn't have it, so is going for what matters the most. Very informative video.
2.7 million views and 5.8 million subscribers so it's worth a watch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo6w5R6Uo8Y&ab_channel=RealLifeLore
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vpatrick
MA MA USA
Posts: 2243
Joined: 2020
Russia's Catastrophic Oil & Gas Problem
6/11/2022 7:11:28 PM
Wow,

Thanks Brian

Watched the whole video just now and Im struck speechless, but I know now why Putin is such a bad historian, he is trying to use Russian history and its glory points in history for propaganda reasons to get his people to fight for pipelines. The Russian people are probably just as dumb as the American people when it comes to fighting for oil when the government feels a threat to its political survival. While the US lost about 8 or 9 thousand dead soldiers between Iraq and Afghanistan and Im sure 100 thousand injured and maimed over 20 years, I was shocked to think the Russian people would accept similar casualties within a few months, but then Russia lost 30 million people just 80 years ago and this is nothing.

Putin attacked at the perfect time when western nations were shutting down their nuclear reactors and also shuning their own domestic fossil fuel production and not properly phasing in renewable energies with fossil fuels, Joe Bidens first executive order shutting down the Keystone Pipeline within the North American continent sent shivers throughout the domestic fossil fuel industry in the US and by allowing the Russian Nordstream 2 to continue sent a message of we need you Putin the west will pat ourselves on the back concerning Climate Change as you Putin supply cheap gas.

Im not a climate denier but there is no known tech right now to heat my house in the winter I live in the northeast of the US maybe there is but Im not rich and neither are the rest of the 98%. I cant afford a Tesla and if I could something in the 60 k range (which I still cant afford), Im going away to upstate Maine for a vacation how will I get home the cabin im going to and Im sure the the town does not have a charger for an electric car.

My point is we can wish for renewable energy but the infrastructure is not there my elderly parents still need heat and the poor, and folks like my parents are bearing the brunt of high energy costs they live on fixed incomes and cant pick up an extra shift at work there is no transition plan just nonsense. The plan seems to be to sabotage domestic fossil production raise costs on the people it will hurt the most and hope grandma can heat her uninsulated old house with solar panels. There needs to be a transition a thoughtful one without bankrupting our most vulnerable.



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George
Centre Hastings ON Canada
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Russia's Catastrophic Oil & Gas Problem
6/11/2022 8:29:35 PM
I echo some of Vin's concerns. I live in a rural area and unless I become a hermit, I do have to drive to buy the things that I need and that is becoming costly. It isn't very far to the nearest shopping area but if you do that every day, you still use quite a bit of gas. And gas is now heading to $2.15 per litre by next week.

I would like an electric car but the infrastructure to all people to charge up anywhere in the country is not there yet. I'm pretty sure that if I stayed in the Toronto area and never went anywhere else that an electric car would be very useful. There are lots of charging stations in the urban areas. But Canada is huge and if I wanted to head out west then there are vast spaces in between towns without charging centres. Then what? I wonder whether CAA is equipped to give emergency fast charges from their trucks.

As for heating the home, I use liquid propane and the price per litre went up quite a bit. The solution is likely a heat pump. Even the air sourced heat pumps which operate on electricity can provide sufficient heating and cooling in my part of the world. I suspect that I would still need some sort of auxiliary heating system though.

We will need some government assistance in the form of incentives to switch to both heat pumps and EV's.

People want to do the right thing but they can't afford to do so right now.

Cheers,

George

vpatrick
MA MA USA
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Russia's Catastrophic Oil & Gas Problem
6/11/2022 8:53:43 PM
Hi George

I was thinking about putting solar panels on my roof but my roof is about half way through its life how do they replace my roof? And if they do will they destroy my roof I dont have 20 grand and another ten when my electric bill is a 70 bucks a month right now. Goes up to $234 in the summer. pay alot for gas.

I just suck it up

vpatrick

Wow George ; we agreed on something!!!!!
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George
Centre Hastings ON Canada
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Russia's Catastrophic Oil & Gas Problem
6/12/2022 7:19:24 AM
Quote:
Hi George

I was thinking about putting solar panels on my roof but my roof is about half way through its life how do they replace my roof? And if they do will they destroy my roof I dont have 20 grand and another ten when my electric bill is a 70 bucks a month right now. Goes up to $234 in the summer. pay alot for gas.

I just suck it up

vpatrick

Wow George ; we agreed on something!!!!!


Yes we have agreed on something. We may have more in common than we think.

Vin, I read somewhere that solar panels on the roof aren't always a good thing unless you have a "life time" roof made of steel. You're right about roof replacement. If you have asphalt shingles, they don't last forever and it costs a fortune to have the solar panels removed so that the shingles may be replaced. And then you have to pay for a re-install of the panels.

As well, it seems that critters like to live between the panel and the asphalt shingles. There was one case up here where a man tried to make an insurance claim for roof damage caused by the solar panels and by animals living up there. It was denied by the insurance company.

I've got enough space to install a solar panel or two on the property but the panels aren't exactly pleasant to look at. The person in charge says that she wouldn't like those "ugly things". But our province introduced a plan whereby a solar panel owner could sell unused electricity back to the grid and at some ridiculous price per kw. I don't know whether that is still in effect.

BTW, at $70 a month for electricity you have a really good deal. How much of your electricity is sold by Québec to your state? Québec has comparatively inexpensive hydro-electric power to the point that most people heat their homes in that province with baseboard electric.
I wish that we had greater access to Québec's power grid.

Cheers,

George
vpatrick
MA MA USA
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Russia's Catastrophic Oil & Gas Problem
6/12/2022 6:41:51 PM
Hi George,

I dont know if my state buys electricity from Quebec I have National Grid, but one reason my electric is low is because I also have natural gas it powers my hot water heater, dryer, heat for the house and stove and this runs me about on average $220 a month which Im sure is going up. My parents who live around the corner have oil heat they are paying around 6 dollars a gallon for oil (roughly 4 litres) its similar to diesel so every fill up is about 600 to 700 dollars which they need filled about 8 times a year, when I go over there they are wearing double layers of clothes and thermostat rarely goes above 62 or 65, I offer to help but they are proud stubborn people.

This is hurting the most vulnerable and I believe there is enough oil and gas in the US and Canada to alleviate this and have a coherent plan to at the same time to wean folks off of fossil fuels by massively expanding our capabilities with renewable energy. The cost of any seismic shift seems to always be passed on to the little guy as the rich get richer.

vpatrick
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