Google+

Mother Nature & The Energy Horror Story

 

 by Amy Lignor

With everything that Mother Nature has thrown about this winter (and knowing there is far more to come), gas and propane prices have become a darker horror story than anything even ‘Stephen King’ could produce.

 

Just getting on the telephone and listening to family members talk about how $700.00 shipments of gas/or oil have been needed every two weeks and another $400.00 or more for propane during the same time, makes one sick. Not sick enough to move backutility-bills to the frozen tundra of Connecticut from the eighty degree weather of New Mexico but, still…sick.

 

99% of the people on this planet can not afford this crisis. Not to mention, the world can not afford to have oil, gas and propane still be the end all and be all of energy sources that keep the world from getting greener and the people from gaining any financial success whatsoever

 

As everyone knows, gas markets, oil and propane fluctuate constantly. The demand grows higher and higher in a winter that simply won’t quit, and the need for cleaner burning (which is, of course, more expensive) summer-grade fuel, is also ruled and regulated to death. Demand is far outweighing supply. Heck, even state of emergencies were declared with the last storm when various states announced they had no salt or sand left for the roads. Everything affects the prices of everything else when it comes to the need for energy to be supplied.

 

OPEC, also, will slow down production levels to help maintain whatever global crude oil price they want at any given time. Seeing as that a huge piece of that market is controlled by OPEC, the output narrows, and the prices rise. Perhaps it doesn’t matter at the moment, seeing as that millions can’t even get on the road, so buying gas is not an option at all.

 

Not only are the budgets of cities and states going south, as far as finding the money to deploy extra plows and buy extra sand and salt, but it is the individual homeowner who is really getting the burden of the polar vortex placed on their shoulders.

 

Statistics are high and getting higher with each new storm. More than 14 million families across the U.S. use propane to fuel their furnaces; this fact ended up having many states declaring energy emergencies one right after the other. Residents are being asked to cut down as much as possible because supplies are limited, and customers are being begged by their state and town leaders to use everything wisely in the coming weeks and not to waste energy.

 

The Midwest already had a propane deficiency before the winter even came upon them, and in the middle of January, before Pax and a few others hit hard, the average propane prices were 58 cents per gallon higher than last year. The wallets of those whose wallets are already on empty are being emptied out even more. And that’s if they can even GET shipments to their homes.

 

Winter-weather budgets of major cities have had to be slashed. Chicago is only one that dealt with this problem, cutting their budget by more than half during January’s very first storm.

 

People want the streets safe, yes, but they want their homes warm so that they and their children don’t freeze. Without the energy sources available, not to mention the cash, 2014 has started on a very negative note.

 

Wind chills of minus-twenty degrees or even lower have been a daily weather event. For homes that are older and less insulated, the wind chills have destroyed any idea of coming home to a nice, warm house after work. When prices go up, when money is tight, when the house is cold – these are all issues that bring about depression, as well as new aches and pains never before experienced.

 

As far as the future of energy is concerned, the government leaders, the states, the businesses and the 1%, will have to find new ways to supply new energy sources ASAP. After all, even when this winter comes to a close there’s no telling whether or not 2015 will usher in yet another polar vortex horror story.

 

Be Safe!

 

 

,

Entertainment

Top Ten DVD List for January 17, 2017

    This Week’s DVD Releases by Kam Williams Top Ten DVD List for January 17, 2017                       Ali [Commemorative Edition] https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01MQEU1P1/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 Long Way North https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01M1YT5Y7/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 Train to Busan https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01MS5PJH5/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 Ouija: Origin of … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Books

Concerned Father Creates Children’s Book Series To Help Make Learning About Valuable Black History Information Fun Again

  Concerned Father Creates Children's Book Series To Help Make Learning About Valuable Black History Information Fun Again   Orlando, FL (January 16, 2017) – EOTO Books & Publishing announced today the immediate release of “The Christopher OluFela Series of Books for Kids” written by father and creative children’s picture book author Lee Chavous. The books take a unique approach to inform young readers of a rich African American … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

The Day After the Day Of

  The Day After the Day Of by Paul Ilechko   The sky sheds its tears. This morning is the morning of the day after. The day of mourning, the day after the day of.  I beseech the sky to shed tears in order to wash away the tears on my face.   This is the first day of the time after. This is the beginning of a new time, the days of pain, the days of sorrow. We are in mourning. The sky looks down and sheds its tears for … [Read More its Good For You...]

Real Estate

History Being Sold to the Highest Bidder

  History Being Sold to the Highest Bidder by Amy Lignor   For the longest time, scientists and archaeologists have been confused and bemused by various discoveries they’ve unearthed that offer little or no explanation as to the who, what, and why of the people who created these things or left them behind. Even now, in 2017, there are discoveries being studied; stories that were once legends now have actual bits of proof being found that … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Lifestyle

Groundswell for Chazelle!

  Damien Chazelle The “La La Land” Interview with Kam Williams Groundswell for Chazelle! Damien Chazelle wrote and directed the Academy Award-winning Whiplash which landed five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay for Chazelle. The movie won a trio of Oscars in the Film Editing, Sound Mixing and Supporting Actor (J.K. Simmons) categories. In 2013, his short film of the same name won the Short Film … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

Come See Tidewater Boats at Miami’s Favorite Boat Show

  Come See Tidewater Boats at Miami’s Favorite Boat Show By Craig Lamb Water and boats go together, but you don’t always find both at a boat show. You can now find those and more at the 2017 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show. This year’s event, conveniently scheduled during President’s Day weekend, is Feb. 16-20. The show has a new home at the Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin on Biscayne Bay. The location on … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

What is in the Water in New England?

  What is in the Water in New England? by Amy Lignor   “There won’t be much left in our season.”   “Doesn’t feel good.”   The above are quotes made by the top echelon – the robotic twins, if you will, of the NFL –  after their win. Yes…I said, win. For the sixth straight season the New England Patriots have won their divisional match-up and are headed on to play the AFC Championship Game in their own hometown – on … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Spotlight on Africa

  Spotlight on Africa by Amy Lignor   As the year winds down and comes to a close, it is Africa that is receiving some headlines that call for many changes and improvements to be made in the coming years. It was Ambassador Amina Mohamed (Nairobi, Kenya) that spoke recently about the African Union Commission (AUC) and how the group must provide leadership in the coming years. After all, the nation of Africa is, in truth, the cradle … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

The Grandest New Year’s Celebrations Around the World

    The Grandest New Year’s Celebrations Around the World by Amy Lignor   Oh, yes…there are many, many places to travel in order to ring in that New Year in style. Some people have already stated that they see 2017 becoming one of the ‘best of the best’ years the world has ever seen – from technology to business to education to even “going greener” – heck, green has even been chosen as the top color of 2017. But where should you … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living

2017 Will Be Green!

    2017 Will Be Green! by Amy Lignor   This statement is not a “hopeful” imagination talking; it is actually quite true. Very recently the Pantone Color Institute declared that green will most definitely be THE color for 2017. This is a company that calls themselves the “global color authority,” and states that everything from high fashion to trends will be on the green path throughout next year. So…when we look at a “green” … [Read More its Good for You...]