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White House officials defend natural gas

Energy Global -- Two senior White House officials have defended natural gas as part of the administration’s energy and climate change policies.

John Podesta, Special Advisor to the president, and John Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, have both reacted against recent criticism by some environmental groups about the administration’s backing of increased natural gas use.

Podesta told reporters: ‘If you oppose all fossil fuels and you want to turn that switch off tomorrow, that is a completely impractical way of moving towards a clean energy future’. He elaborated that immediately cutting out all fossil fuels from any strategy was ‘sort of an impractical suggestion.

Holdren said: ‘The basic story on methane, including from the LNG sector, is that the emissions...


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2014 5:58:57 AM

wanna see what unmitigated coal burning does to people and their environment? Look at pictures from post-Soviet era East Germany, Poland and Russian enclaves.
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2014 2:45:04 PM

Alaydown - "Of course that only applies to eliminating everyone but themselves."

Well, SOMEBODY's got to take care of the planet.

"They don't really care about the planet. They only care about their wacko socialist agenda."

No, that's a different group of 'Enviro-wackos'.

"Obama, the majority of DemocRATs and those who believe in global warming also fall into this category."

I really haven't noticed much of a "socialist agenda" from Obama. He talks it, a bit, but his actions are mostly (incompetently) pro-business.
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Alaydown
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2014 4:11:21 AM

"Many 'Enviro-wackos' regard humanity as an infection, to be reduced or eliminated until it no longer makes the planet sick."

Of course that only applies to eliminating everyone but themselves. They don't really care about the planet. They only care about their wacko socialist agenda. Obama, the majority of DemocRATs and those who believe in global warming also fall into this category.
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rjhenn
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2014 1:11:03 AM

CHSTornado - "Enviro-wackos fight every form of alternative energy, so what are we supposed to do for energy? Back to the stone age?"

Many "Enviro-wackos" regard humanity as an infection, to be reduced or eliminated until it no longer makes the planet sick.

OTOH, many of those who support coal regard humanity as merely a source of profit, and don't care how sick people get, as long as they continue to make them rich.

The rest of us need to find some middle ground, to be healthy and wealthy.
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2014 12:18:25 AM

just keep the greed out and help the lower class!
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2014 12:09:10 AM

It seems that fuel (in whatever form) drastically fluctuates in price over the years. This has been especially true in regard to the price of oil and gas. There is no clear cut answer. For example: if homeowners want to save money on heating costs and convert to natural gas, the price will quickly rise due to "market demand" and often surpass fuel oil costs. Regardless of the type of energy, the price remains too high.
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2014 12:06:03 AM

ok
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They know how to blow air out of their asses
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2014 12:00:53 AM

ok
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GeneS
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 11:59:56 PM

White House officials defend natural gas??? What do they think they know???
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 11:58:48 PM

Two outright communists: Holdren and Podesta. And these advise the likewise president.

Killing coal kills America. That is their goal.

They don't pay the price. We do.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 11:56:45 PM

Politics jumping to conclusion again.
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crashintuc34
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 11:54:39 PM

Just like the dinosaur Nancy Pelosi said: Natural gas is so much cleaner than fossil fuels!
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 11:53:41 PM

Enviro-wackos fight every form of alternative energy, so what are we supposed to do for energy? Back to the stone age?
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 11:50:53 PM

If they don't want natural gas, other petroleum products, no nuclear energy, then what do these environmentalists want? Nothing?
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 11:49:23 PM

more BS out of them
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 11:48:56 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 11:46:32 PM

Clean energy will not come easy or very soon, however it will come and it needs to... we have to start changing our course now for a successful energy future.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 11:44:06 PM

Okay
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 11:41:03 PM

Obama waffles so much I can see the confusion...
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 11:38:43 PM

Keeping natural gas in the mix is a no brainer.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 11:37:20 PM

Their policy is in shambles.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 11:35:15 PM

Natural gas is worth defending. BUT, the government shouldn't have to defend it. Government should get out of the issue and let the market work it out.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 11:33:28 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 11:33:03 PM

ok...
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 11:30:46 PM

whatever.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 11:29:49 PM

Now for some, that will influence what you pay to keep your vehicle on the road.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 11:28:26 PM

Drama
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 11:28:18 PM

great
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 11:27:11 PM

Why they would oppose natural gas while coal is still being mined and burnt is beyond reason!
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 11:25:04 PM

Turn off the switch on all the extremists. Even 'green' energy requires oil.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 11:24:37 PM

whatever it takes
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 11:23:49 PM

Extreme environmentalist do not know what practical means.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 11:22:06 PM

So the White House has a policy on Climate Change. Maybe they could tell us just when the climate hasn't changed.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 11:20:52 PM

I don't believe anything the White House says...
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 11:19:02 PM

WHATEVER!
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 11:17:17 PM

Whatever.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 11:17:06 PM

Ok
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Ok
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 11:15:58 PM

Natural Gas is the answer.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 11:12:49 PM

Really?
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 11:12:45 PM

They have a lot of natural gas in Washington, D.C. and they probably do not eat chili for lunch; and I like what someone said about throwing a match into Washington to see what might happen!
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 11:11:48 PM

Fire all in the current administration and use all of the above energy that we have.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 11:10:50 PM

Does it really matter.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 11:10:40 PM

NG is the next step...
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The problem is Ethanol. Get rid of it.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 11:02:27 PM

Honest environmentalists welome clean-burning natural gas, rather than coal or oil, as a temporary solution while "clean" renewable fuels are being developed. Meanwhile the ever-tightening environmental regulations are driving up the cost of all types of fossil fuels to balance the higher cost of producing "green" or renewable fuels.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 11:02:21 PM

I'm having a lot of use of natural gas right now. Chili for lunch.
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Ughhhhhh....
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Bull!
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